By Donna Fowler
It goes without saying that nothing beats the smell of fresh pine for evoking great childhood memories of Christmases past. Here are a couple tips for filling your home with this wonderful, traditional holiday smell.
Of course, a Christmas tree is the most obvious source. Remember, the stronger the scent, the fresher the tree. A deep green color and sappy trunk also indicate freshness. To keep it that way, don’t place your tree anywhere near a heat source and be sure to fill the water reservoir daily so that it doesn’t dry out prematurely. Be mindful of electrical outlets, dried needles and other fire-hazard warnings. A properly cared-for tree will last for several weeks before the needles start falling off with frequency. When that happens, it’s a clear sign that it’s time to take it down.
You can also enjoy the essence of a tree by bringing in a fresh pine wreath. Sure, they’re great for welcoming guests at your front door, but why not hang one inside your home, too? Display a wreath above a fireplace or where a mirror normally hangs. Or place one on a table filled with ornaments.
Or go even simpler with pine boughs. You can purchase them at Christmas tree lots, but why not go environmentally friendly? Go for a walk around your neighborhood, the park or in the foothills and collect small, fallen pine limbs. Place them in a large floor vase with water and wrap them in twinkly lights. Viola! You’ve added a splash of light to a dark corner. Or lay them across a fireplace mantel, entry table or bar, creating a great bed to display more of your holiday decorations. You won’t be able to keep these watered so you may need to replace them a time or two.
From all of us at Bradford Real Estate, enjoy a safe, happy and pine-scent-filled holiday season!