Holiday Memories for your Senses with Scented Candles

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Christmas is almost here and a perfect way to get into the right holiday spirit is to bring the color and delicious scents of the season home: for me it means colors red, green, white and gold – and those traditional scents of apples, nuts, cinnamon sticks, gingerbread cookies, vanilla, frosted berries and fresh spruce from outdoors.

When I was little my parents would place at the house entrance branches of fresh spruce for wiping the snowy feet, and a fresh door wreath made from spruce for getting that delicious scent into the house upon arrival, and I will always think of my childhood Christmases when I smell the fresh spruce. However, as I now live a place where you can’t easily get branches of spruce or all different pine cones for scented decorations, I am using more ready-made and plastic decorations. They can be as pretty as the real thing, but they are of course lacking the good, natural scents. This raises the question on how to bring those delicious scents into the house? I have found that one can re-create and add new dimensions to the good old scents with lovely scented jar candles and tea lights, diffusers or scented plugin oils – and there are some new lovely limited edition seasonal scents every year – such as the Limited Edition Winter Collection from Glade® this year.

I love the traditional scents with a twist of something new in them such as the Apple Cinnamon Cheer™ with hints of spicy nutmeg and clove in it as well as some new seasonal scents such as the Sweet Holiday Treat™ with rich cocoa, toasted nuts and creamy caramel topped with hints of sweet milk and cinnamon. I just love sitting in the front of flickering fireplace, drinking hot chocolate or warm apple cider, listening to some seasonal tunes, smelling the fresh aromas of the season and enjoying the Christmas spirit with all senses.

In general I am a huge fan of candles all year round, but especially so in winter time: there is no better way of creating a relaxed mood in the house than a few scented candles lit on a tray on the coffee table where they also make a lovely decorative centerpiece. In many houses Christmas is often a very busy season filled with events and shopping, but at the same time there are more visitors stopping by and that is the time when home fragrances become really handy and useful: I find that the was melts and sprays can bring quickly sweet scents of Christmas into the house and create a more inviting atmosphere for everyone. Scents help the body and mind to relax in an instant and recover from the busy schedules, and for that purpose I just love the rich scent of Sweet Holiday Treat™ candle the most: for me toasted nuts, caramel and cinnamon are the scents and flavors of the festive holidays!

Get festive this holiday season with the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection available exclusively at Target. Inspired by the best feelings of the season, the Glade® Sweet Holiday Treat™ scent lets you indulge in the irresistible scent of rich cocoa, toasted nuts, and creamy caramel. The 2013 Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection was inspired by the nostalgic, spontaneous, snowy, moments that build up to the holidays. Creating memories with loved ones defines the season and the holiday lineup from Glade® is just as memorable.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine.

About Reeta Laaksonen

Reeta Laaksonen and her family are always on the move. For her, home is where her family is - which is currently near London, UK. Reeta has lived in five different countries and by the age three her twins had lived on three continents already. When this family is not planning their next move, you will probably find them hiking, visiting temples, old castles or relaxing on some secluded beach. She thinks that every day is special, with the next adventures waiting right behind the corner. Reeta loves gardening and decorating, and has a passion for good wines. Besides writing she also pours her energy on learning Mandarin Chinese and baking with her children. For more stories about travel, décor, inspiration and global family lifestyle visit Reeta’s blog House of Anaïs and connect with Reeta on Twitter @houseofanais. Check out also House of Anaïs on Pinterest.