3 Natural Ways to Bring a Holiday Smell into Your Home

My husband's been bugging me about wanting a "holiday smell" in our home. By that, he means something along the lines of cinnamon, pine and oranges. We don't have a tree set up yet (for us, that waits until after my early December birthday) and seasonal cooking and baking only creates a holiday scent for a limited time. So, how does one imbue their home with seasonal scents? Here are three ideas that don't involve anything artificial:

  • Simmering potpourri: From Notes from the Republic, this is an all-natural, homemade potpourri that simmers on the stove top. Sends a great smell throughout the home and even puts a little moisture in that dry winter air. This can be done in a crock pot, too.
  • Pine cones: Bring some pine cones into your home and place them around in bowls. They don't have to be store-bought ones that are strongly scented with cinnamon - they naturally smell of pine.

What do you do to bring that holiday smell into your home?

Image: Notes from the Republic

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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