The 12 Smells Of Christmas

The 12 Smells Of Christmas

3 Cinnamon sticks, 2 evergreens and some wrapping paper under the tree.
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Presents, family, snow, lights, smells...? All these are words that come to mind when Christmas is mentioned. While the last one is usually overlooked, smells are very important to enrich the holiday experience. Between dinner cooking in the kitchen, the fire in the living room, and the gingerbread cookies for dessert, all the smells create the perfect backdrop for family fun. In the spirit of the holiday season, I present the 12 Smells of Christmas.

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a cool smell because it can be associated with the fall AND winter. From Pumpkin Spice Lattes to cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, cinnamon always means something tasty.

2. Peppermint

This scent goes with Christmas just like marshmallows in hot cocoa. Candy canes are a holiday season essential.

3. Freshly Baked Cookies

Cookies are quite the two-for-one deal: a great smell with an even better taste.

4. Evergreen Trees

Any house with a **real** Christmas tree understands, and it makes people with fake trees (like myself) pretty jealous. It's a decoration and an air freshener.

5. Newly Opened Wrapping Paper

My roommate says she likes this smell during the holidays. I don't really understand it, but I'm assuming it has to do with the gratification that comes with wrapping all those presents that you bought for your friends and family.

6. Ham

As someone who hosts Christmas Day every year with my family, the scent of dinner cooking in the kitchen is one of the best parts of celebrating. Whether you actually eat ham or not, everyone has that dish that represents festivity to them.

7. Plastic

Okay, this one may be a stretch, but hear me out. All those presents are either made of plastic or wrapped in it. The tape? Plastic. The trash bags for all the wrapping paper and tape? Also plastic. Do you see where I'm coming from?

8. Candles

Candles are the best Christmas decoration because the flicker of lights creates such a warm atmosphere. The smells are good, too.

9. Firewood

If the candles don't do it for you, the fireplace is like a really big one that smells like a woody winter wonderland.

10. Eggnog

While not the most popular drink, its hard to deny the fact that it smells delicious. Whether you're a fan or not, eggnog is a Christmas staple. I mean, does anyone drink it when it's NOT Christmas? I don't think so.

11. Wine

There's always at least one bottle of wine on the dinner table at all the Christmas celebrations I attend throughout the season. When there's good wine, there usually means there's great food on the way.

12. Gingerbread

And last but most certainly not least -- gingerbread. Probably the MOST popular Christmastime smell. It is so distinct and can draw in even the biggest Grinch in seconds. I would never dare to go a Christmas without it.

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The Basic Christmas List For Young Adult Women

If you're looking for the perfect gift, here's a list.
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Looking for the #Basic list for young adult guys? Head right here.

1. Knit/Fleece Socks

Actually, any socks in general, #TBH.

2. Makeup

Hit up Ulta, Sephora or Amazon Beauty. Highlight/contour sets are always something us gals want but can never afford. There are also a lot of great makeup gift ideas here.

3. Big Comfy Sweaters

American Eagle / H&M; are great places to find these. FYI, you really can't mess up buying a girl a sweater!

4. Love Your Melon Hats

They're for a good cause and they're cute, so why not purchase one?

5. Comfy Lounging Clothes

Joggers, sweatshirts, half zips, hoodies...

6. 5 for $25

Self-explanatory.

7. Jewelry

Alex & Ani and Pandora are always popping. Also, if you are shopping for a significant other, just listen to Bey!

8. Blanket Scarves

Ooooo... comfy and cute, that's like two gifts in one.

9. Coffee Accessories

Mugs, travel mugs, and coffee itself are all important to us.

10. Bras/Bralettes

If you're shopping for a close friend, then this is something you should look into, because a girl can never have enough bras.

11. Boots/Booties

A girl can never have enough of those either -- Christmas is a great excuse for another pair!

12. Handbags/Purses

We appreciate the names: Michael, Kate, Louis...

