What Is Your Favorite Holiday Scent?

With the holiday approaching, there are many distinctive scents that are associated with the holidays themselves. Often times, when we smell a scent, we are transported to a happy family member or a specific tradition that a family may carry. Common scents used during the holidays include:

My vote would have to be for gingerbread men. This scent is soothing and warm and brightens up my face when I smell it. I can be in the worst mood and get a whiff of that and my day can be transformed.

What about you? What scent does that to you? Perhaps I missed a scent? Feel free to vote other and tell us about it in the comments.

Poll Options

  cinnamon Vote
43.75% voted this
  pine Vote
6.25% voted this
  gingerbread men Vote
12.5% voted this
  pumpkin spice Vote
6.25% voted this
  egg nog Vote
  peppermint Vote
12.5% voted this
  orange peels and cloves Vote
6.25% voted this
  mistletoe Vote
  other Vote
12.5% voted this
Total Votes: 16


I am a fan of cookies, gingerbread man cookies freshly baked from he oven is the best smell that you could let it flow around your house. Even your neighbor would poke in her head ask what you are baking. I have a passion for baking cookies for any occasion. Tomorrow I will be baking gingerbread man for sure, handmade cookies are the best.
Posted by peachpurple on 12-05-2017
I love walking into the local market at holiday time and smelling the fresh cinnamon stalks which are dried and displayed in baskets at the entrance. I also like cinnamon sprinkles in my warm drinks around the holidays during the cold of winter. I have always, for some reason from my childhood, associated the smell of cinnamon with the holiday season, and I most likely always will. They say that the sense of smell is the sense most tied to memory, and I think that cinnamon is viable in that sense to me.
Posted by JoeMilford on 12-05-2017
I love the smell of all kinds of sweets when it's cold, because I know that I could eat them with hot chocolate, which as a great scent of it's own. So as a lover of sweet things, there are some scents that can get to me, I can't just specifically name some, because I like many.
Posted by manmad on 12-05-2017
Although we live in a tropical country, I grew up in a culture of White Christmas with the pine scent. When I was young we sometimes have that live pine tree for our Christmas tree. It exudes that familiar pine scent which gives a yuletide atmosphere inside our house. When I got married, I continued with that tradition despite the expensive cost of life pine tree. But in the last decade, it has been prohibited to cut down pine trees so we are now into plastic Christmas tree. No more authentic pine scent.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-05-2017
I love almost all the scent that are in the world because I love to perceive different scent at different times but my favourite is peppermint. it gives this nice scent that' tend to kill awful smell and the mint is great addition to the scent too.
Posted by lovely on 12-05-2017
For me, I think my favorite holiday scent is that of cranberries, or other berry-like scents. I'm not really fond of peppermint, egg nog, pumpkin spice or other scents that very heavily resemble food. I don't really like eating too many varieties of berries, though, so I can make an exception for those. In general, I tend to prefer more floral or fruity scents for around the house even outside of the holidays. I don't think I've ever had the chance to try an orange-peel-and-clove scent though, and that sounds quite intriguing - much more so than standard Christmas scent mainstays (my apologies to those who love them).
Posted by Linen on 12-06-2017
Oh yes! I forgot about peppermint here--you are so right about that. I think that I only eat peppermint, unless I am chewing some kind of gum, around the holiday season. I also like the smell of chimneys because everyone lights up their fireplaces in the winter-time where I live, and you can walk around at night smelling the wood burning, and it just feels like the holiday season to me.
Posted by JoeMilford on 12-06-2017
Pine is something I always loved. And I prefer to make use of the holiday scent for the same reason. i think Pine based scent is something I can think of as well. I have not seen the other local scent making to the Christmas this year though. Maybe change in the market. And that's something needs to be taken care of in a serious way. That's what I have noticed.
Posted by overcast on 12-06-2017
This is a really good question and many smells remind me of certain holidays and happy times.

But the number one smell for me would have to be cinammon. Here we always bake during Christmas and all of the biscuits contain at least a bit of cinnamon. So, during this time you can always smell it and it is like heavens.
Posted by Mehano on 12-06-2017
I guess I'd have to go with cinnamon. I think it smells great any time, really.

