Home & Garden: Home for the Holidays

The smell of wassail brewing on the stove, family gathered around the fire, and goodies baking in the oven. The sights, sounds and smells of the holidays take us back to warm memories and cheerful thoughts.

With Christmas fast-approaching, many of us are preparing for company. Whether it’s overnight visitors, small dinner parties or huge events, we all want our guests to feel welcome and comfortable.

“Follow your senses. Sight, smell, touch, taste and sound are what Christmas is all about,” said Julie Fost, Interior Designer and owner of J Fost Interiors. One of the best ways to bring instant cheer into your home is through comforting aromas. “This can be achieved by baking cookies, candy or breads.”

If you have the time, home stager Debbie Mason of Staged by Design, encourages whipping something up in the kitchen. “Nothing makes a home feel welcoming like that of fresh baked goodies. Through the holidays, I bake a lot and always have plenty on hand when guests arrive. If you don’t have time for baking, there are great candles and plug- ins that have the smell of pumpkin pie baking. And there’s nothing wrong with using the pre-made cookie dough.”

“A sure way to make your house smell like Christmas is with the pungent aroma of pine. Christmas trees, evergreen boughs and garlands are perfect for this,” said Fost. Potpourri will do the trick too. “When using potpourri, cinnamon and cranberry scents work well for Christmas and make the house smell wonderful when you don’t want to spend time baking.”

Inspirations Tea room can help you find the perfect scent to fill your home. Owner, Larry Rhoads says, “We’r