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The Memory of Scent

December 17, 2011  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Anthonyisms, Not Exactly Random   4 Comments

The house smells so wonderful.

My penchant for Scrooge-like feelings during the holiday season has slowly been replaced by warm memories of my children’s joy for the season. For young boys, yes, Christmas is a lot about presents. If you are a good parent, if you could overcome the bombastic rampant commercialism, there is an underlying simplicity about the season that can pull at the heart like no other time.

This morning Thing Two came in while I was getting dressed, wanting to know if we could go get Thing One’s Christmas present tonight. How cute is that? I’ll tell you how cute it is, it is a bit of the ultra-cuteness.

Yes there are the presents. But then there is the smell of the tree. The gingerbread house. The decorating. The Christmas cookies. The story of Christmas. Grandpa and Nanna. Daddy’s Christmas Day roast. Santa. The music. The warm fireplace and the happy dog.

Long after those presents are gone, the memories of our close family during this time will linger on. One day my sons will be walking in one of the great national forests around here, and after the morning rain, smell the fresh scent of grand firs. And it will smell like Christmas.

And that will be magical, always magical, even in the dead of summer, it will be Christmas magic.

(repost from 2008)

4 comments on: The Memory of Scent

  1. Michelle Davidson Argyle December 17, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    You know, I’ve been Scrooge-ish this year, but this past week my heart has been turning around, and it’s quite nice. I’ve really started to feel the Christmas spirit through music, smells, memories, sounds. It truly is magical.

    • Anthony December 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      It took me years to get over my family’s issues with Christmas. I vowed never to put that onto my own kids.

      Since my kids love Christmas, I found that I just couldn’t help myself.

  2. February Grace December 18, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Tears in my eyes- such beautifully described emotion.

    Thank you for reposting this.

    Hug those kids each one extra time for me, would you?

    Merry Christmas!
    ~bru

    PS love the falling snow effect…

    • Anthony December 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Christmas hugs for everyone!

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