Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Surrender
There are some aromas that bring to mind holiday memories. I love the smell of hot cider (even though I'm not a fan of drinking it - weird, I know), goodies baking in the oven and fresh cut pine trees! Unfortunately, most of us are allergic to the pine trees.
I never had troubles as a kid. I don't remember feeling like my head was so full it was going to explode or sneezing till my lungs begged for mercy. But, as I've gotten older, the allergies have kicked in. I think Little Bug, Baby Girl and Hubby are all affected by it too. Red is the only one it doesn't seem to bother. And he could care less about what kind of tree we have - as long as there are gifts under it with his name on them, then he's good.
We're so miserable when we have a fresh tree and seems so silly to suffer for such a small thing. Yet, we've done it for a long time. I grew up with a real tree. We've been married for 10 years and we've had a real tree each and every year. It's tradition.
But this year is different. We already have really bad head colds and we're tired of feeling blah. I couldn't justify making my family more sickly than we already are. I gave in. I bought a fake tree.
And now? I want to cry. It seems so ridiculous to be so upset over this, but it makes me so sad. 33 years (almost) of having that wonderful smell in my home and now it's gone.
Does anyone know of a candle or spray or something that smells wonderfully Christmas-y? It doesn't necessarily have to be a pine scent, just something holiday-ish.
In the mean time, I think I'll go bake some cookies to make myself feel better...

13 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I always grew up with a real tree, but I love having a fake. Now that I'm the one in charge of cleaning and watering, it makes life so much easier. I think you will grow to love it!

Mandy and Ken Abbott said...

I went thru the same thing a few years ago. I gave into Kenney wanting a fake tree. I found the perfect candle from Gold Canyon Candles. It's called Holiday Wreath. It's really piney, so I also burn their Christmas Memories at the same time. It's a little pine mixed with all the yummy holiday smells... cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. It's the perfect solution!

Yvonne said...

Doesn't it seem like more people have allergy problems today????

I'm sorry that it bothers all of you. Sounds like mandy has the solution.

Wish I was sitting down enjoying a cookie (or two) with you ; )

The Morris Fam said...

what a saaad tale!:( how bout pine sol?....clean while u r at it and be 2x as happy!

Christy said...

I've been allergic to christmas trees most of my life... my mom bought a fake tree when I was young just because of me... when I got married, I decided I would attempt the real tree. I only lasted about 5 years. It was just misery! I do have a glade air freshner that smells like pine trees that I spray every once in a while, but it's not the same thing as the real one. I went to target today to buy some new lights for my tree and I purposely parked by the garden center so I could walk by and savor the aroma for a minute... there is nothing in the world like the smell of a fresh christmas tree!

flip flop mama said...

I've heard there is a pine smelling spray you can buy...I don't know for sure though.

We always had real trees growing up too but then my mom gave me a fake one a couple years ago. It's too big for this new apartment so I think we're gonna get a real one this year! YAY!

diana said...

we went to a fake tree when we moved into this house 5 years ago. it was hard to get used to, also.

i usually buy some pine pot pourri (sp?) to give me that fresh pine smell. i've also used candles or bought a real pine wreath. i've heard of sprays but never have used them.

Alysa said...

We had fake trees most of our married years but we finally broke down and purchased a real tree last year and this year. I didn't like storing the tree for one and I missed the pine smell. Another solution -- get a real wreath for your front door. It's close enough that every time you open the door, here comes the pine smell. Call Denice as they were selling some for a fundraiser and they are arriving on Saturday at the high school. I'm sure there are extras. The constant cookie smell is a good alternative :)

Jodi said...

You're talking to the right woman here. Scentsy has a scent called Christmas tree, along with lots of other great holiday-ish comforting smells, like winter wonderland, clove and cinnamon and a new one called hearth and home. Email your address to me and I'll have one sent to you so you can check it out! Also, let me know which one you want. You can see all the scents available at my website www.scentsy.com/jodiwrathall

Jean Knee said...

the fake ones are looking better than ever but I'm not sure about the spray. keep lots of things baking and that should help.

we are allergic too :(

Kimberly said...

Put a pot of this on the stove to simmer:

3 parts apple juice
2 part grape juice (purple stuff)
1 part pineapple juice
1 part orange juice
Cinnamon, Cloves, and Nutmeg to taste.

So heavenly!

Shannan said...

I miss the real tree smell, too. But I do have a candle that smells so much like Christmas, I just love it! It is a Salt City Candle and the scent is Pepperberry Wreath. (It probably would have helped to have this information last week when you were passing through Utah!) Anyway, it's my Christmas favorite!

Bonnie the Boss said...

Glade sells a candle that is called Glistening Snow. It is my hubby's fav. I think it has a nice clean piney scent without being overwhelming. I have even broken one up and melted it in my Scentsy. I just watch for them to be on sale and buy a bunch for him. They only make them at christmas.