How to make you house smell like Christmas

Oh, the smell of Christmas! From the fresh Christmas tree to the gingerbread cookies in the oven.

There is nothing like the smell of the holidays.

Today I want to share with you,

 How to make your house smell like Christmas.

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The sense of smell, more than any other sense, has the power to recall memories. 

I want to recreate these smells to bring back those fond memories of being in the kitchen with my mom or

the smell of going to my grandparents for Christmas.

Or I want to create these smells in my own home to create memories with my own family and friends.

So how do you make your house smell like Christmas?

There are so many easy ways to create the aroma of Christmas.

1. Scented Candles

Frankinsense and Myrrh candles

I am a big candle lover, and my absolute favorite candle is lux frankincense and myrrh candle. 

This candle reminds me of my childhood growing up. My mom always had these candles burning, and the house always smelled so good. This candle will make your entire house smell heavenly.

Do you have your favorite candles that remind you of something or someone? If you think about it, we relate people and experiences with smells.


2. Bring fresh greens into the house

Fresh greens is another one of my favorites ( ok, they are all my favorites, I love when my home smells good)

Bring in a fresh Christmas tree. There is nothing like the smell of a fresh-cut tree.

Cut some fresh greens and bring them to the house to decorate. Use an assortment of fresh cedar, pine, and Balsam fir, and they smell so good.

I like to decorate my mantle with fresh greens every year. I also throw in some magnolia even though they do not smell, and they look so pretty.

Here is another excellent way to make your house smell like Christmas.

3. Make a stovetop potpourri

Put 4 cups of water in a pot on the stove and add the following. 


  1. 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries.
  2. One fresh or dried orange sliced.
  3. Three whole cinnamon sticks.
  4. 2-star anise gives a strong black licorice smell. Optional.
  5. One teaspoon whole cloves.
  6. One teaspoon of whole allspice
  7. Several sprigs of fresh rosemary

Simmer on the stove for the day, and the entire house will smell delicious. 

I also like to use the dried oranges and pack this up in a cute container for a gift. Add a cute note with the directions.

4. Decorate with Citrus

There are many ways to decorate with oranges or fresh citrus for the holidays.

1. Make a rosemary tree or fresh kale and little cuties.

2. Poke oranges with whole cloves.

3. Use oranges in a vase of flowers or greens.

4. Dry oranges and make a garland. Orange slices are so easy to dry. It’s easier if you cut them with a mandoline slicer.

Place in a dehydrator overnight or per the instructions. You can also bake in the oven at 200 degrees for up to 6 hours. I find they keep their color better using the dehydrator.

Use a variety of oranges to have a variety of color.

5. Make a fresh rosemary or cedar tree and decorate it with dried oranges.

I used a simple styrofoam cone and floral pins to attach the rosemary to the cone.

Place the cone in a fun vessel to display.

Or decorate a wreath with dried oranges, cinnamon sticks, and fresh rosemary.

6. Bake some fresh cookies

Whether you are baking gingerbread, sugar cookies, or making homemade granola, the house is sure to smell like Christmas.

Just look at these two cuties awaiting those yummy cookies.

7. Decorate your packages with fresh greens and dried oranges.

Fresh greens and fruit on a package make sure your family can smell the scent of Christmas when giving them their gifts.

8. Bring fresh flowers into the house

One of my favorites this time of the year is paperwhites or narcissus. Paperwhites are closely related to the standard daffodils – even similar in appearance – and produce highly fragrant small white flowers.

I like to plant my own, so they bloom right around Christmas day.

Other flowers that are very fragrant and nice to bring into the house to make it smell good are white lilies and roses.

Lastly, if all else fails, you can always go to Bath and Bodyworks and buy a plug, nobody will know, and I promise not to tell 🙂

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