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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!!!

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

Brandy.

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 cloves....like 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

Cinnamon.

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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