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Can you believe that there are only 37 days until Christmas? Where did the time go? It seems like every year the holiday season flies right by. But, this year, I am trying to savor every moment, as this is the first year the girls understand the holiday and are getting excited about Santa and his reindeer coming. Just this afternoon, we finished out letter to Santa, and dropped it into the mailbox. And, over the weekend, while the girls napped, my husband pulled out the holiday outdoor lights, while I was going through the Christmas decorations. We have a a tradition in our house, that after Thanksgiving dinner, the guys retreat to the "man room" to watch television or movies, while the women and now children :-) put up the Christmas tree in the living room. And, that night we pour our first class of egg nog, and toast to the upcoming holiday season, that we get to enjoy with family and friends, from near and far.
Not only are the holidays a time to spend quality time with family and friends, it also is about making memories and having past memories be evoked by familiar scents like pumpkin pie, turkey dinner, pine or a wood burning stove warming the house. For me, two holiday scents stand out most -- fresh pine, as we used to put cut down and display a real Christmas tree when my brothers and I were little. I used to love stringing freshly popped popcorn to make garland with my Nana, for the tree, before throwing the silver tinsel around the tree. In addition to the fresh pine tree sent, another favorite was sugar cookies baking. Like I have shared in the past, I used to visit with my Italian grandmother a week before Christmas to make an assortment of cookies to bring home and enjoy with hot chocolate or a cold glass of milk, or to package up and give to people, like the neighbor, the mail carrier, and our teacher.
While I no longer get to cook cut-out holiday sugar cookies with my Nana, I am carrying on the tradition with my girls and my mom who comes to help. Last year when went crazy baking cookies, making over 12 dozen to share with family and friends. The best part for me, besides the sampling, was how great the house smelled from baking. I am so looking forward to the sugar cookie scent this year. And, while I don't have a real tree, my parents make a point to pick up room and tree spray in pine tree and even cinnamon stick scents, for me to spray the tree and living room with, to evoke memories of my childhood and my real trees.
Every time my daughter, Savannah, wakes each morning, she asks if it is time to put up the tree yet. She can't wait to put on her ornaments, as well as bake with Nana. Do you have a certain scent that triggers holiday memories? Maybe it is apple pie, mulled cider or even gingerbread...I would love for your to share holiday memories that are evoked by scents you smell in the comments section below. Also, this would be a great conversation starter at upcoming holiday dinners and gatherings, as it is always nice to hear others share their memories, including ones that are evoked by scents.
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Family will be coming to town to spend time with the girls and enjoy the holidays together. With the two guest baths we have, I will definitely be stocking up on Suave® Naturals, so that they will have all that they need to keep their skin looking and smelling great, during the cold winter months here in New England. Adding body lotion and body washes to the guest baths are always a nice touch, and they always appreciate it. A few years back, I had done up the baths with bath and body products, and one guest commented that they felt like they were at a 5-star hotel. :-) Now to just decide which of the amazing Suave products to pick up and put out for guests. :-)
And, while I am at the store picking up Suave products to add to the guest baths for my holiday guests, I will also be picking up a few extras to add to stockings and gift baskets I am putting together for family and friends. Just look at the gifts available from Suave that would make both men and women happy this holiday season, as everyone loves to pamper themselves, especially their skin during the dry, harsh winter months.
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