13. Fun Snacks and Candies

The stuff that we complain about that makes us fat is probably exactly the stuff we want.

14. College/Team Spirit Wear

You'll appreciate this gift so much when coming into college; having apparel different than the other students who raided the bookstore the first week and are all wearing the same thing.

15. Small Room Decor and Accessories

Francesca's is great with these things like canvas quotes, wall decals and more.

16. Keychains

Yes, the typical Kylie Jenner fur ball is so basic... but we love it.

17. Anything Nike

Just buy it.

18. A Polaroid Camera

I mean who doesn't want one?

19. Bath Bombs

Don't even go anywhere but Lush to get these.

20. Candles

I don't know what it is, but chicks dig good smell. Take a visit to Bath & Body Works (I'm addicted!) and you should be set for a couple years worth of gifts!

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12 Traditional Christmas Cookie Recipes That Are Better Homemade Than Store-Bought

Christmas cookies are 100% the best part of the holidays. With all of these recipes, there is bound to be at least one to please a crowd. Why not make all 12 and see.

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Baking is one of my all-time favorite holiday activities. I especially love making these recipes. Every year my family makes a point to come together and bake this list of Christmas cookie recipes because it is so much fun and totally worth the work put in. My favorites are gingersnaps (#1), but every cookie on this list is worth making. Buy some fun sprinkles and festive aprons put on a Christmas movie and have yourself a super cozy and festive baking session. The best part about this is reaping the rewards after, just think about how many warm cookies there will be!

1. Gingersnaps

Gingersnaps are literally the best cookie of all time.

If you've never made a homemade gingersnap you need to make one right now!! These are my favorite cookie of all time, they cant be a lot of work, but it's totally worth it.

2. Sugar Cookies

Make these as intricate or as plain as you want.

These are the most classic Christmas cookies. It's basically mandatory to bake sugar cookies for Christmas and to make them in fun holiday shapes.

3. Vanilla Biscotti

Cookies can be for breakfast too.

Vanilla Bean Biscotti is also a staple for Christmas at my house. These pair super good with coffee as well, so cookies for breakfast!

4. Pizelles

Another classic cookie in my house around Christmas.

This Christmas cookie recipe is simple, but it's definitely a family favorite. The lighter flavor of a Pizelle makes is perfect after a big Christmas dinner.

5. Oatmeal Rasin

The most underrated cookie.

Oatmeal raisin cookies are by far the coziest cookie for a cold winter day. Serve these with some cinnamon tea and you're bound to have a happy family.

6. Raspberry Thumb Print Cookies

This Christmas cookie recipe is one you definitely need on your table. The raspberries in these Raspberry Jam Thumbprint cookies basically makes them healthy.

7. Gingerbread

I could probably eat this whole plate right now.

Gingerbread cookies are definitely one of the more complicated cookies you can make, but its 100% worth your time. Plus you can decorate them adorably.

8. Chocolate Chip Biscotti

I'll take a dozen of these.

Unsure which of these two biscotti recipes I like more. These Chocolate Chip biscotti are bomb, plus look how cute they are wrapped up as gifts.

9. Shortbread

Easy, but delicious.

Shortbread cookies are one of the less exciting recipes, but you can totally spice them up. Dip them in chocolate and press them in sprinkles, nuts or candy cane for a fun twist.

10. Snickerdoodles

Cinnamon is the most important holiday spice imo.

Who doesn't love Snickerdoodles? Rolling them in the cinnamon sugar can be a project, but filling a bag with the topping and dropping in some dough balls makes it much easier.

11. Kiss Cookies

A classic cookie gone festive.

My family always seems to have a million of these Candy Cane kisses lying around. This Candy Cane Kiss Christmas cookie recipe is exactly what my family needs to eat all of them.

12. Brownie Cookies

Can't decide between a brownie or a cookie? Have both!

These cookies are unreal, they are so chocolatey and have such a good texture. If you're looking for a new cookie to mix up your regular bunch, this is the one for you.

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