The 12 Smells Of Christmas

The 12 Smells Of Christmas

3 Cinnamon sticks, 2 evergreens and some wrapping paper under the tree.

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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5 Reasons Why Your Siblings Are Your Lifeline During the Holidays

The holiday season can get stressful but no worries because your siblings will be by your side to help you get though it.

The holidays are a time when you get together with the whole family. No matter if you're related or not when you get a good amount of people together for any amount of time there is bound to be a fight and personality clashes. In the holiday season, stress levels are high which makes for an, even more, trickier situation and sometimes you just need someone who knows what you are going through and can relate. My twin brother is the one who keeps me sane during my time at home at the holidays and I am sure your sibling is too and here's how...

1. They are the ones who know to save you a seat at the Christmas dinner table.

So that you don't have to sit by anyone you might not want to sit by.

2. They can always save you when your family members keep asking your significant other (or lack of) and you just can't take it anymore.

3. They can be you're best friend when you're back home and off your normal college schedule.

4. They can help you shop for family Christmas gifts so that you don't have to do it all on your own.

5. They are there to annoy you because at the end of the day they are your sibling and that's their job.

It is the best time of the year and being with family is great but when the season greetings become too much to handle on your own you can always count on your siblings to help you get through it or at least where you don't have to suffer through it on your own. So, give your siblings an extra hug this holiday season and be grateful you don't have to go through this crazy world alone.

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10 Perks Of Staying At School Instead Of Going Home For Break

Sometimes, college is just more fun.

Caution- I'm about to present a viewpoint that many college kids will detest and disagree with.

Alright, here it is... I don't like going on breaks from school.

*Gasps arise from audience, desks are flipped, people storm out of rooms, someone has a heart attack*

Yes, yes, I know it's not a popular opinion to have, especially considering how much we all want to be done with our schooling for life and just move into our careers already. I get it- breaks provide a way for students to relieve stress for awhile and relax from the constant pressures of taking exams and writing papers. Now, please don't get me wrong, I value taking a rest just as much as the next average college Joe does.

HOWEVER, there are some aspects of being at school that I believe every student needs deep down that we just don't receive when we come back home and do nothing for three weeks. **Disclaimer, this viewpoint does not apply to those of you that actually did something productive with your lives over break. Props to you, an inspiration to us all.** Nevertheless, for those of us who spent our winter vacations as couch potatoes, eating our body weight in cookies every day, here are ten, very valid reasons why being at school can be better than being at home.

1. You, guaranteed, won't get bored.

Hmm, spend the whole day lying on the couch watching Hallmark movie specials and slowly slipping into insanity or go out with your friends and do something fun around campus? Tough one...

2. You will actually have friends.

Chances are, if you go out of state to college, your friends all live in different parts of the country... making you alone and sad over every break. No thanks.

3. Your time is your own.

During the holidays, there are so many family responsibilities and things that have been planned for you, there's not a lot of time to spend doing what you'd like to do. At college, you can take a 5-hour nap, go out with your friends, or stay in the dorm and have a personal spa night. No one can stop you!

4. You'll have a somewhat-decent sleep schedule.

Going on break is the worst because you grow acclimated to waking up at certain times for class or work, which is all put on hold when you go home for a month. You get used to sleeping in until 3 PM and staying up watching Netflix until 5 AM. It's a brutal awakening whenever you do go back.

5. Back up, you'll actually have a schedule and a routine in the first place.

Those of us who value routine and keeping ourselves busy go absolutely insane over breaks. At school, we have our whole days planned out and a set routine that keeps us active. At home, we have uh... none of that.

6. You won't have to deal with crazy family drama.

If you have a big family and lots of people visiting for the holidays, you know how stressful everyone gets and the tension that builds over those weeks. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of hiding in your room to get away from Aunt Mildred's questions about why you don't have a job or a boyfriend yet, you didn't have to worry about any of that?

7. You'll have constant activities and events to look forward to.

I mean, yeah, Christmas is cool and New Year's can be fun, but those are the only highlights of winter vacation. In between, you're doing a lot of lying around and staring at the ceiling or your phone screen. Staying at school means you will always have events to look forward to, whether it's games, socials, parties, or even just hangouts with your friends.

8. You won't eat everything in the fridge.

The holidays have a tendency to add a few pounds onto all of us, especially if you indulge in Christmas cookies more than the average person (@me). Frequent trips to the kitchen can be avoided if you just stayed at school and kept up with the gym routine.

9. You only have to do chores for yourself.

When college kids come home, many of us are automatically brought into the weekly chores schedule... meaning folding laundry for 5 people, instead of one. Wouldn't it be great to just have to worry about cleaning up your own messes?

10. You have your own space.

Over the holidays, many of us are under obligation to spend time with the family or room with relatives to ensure everyone fits. There's not a lot of personal space or time. Staying at school means getting to go back to your dorm whenever you want and being able to plop onto bed and do nothing for hours if you so desire. It's absolutely beautiful.

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