There’s nothing quite like a great smell. A smell has power like no other sensory experience, especially when it comes to memory. It’s well known that a certain smell can activate our memories like nothing else.
That’s one of the main reasons I love fresh, genuine Christmas trees. These days, artificial Christmas trees are hardly “fake.” They can look as real as a live tree. Over the course of several years, artificial trees save a bunch money, not to mention decorating time. Plus, they’re kind to people with allergies.
When I smell a Christmas tree, I am transported to a Christmas tree lot in Inglewood, California, where I lived until I was six years old. From preschool perspective, that Christmas tree lot was a vast forest filled with pungent treasures. As my mom and dad tried to find the perfect tree, I hid among the branches of the forest, taking in its heavenly smells.
Then, I remember how our living smelled when my dad carried in the tree. It seemed to fill our home with sylvan delight. On the first night with a Christmas tree, I could even smell it in my room.
Then, my mind goes back to happy times when my children were small, when I surprised them with a Christmas tree, which they loved to help decorate.
I won’t keep on boring you with all of my Christmas memories. I think you get the point.