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What is the quintessential taste/smell of Christmas?

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BegoniaBigtoes Thu 01-Nov-12 17:48:17

For me it's bendicks bittermints and green ginger wine. I'm trying to resist buying any till December or I'll just scoff them all immediately.

I'm not a massive fan of Christmas generally and find it quite stressful but I do love the food. What is the best xmassy taste and smell?

MegBusset Thu 01-Nov-12 17:49:36

Satsumas and walnuts. And roasties of course. And bucks fizz at 8am smile

MegBusset Thu 01-Nov-12 17:50:16

And mince pies with brandy butter <puts on 3kg just thinking about it>

BegoniaBigtoes Thu 01-Nov-12 17:52:06

Mmm mincies. Your 3kg made me laugh meg!

ShatnersBassoon Thu 01-Nov-12 17:58:52

Chestnuts roasting on one of the brazier things in the street.

wildstrawberryplace Thu 01-Nov-12 18:02:31

Homemade mince pies and brandy butter. Mulled wine.

Smell of the Christmas tree.

ProPerformer Thu 01-Nov-12 18:06:00

Yup another vote for Mince Pies, brandy butter and mulled wine!!!

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Thu 01-Nov-12 18:06:17

Christmas tree for the smell.
Mince pies for the taste, no brandy butter though, that would ruin them.

Handsfulloffun Thu 01-Nov-12 18:06:34

Satsumas, Baileys, Chestnuts and Christmas pud.

grin I got a surge of Christmas cheer just reading this.

ObiWan Thu 01-Nov-12 18:33:39

Fresh Christmas trees, and tiny, tiny, clementines.

newlark Thu 01-Nov-12 18:37:33

Mulled wine mmmmmmm wine

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 01-Nov-12 19:28:57

Smell- Yankee Candles 'Sparkling Cinnamon'
A real tree smell

Taste- little clementines with the leaves on
Lemon mousse with shortbread biscuits (don't know why, it's a memory from 1999 Christmas with our DS who was just 18 days old aaaaaahh )

Marzipan and icing peeled off the Christmas cake to be enjoyed seperately.

No drink mmmmms though, don't drink. wink

dementedma Thu 01-Nov-12 21:16:27

Satsumas and Tia Maria

CambridgeBlue Thu 01-Nov-12 21:21:40

Smells - satsumas, cinnamon and christmas trees
Tastes - stollen, Baileys and roasted chestnuts

debka Thu 01-Nov-12 21:23:53


I started soaking the fruit for the cake today.

Inneedofbrandy Thu 01-Nov-12 21:26:58

Smell is the tree smell or smell of quality street tin

drink is the bailys

and marzipan and mince pies for the taste

I heart christmas and have most of my shopping done already <very smug>

TafferineWheel Thu 01-Nov-12 21:37:48

yy well-brandied Christmas cake
Freshly baked mince pies
Mulled wine
Nordman Fir
Cinnamon sticks
Oranges with cloves stuck in rotting slowly near radiator

JoInScotland Thu 01-Nov-12 22:22:24

A real pine tree (the scent-less plastic ones are just not the same)
cinnamon, ginger and gingerbread
mulled wine
spiced cider (like mulled wine, but made with apple juice instead of red wine)
fresh oranges - our landlord used to give us a big box at Christmas

ChippyMinton Thu 01-Nov-12 22:26:20

whiskey and ginger wine over ice
snow in the air

Wolfiefan Thu 01-Nov-12 22:27:44


oddslippers Thu 01-Nov-12 22:28:43

Crabtree and Evelyn do a room spray called Noel, I'm not normally a fan of smellies, but it really is Christmas in a bottle, pine, spices, oranges.... Lovely smile

GreenEyesAndHam Thu 01-Nov-12 22:42:54

Disappointment, guilt and heartbreak.

Just kidding- cinnamon, roast dinner, satsumas, sage and white wine.

AlohaMama Thu 01-Nov-12 23:00:14

singed hair at the candlelit carol service

BegoniaBigtoes Fri 02-Nov-12 08:15:02

So true about the "snow smell" - I love that.

janji Fri 02-Nov-12 08:31:46

Mince pies, sherry and satsumas!!

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