I associate most of my life with smells of food and music. Being from the south, we equate food with every occasion.Good,bad and ugly. The holidays are no exception. Cinnamon is a big reminder of the holidays around here. Big oversized cinnamon rolls, cinnamon and spices slowly simmering over the stove. Cinnamon toast and homemade hot chocolate. And on Christmas morning,always tomato soup and sausage balls. I have no idea where that tradition came from.My nana has always had a pot of tomato soup with big ,fat egg noodles and a huge tray of sausage balls, oozing with cheese.It is the only time of the year I eat either meal, because I only equate that food with Christmas. I cannot remember any other food being served on Christmas morning.
Another smell is of course, the christmas tree.I love walking into the house after being away all day ad smelling the scent of the tree throughout the house.The past couple of years I have had Bath and Body Works Wallflowers in all the rooms upstairs as well so the house smells like Christmas trees!
I start playing christmas music right after thanksgiving. Which is also when I start officially decorating for Christmas. I have a few cd's that I play over and over. My favorite ,which I am not ashamed to admit, is Kenny Rogers Christmas . Yes,I said Kenny Rogers .I love his christmas cd! My mom used to play it and when I was younger. I hated it. But now I know each and every song by heart. And so do my husband and children.It wouldn't be Christmas without it! If you are curious, you can find it HERE . Buy it.You won't be sorry.Kentucky Homemade Christmas and When a Child is Born are my favorites!
I listen to Christian music and I also highly recommend Oh Holy Night by Sara Groves . A Cradle in Bethlehem is amazing.
And last but not least Casting Crowns Peace on Earth . The song While You Were Sleeping brings me to tears every time I hear it.
I could blog on and on about Christmas sights, sounds and smells,but will wait for another time! The holidays are here and I am ready!
Until next time,