This week’s prompt is to use one or more of these words: sense, scents and cents. Linda also gave out a bonus word — sent. At first, this prompt stumped me. I had to dig deep within the cobwebs of my brain to come up with something. The answer was right there in front of me and yet, I couldn’t see it at first.
The Scents of the Holiday Season
I wonder how many others doing this prompt are centering their post around the holidays. It certainly fits. The scents floating through the air during this time of years is one of the very few things I still like about the season. It use to be a time of love and giving of self. Anymore, all I see is buying, and much of it isn’t even for presents to share with someone else.
When I was in my twenties, I tried selling Avon to make some extra money. It didn’t turn out that way though. Even so, I didn’t lose money either. I came out even. I did learn some things about scents though and how to make the best of a few of them during the holiday season.
Oranges and Cloves
Christmas trees and pets may not get along so well, especial if you’re talking about dogs and cats. The dog wants to lay under the tree, making the skirt smell like dog and maybe ruining a few presents in the process. The cat wants to climb the thing.
If you take an orange, cover it with a design using whole cloves stuck into the peel and either hanging it on the tree or just put it inside the tree, close to the trunk and down near the bottom, the pets are likely to stay away from your beautiful tree. In addition, the cloved orange is going to give the whole room a wonderful spicy aroma.
Blue Spruce Boughs
My mom used to use Douglas Fir boughs to create the holiday atmosphere in the home. Living in Colorado where Douglas Firs can be found all over in the mountain, it was thought to be the way to go. But then a Blue Spruce tree was planted in our yard. It took a few years before the branches were touching the house. When that finally happened, my mom and I would go out there and remove some of those back branches so the siding of the house would be alright.
What a difference in the smell that traveled through our home. The aroma made it instantly Christmas in the house. We just put some boughs over the pictures that hung on the walls. A few years after we started gathering the spruce branches, we decided to go a little bit further. We tie a candy cane to each bough using colorful ribbon.
After I got a divorce from my first husband, my son and I were renting one half of a duplex. I was still visiting the folks at home and was able to collect some of the spruce boughs. I was still making my clove-scented orange for the tree despite the fact that we didn’t have a pet at the time. But I felt that there was still something missing that would give my son even a better experience of the holiday season.
That’s when I discovered votive candles. I tried the cinnamon but it wasn’t quite right. I tried the peppermint. That definitely wasn’t what I was looking for. Then I tried the French vanilla. That was the one. It gave our humble abode a cozy feeling and the anticipation of something yummy baking.
Some Other Holiday Scents
Here’s some other scents that fill the air during this time of year.
I think it’s remarkable how scents can effect one’s mood. We are rarely aware of how our mood changes. We just know that we’re smelling something, whether it be good or bad.
Resource: ACHS Health and Wellness Blog