Tastes and Smells of Christmas

Many people think of the holidays and their mind immediately thinks of the taste and smell of peppermint.

Candy canes

Red and white

Minty tastes and smells

And I’ll admit that much of Christmas does tend to have been enveloped by peppermint. We have read books about candy canes, studied gingerbread houses that are decorated with candy cane or peppermint drops, and made nutcrackers decorated with candy canes.

We have a nutcracker that is the peppermint nutcracker, holding peppermint drops. He’s a definite favorite.

We have candy canes on our tree and as part of some of our ornaments.

When I was growing up, I had a holiday countdown that had one mini candy cane tied to each day. I know I will have it but have not come across it this year. The girls wanted me to put it up but I just haven’t found it.

But, for me, cinnamon is as much a smell and taste of Christmas and holidays as peppermint, if not more. We have made suckers in our family for much longer than I have been around. It is one of our long standing traditions.

Bizcochitos are yummy cookies that tend to have a bit of a cinnamony smell to them and since they are a staple of the holidays in New Mexico, it is a cookie that I love to smell baking. Of course, I love to eat them, too.

making bizcochitos 2016

Cinnamon sugar nuts is another favorite to make. We make them any time but that cinnamon smell just permeates the house and makes it smell like the holidays.

Cinnamon candles, cinnamon brooms, cinnamon pinecones – these are all smells that bring me right back to the holidays at my parent’s house, tucked up by the fire watching the snow come down. We don’t get to enjoy that this year but the cinnamon smell will take me back there. And my middle girl made me cinnamon sugar nuts today while I was doing the grocery shopping so I came home to that beautiful smell of the holidays.

Happy holidays. Merry Christmas!

Blessings,
Lori, At Home.

This post is being linked up at the Homeschool Review Crew December Challenge. Head over to read more posts about what peppermint brought to mind for other bloggers. Merry Christmas and may you have plenty of beautiful tastes and smells this holiday season.

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5 thoughts on “Tastes and Smells of Christmas

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) December 23, 2020 at 9:31 pm Reply

    I’m not a huge cinnamon person, but those cinnamon sugar nuts sound intriguing.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome December 24, 2020 at 3:03 pm Reply

      They are tasty. Nuts and cinnamon with a bit of sugar? Yum!

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  3. Desiree Winz December 28, 2020 at 2:13 am Reply

    Yes, I do believe that cinnamon is definitely a smell of Christmas too! What great traditions. I have also “lost” Christmas decorations, but know that they were definitely in the Christmas boxes only to find them a few years later.

    • 3gigglygirlsathome December 28, 2020 at 10:48 am Reply

      I am certain it is around but we just didn’t get as much out this year.

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