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Let your Sense of Smell Guide you Home for Christmas

by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner

My friend, neighbour and high school classmate used to joke with me about the smell in my house. She said that if she was blindfolded and taken all over the world on a wild goose chase and then dropped back into my house on Trombone Court in Vienna, Virginia, she’d know exactly where she was just by the smell alone. Of course, I could say the same thing about her house, too.

This observation leads me to think about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You know how Santa says, “Rudolph, with your nose so bright…won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” Maybe, Rudolph’s Marachino cherry nose is more than just a light bulb. Maybe, Rudolph’s nose is more like a highly-tuned, GIS, infrared, gizmo that homes in on unique household smells and that’s how he helps Santa get his job done so well each year while everyone else is sleeping.

Rudolph's point of view

Either way, at the end of the day, the nose is the star of the show and I’d like to invite you to pay attention to all of the aromas that are surrounding you at this time of year. This is an aromatherapy lover’s dreamtime! When you walk into someone’s house to celebrate the season, take a moment to stop amidst the flurry of activity and close your eyes and breathe deeply. What are you smelling? Turkey and stuffing roasting in the oven? What else? Try to catch a whiff of a single ingredient on the holiday menu. In my house, you’re likely to smell onions caramelizing on the stove top, which is home sweet home for me.

Do you have any favourite Christmas scents? What are they? If you were to smell them right now, would they transport you straight back into your childhood? Which smells tell you that you’re home at last?

Top 7 Christmas-themed Aromas, Tastes & Essential Oils

Here’s a list of the aromas and tastes I associate with the Christmas holidays. Some are cool and refreshing like a snowy, winter’s day and others are warm and cozy like a country cottage.

  1. Citrus Family: Mandarin, Orange, Pomegranate, Cranberry
  2. Mint Family: Peppermint, Spearmint, Wintergreen
  3. Spice Family: Cinnamon, Clove, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cardamon, Ginger, Star Anise
  4. Sweet Family: Vanilla, Chocolate, Cream, Sugar
  5. Nut Family: Hazelnut, Walnut, Almond, Macadamia
  6. Woodsy Family: Pine, Spruce, Cypress, Fir, Juniper Berry, Cedar, Sandalwood
  7. Biblical Family: Frankincense, Myrrh

Everybody knows that smells awaken deep memories and I hope everyone will create lots of happy moments with their loved ones this Christmas to replay with fondness in future Christmases, year after year.

Wishing you a very aromatic and fragrant Christmas with lots of sugar and spice and everything nice, Maria of Homespunspa.

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  1. Geeterbum says:

    HA HA HA HA! I don’t remember saying that. But it doesn’t surprise me at all!! (That said, I wonder if I would STILL recognize the smell of your old house if transported there now. I think my parents’ house in Indiana smells a lot like their Trombone Ct house….I think it’s the STUFF we’re smelling, all of which has been imbued with the household’s unique combination of dead skin cells and cleaning products and cosmetics and pets and food smells…..

    Miss you!! xoxox

    1. Thanks for being my friend all of these years, G.

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