The 12 Blogs Of Christmas #4

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.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

41 thoughts on “The 12 Blogs Of Christmas #4

  1. When you live in a predominantly wooden building you tend not to light too many candles! Mulled wine is my main smell of Christmas, (though it is served throughout the winter over here). It’s the sights and sounds which are more important to me. But then I’m also a (possibly smelly) man.

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  2. I love lighting a fir scented candle this time of year. Even though our tree is very aromatic, the candle just kicks it up a notch. I received wax melts for the first time. I don’t quite know what to do with them.

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    1. ReginaMary,

      There are ceramic containers specifically for candle melts. I think you can purchase small electric pots for them as well. A Google search should bring up Amazon and other suppliers that can help with the candle wax melts.

      Tambra Nicole

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  3. Don’t remain stationary too long! Too cute. The smell of mulled spices that begins in Thanksgiving and wafts its way through Dec. And don’t laugh at this one….ashphalt. I live near a theme park called Silver Dollar City. It’s grown in popularity over the years. It’s one of the country’s top 10 theme parks. It’s GLORIOUS at Christmas. I’m hoping to go tomorrow night actually. I visit there all year round so the smell of the place stays with me all the time. Smells indeed take me to places of the heart. Merry Christmas to you and your entire family! God bless you.

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  4. Rutabaga! My mother always made it to season the gravy with the cooking water. My house is also redolent with the artificial smell of wax melt greenery or vaporized oils – none of them ever quite hit the mark of my fondest scent memories, that of the smell of evergreens in the hot summers of New England. I bake and cook constantly and hope that my children and families have good memories of our Sunday dinners and holidays. We just enjoyed our annual Christmas cookie bake this past Sunday (all of us appropriately masked or shielded), beautiful and artistic decorating especially with the help of the adult beverages. Sprinkles and crumbs abound!

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  5. The earthy scent of cedar trees always takes me back to Christmas. My father would always cut a fresh one and bring it home for us to decorate. Oddly enough, the sweet scent of bubblegum reminds me of my Uncle Carleton on Christmas mornings. He would bring me a toy bubblegum machine filled with all those colors of bubble gum. You’re right, we do equate scents to our life events. Merry Christmas.

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  6. Weird and not delicious, but I have certain heirlooms I pull out for the holidays and somehow, the scents of my grandparents homes lingers on them— the scent of cedar, woodsmoke, musk of perfumes. That’s the Holidays for me. That and pie. I Love pie.

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  7. Potato soup smell does it for me. I was raised on a farm in Nebraska, USA, and one Christmas my family was snowed in. Mom didn’t have time to go to the grocery before the storm hit, so she got creative with our Christmas Eve meal. She had plenty of potatoes, so she made the soup. It became an annual Christmas Eve tradition until my brother and I moved out.

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  8. I don’t like candles, or melts. I will spray air freshener occasionally – and my 9YO is known to use it liberally! – but I just don’t enjoy candles. I sometimes use an essential oil warmer, if I remember. Scents tend to aggravate me, so I generally use something that I can put on in one place, with a specific amount.

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  9. Pinon trees and gingerbread do it for me. Growing up in New Mexico, pinon were far more common than fir or spruce trees, so there’s that evergreen scent that makes me feel cozy. It was also used in the fireplaces for fuel. Gingerbread – either the cake style or the type for decorating makes me feel especially nostalgic for when my kids were young.

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  10. We used to have Christmas dinner of Grandma Roxie’s Steak and a lot of side dishes. Now that my mother and grandma are gone, my grandpa and I have Christmas ham and two other side dishes.


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