If I asked you to think about Christmas when you were a child, what would you remember? The smell of the Christmas tree, the aroma of Christmas dinner cooking in the kitchen, or the sweet smell of hot chocolate with marshmallows?
Scents are often linked with memories – certain scents can bring you right back to a memory as if it happened just yesterday.
In fact, studies find that scent is so closely linked to memory, that people can remember a scent with 65% accuracy after one year, whereas visual memory drops to nearly 50% after only a few months. Our sense of smell really does play a big role in our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not.
Christmas is a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”
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It makes sense then, that scents have the ability to change our mood (…see what I did there! :)) . So, adding a festive “Christmas-y” fragrance to your home will give your family and friends a Hygge-style, warm, cozy, and comforting feeling.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to add beautiful smells to the home at Christmas time:
Scented candles are a wonderful way to make your home look and smell festive during the holiday season. Having lit candles around your home will most definitely add to your hygge experience. The warm glow will make rooms feel cozy and comfortable.
Almost all stores sell scented candles these days, but I recommend you buy candles that use essential oils for the fragrance. Artificial fragrances often trigger allergic reactions, which would really put a damper on your holiday festivities!
Scents like warm vanilla, cinnamon, and peppermint are some holiday favorites.
Another way to make your home smell amazing this Christmas is with fresh greenery. A freshly cut fir tree, a fresh wreath, or branches from an aromatic evergreen are great ways to keep your hygge home smelling and feeling joyful.
If fresh trees and branches are not naturally available in your area, check with your local home improvement store. Some of the best-smelling evergreens are the Scotch pine, Douglas fir, white spruce, and Noble fir trees.
Last, but not least, baking homemade holiday treats always keeps your home filled with sweet and savory scents. Not only is baking and cooking seasonal treats a perfect hygge activity, but it also makes your home smell amazing.
No matter how you decide to do it, keep your home smelling festive for a relaxing and memorable hygge holiday.
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