The holidays are a magical time of year when homes are transformed into a festive wonderland. Scented candles are a simple yet highly effective way to set the mood and make your home smell like Christmas.
Christmas tree, gingerbread, cinnamon, pine, peppermint – these are some of the signature scents that immediately remind us of the holidays. When these fragrances fill the air, they spark joyful memories and get everyone into a celebratory state of mind. Scented candles today come in a wide variety of Christmas-inspired aromas that will make every room smell merry and bright.
When decorating for Christmas, consider placing scented candles strategically around your home. Put a pine-scented candle on the mantel or near the Christmas tree to emulate the fresh aroma of an evergreen forest. Put a gingerbread candle in the kitchen or dining room to make it smell like holiday baking. Burn a cinnamon candle in the living room to create a cozy, welcoming vibe.
You can also stylize scented candles by pairing them with decorative candleholders, pinecones, holly leaves, ribbon, and other festive embellishments. Choose candleholders in holiday colors like red, green, gold, and silver. For a natural look, nestle candles into a bed of pinecones, evergreen branches, cranberries, or pine needles. Tie jute, plaid ribbon, or burlap around the base of the candleholder. These simple touches will make your scented candles look rustically elegant.
When deciding where to place your Christmas scented candles, think about candle safety as well. Keep them away from flammable materials like curtains, paper, and dried floral arrangements. Place them on heat-safe surfaces and out of high traffic areas. Never leave burning candles unattended. Extinguish all candles before going to bed or leaving home. Following basic candle fire safety will allow you to enjoy your holiday candles while preventing accidents.
You can find scented candles to complement any design style or color palette. Go for a classic red and green Christmas candle duo to display on your mantel or dining table. Choose rustic earth-toned candles for a cozy cabin vibe. Opt for soft whites and silvers to pair with your winter wonderland decor. Even just two complementary scented candles can make a noticeable impact on the overall ambiance.
Christmas scented candles aren’t just for the weeks leading up to the holiday either. Keep the festivities going by burning spicy, woodsy, and sugary sweet candles throughout the whole season. Rotate through different scents from week to week. Continue filling your home with merry fragrances on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and right up until it’s time to pack up the decorations.
On Christmas morning, welcome guests with the scent of a crackling fireplace or fresh balsam fir. During Christmas dinner, create an appetizing aroma by burning a buttery vanilla or sweet cinnamon candle in the dining room. Set the mood for New Year’s Eve with sparkling citrus or elegant floral scents.
The benefits of scented candles also extend beyond mere olfactory enjoyment. The nostalgic aromas remind us of childhood joys, time with family, the magic of the season, and all that is wonderful during the holidays. It’s the scents permeating the air that create an emotional experience and sense of hygge that makes being home for the holidays so special.
With so many enticing seasonal scents to choose from, you’re sure to find candles that align with your personal preferences and style. For traditionalists, timeless options like balsam fir, cranberry spice, and sugar cookie will transport you to Christmas past. Or explore new modern aromas like frosted winter forest, Arctic pine, and peppermint mocha.
As you deck your halls this year, don’t forget to incorporate scented candles into your decor. Let the nostalgic scents of the season infuse your home with cozy warmth and yuletide cheer. A few strategically placed Christmas candles can transform any space into a magical winter wonderland. So curl up by the twinkling lights of your candlelit evergreen, breathe deeply, and let the fragrances of the most wonderful time of the year fill you with peace and joy.