Winter Scents Make The Perfect Christmas Gifts
We have all manner of pre-Christmas traditions and rituals in our house… and they only seem to grow in number as Holly grows up. I think it’s a form of compensation.
When your kids are small and still believe in Santa Claus (by the way… I still absolutely believe in HIM), it feels a lot easier to create a sense of magic around the run up to Christmas.
Ever since that probing conversation a couple of years ago that started with “Come on Mum… tell the truth… I need to know!” I’ve been seeking comfort in other rituals that help keep the festive magic alive.
I mean… who actually is the kid here?
So when The White Company asked if I would like to partner on a Holiday Season post about my favourite rituals of Christmas, I was very happy to oblige.
As in Buddy The Elf running through the revolving door scene happy!
Preparing for Christmas feels truly magical and I willingly throw myself into every single element each year. By mid-November I’m fully committed to the cause and ready to get Christmassy.
As well as decorating the entire house and planning festive food and drink menus, I love to build up a collection of home scents to make the house smell beautiful. Mr OS has learnt that a raised eyebrow and the words “Another Christmas candle??” have no impact whatsoever anymore.
I can’t say I’m that keen on writing the Christmas cards but I love, love, love wrapping presents. I’m never happier than when surrounded by piles of gifts, rolls of ribbon and all kinds of parcel paraphernalia.
I think that Christmas is the perfect excuse for going that extra mile and making a gorgeous gift look beautiful on the outside too.
The gift-wrap process has to be accompanied by mugs of tea in the daytime (or a glass of sherry if covert night time wrapping is taking place!), a healthy amount of twinkle and ALL the Spotify Holiday Season play lists on in the background.
Give The Gift Of Winter Scents
A beautifully fragranced home in the Holidays gives the ultimate “Welcome In!” vibe, so to me it feels like the perfect gift to give to friends and family.
I have several friends who are totally on board with the everyday luxury vibe that lighting a beautiful candle creates.
Possibly because I spend all year telling them that home fragrance is a necessity to #ElevateTheEveryday and should be indulged in as much as possible!
I love the fact that whilst lots of The White Company Winter fragrances have a Christmas vibe, only one of the their seasonal offerings, the White Christmas range, uses the actual word.
the occasional gift to self
gets added to the basket…
Fragrance is so powerful when it comes to evoking memories, so I’m hoping that these gifts will bring a smile though the long winter months that inevitably follow Christmas.
As is often the case, whilst doing the Christmas shopping, the occasional Gift To Self gets added to the basket… but I think this is a treat we all deserve at this time of year!
My choice? Fir Tree… in as many forms as possible dotted about the house.
With a fragrance described as “like exploring the depths of a faraway forest that’s thick with pine trees and laden with snow”, this smells heavenly. If I shut my eyes and inhale, I’m in the Lapland of my own imaginings!
And it’s the perfect candle to light when sitting down to wrap presents.
I have to make present wrapping an occasion. This involves getting set up at the table, lighting that Fir Tree candle, putting on some Christmas music (Well Hello Mr Bublé!) and taking time to actually enjoy the process rather than seeing it as a chore.
This year I’m adding natural decorations to plain white or brown paper. Try dried slices of orange sprinkled with cinnamon (bake long & slow in the oven), apple slices, eucalyptus stems or cinnamon sticks.
Sprigs of rosemary or single fir tree branch cuttings attached to ribbon or twine adds a fragrant touch and costs next to nothing. Failing that, I love these Fir Cone Ties – perfect for an instant gift-wrap upgrade when you’re time poor.
I find its best to pick a colour theme and stick with no more than two or three shades of tonal wrapping.
i’m in charge of organising Christmas
so I get the final say…
The OS family have been known to mock my maniacal monochrome gift-wrapping tendencies, but everyone agrees it all looks pretty stylish once placed under the tree.
Besides, I’m (mostly) in charge of organising Christmas so I get the final say so!
My absolute must buy this year is a roll of the White Kraft wrapping paper. It’s the perfect, high quality blank canvas for any type of festive wrapping embellishment and not only that, as a product from Chrissie’s White Heart Foundation, 10% of the profits will be donated to the Refuge, Prince’s Trust and Place2Be charities.
So here’s where you’ll find me for the next couple of weeks.
In a house that smells of Winter Holidays and knee deep in wrapping paper and ribbon. Which is all pretty okay with me.
Oh and don’t forget the snoozing dog in the background – I think she’s in pre-Christmas hibernation mode… and I can’t wait to join her!
Which rituals and traditions for Christmas do you love the most? And do you have a favourite festive fragrance?
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