Christmas is always an olfactory experience at chez Black. I googled that big word. Apparently it has something to do with noses and smelling. Fionnuala and the girls have been burning Christmas candles, putting cinnamon smelling things on top of the radiators and generally doing everything within their power to eradicate ‘man smells’ from the household. If Adam, Charlie or I remain stationary for too long we are fair game to be sprayed with some sickly-sweet smelling product.
So enamoured are they by festive fragrances that they have started their own business, ‘Hannah’s Melters,’ which offer a wide range of wonderful wax melts to enliven the foulest of atmospheres. Trade was lively in the run-up to Christmas with their seasonal hampers going out the door en masse to be delivered to many satisfied customers. The amount of raw materials arriving at the house must have the neighbours thinking we are opening an Irish branch of ‘Madame Tussauds.’
Our senses are gateways to our pasts and can help in conjuring up long-forgotten memories from years gone by. I hope when the kids are older and preparing for Christmas with their own families that they can fondly think back to their childhoods and the aromas that filtered through the house. Hopefully it will be a tradition that will continue if Granny Fionnuala and grumpy old Granda Stephen come a calling with enough chocolate to last until Easter.
Are you a candle or wax melt lover? And, if so, is Christmas a time of year when you push the boat out to ensure your residence smells like a Winter Wonderland? What smells evoke memories of your Christmas childhood? Maybe succulent turkey cooking in an oven or mulled wine rich with cloves and spices. Perhaps a hot mince pie with a dollop of fresh cream on it. Share your experiences below and let’s see what we can come up with.