How to Use Christmas Fragrances in Your Decorations

By: Blythe Copeland

A silver bow turns cinnamon sticks into pretty décor.
A silver bow turns cinnamon sticks into pretty décor.

The Christmas season is full of traditional sights, sounds, and smells that make every day feel a little more celebratory – from twinkling lights to sleigh bells to pine trees, peppermint, and warm, rich spice blends. If you’re already a pro at incorporating the first two senses into your holiday decorating scheme, then we’ve got three easy ways to tie in fragrances and make every winter day that much more special.



The crisp smell of fresh pine is one of the most iconic Christmas scents, calling up images of richly decorated trees, snow-covered forests, and beribboned wreaths. It’s also one of the easiest scents to add to your decorations: If you have a fresh-cut Christmas tree, then you can probably already smell it. Other ways to incorporate this scent include indoor or outdoor wreaths and garlands, boughs of pine on your table or in a pretty glass vase as a centerpiece, and pine-scented candles (which let you get a whiff of the holiday season all year long).



Scenting your home with fresh or dried herbs and spices helps you create a warm, inviting atmosphere for all your holiday parties. Try simmering ingredients on the stove, or, for a more decorative option, look for dried versions you can display in glass dishes or vintage tins. You can also use the ingredients themselves in centerpiece arrangements: The bright colors and varied shapes of small oranges, limes, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, and cloves will look as good as they smell.



Fun, twirly peppermint sticks, candy canes, and other refreshing candies are must-haves at Christmas, whether you’re using them to decorate the tree or create a sweet and tasty dessert table centerpiece. The smell and taste of peppermint has plenty of other benefits – including soothing nausea and cramps, reducing pain or itching, and fighting bacteria. A dish of peppermint candies adds a cheery touch to tables and desks, and rainbow-striped versions of the classic candy canes take the place of bows when tied with ribbon to wrapped gifts.


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  • “Peppermint: Herbal Remedies.” TLC. (September 12, 2013)
  • “Do-It-Yourself: Christmas Potpurri.” Money Saving Mom. (Septmber 12, 2013)