I do like citrus fragrances as well. I love orange. I'm not so sure about the cloves.

I like those candles that smell likes cookies (or other stuff) baking too. Vanilla is always nice as well.
Posted by Zyni on 12-06-2017
I'm a fan of a lot of scents and I go for anyone that I'm in the mood for.Like orange is good when I need to perceive very sweet to keep me excited but for overall scent, I go for the peppermint scent.This scent has a way of keeping me relaxed.I think the menthol or mint does the magic, it comes with this soothing sensation when I perceive it.calming all my nerve down.I just love what it does to my system.
Posted by lovely on 12-06-2017
I like the smell of peppermint generally but especially around the holidays.
Posted by anna on 12-06-2017
gata montes
For me - as we don't celebrate Christmas in the same way as other countries do and therefore none of the scents listed are associated with it or for that matter even available - its more a case of the scent I most like at this time of year.

Which as this is when we start harvesting the citrus fruit - oranges, tangerines, mandarins, lemons etc and the heavy scent of not just the fruit but the leaves is virtually everywhere - and its also when the weather generally turns so incredibly cold that everyone starts lighting their fires - usually started with dried citrus peel - as its an excellent inexpensive but extremely efficient way of getting a roaring fire in next to no time - and therefore there is no escaping the strong but very pleasant aroma of burning wood and citrus - my favorite scent would be the latter for sure.
Posted by gata montes on 12-06-2017
I love the smell of cinnamon! So reminiscent of baking! And, nothing gets me in the mood for Christmas celebrations. Though some cinnamon fragrances are way too heavy. Maybe something like apple cinnamon is a better choice? I don't like citrus scents at all. Also, there is an egg nog scent? :D Never heard of it
Posted by Beverly on 12-06-2017
My favourite holiday scent should be cinnamon , the smell is very nice and always refreshing.
Posted by babyright on 12-06-2017
I love the scent of cinnamon. It has a warm, earthy feel to it but with the sweetness of fond memories.

I usually put it in my drinks as it's a natural sweetener. As we all know, less sugar means less risk of diabetes. It's also great for aromatherapy. Whenever I'm sad and feeling bad, just a quick whiff of it lifts my spirits. And the best part about it is that you always see it during the holiday season. What more could you ask for?
Posted by Steve5 on 12-06-2017
I'm not 100% sure, to be honest with you. But if I had to choose it would probably be either the smell of cinnamon or gingerbread men. Both have such a nice and distinctive smell and both are great scents for the holiday season.
Posted by kingcool52 on 12-06-2017
Cinnamon will always remind me of Christmas at my grandma's, but I think my favorite overall scent would be gingerbread. I love gingerbread in general, and it has a nostalgic effect for me, which I really like around the holidays.
Posted by TheArticulate on 12-06-2017
Great options for voting. ;)

Among them, my favorite is cinnamon because I think the flavor of it's very striking and it manages to raise the relevance of all the dishes of which it's an integral part. The smell is also great and it's impossible to ignore it.
Posted by wiseagent on 12-06-2017
My favorite one is cinnamon. I like cinnamon so much that I like to use it on every dish I make. It not only enhances the food scent but also taste.
Posted by vinaya on 12-06-2017
My favorite is orange peel because it has a refreshing scent which is good to smell and inhale. Smelling it is like a therapy already having an aromatic scent that is very soothing and good for the lungs.
Posted by Scarlet on 12-06-2017
I just like the combined smell of everything in general. Most of the time the menu of our party changes from year to year so I don't have a set memory of what Christmas should smell like but there are those dishes that make it in every year and the combination of them all really does remind me that the holidays have arrived.
Posted by Wubwub on 12-06-2017
My favorite Christmas are actually cinnamon AND nutmeg. But you didn't have nutmeg on the list. However, the ingredients for pumpkin spice include cinnamon and nutmeg. So I cast my vote for pumpkin spice.
Posted by foxchannel on 12-06-2017
I like all those scents, but I will go with gingerbread too. Eggnog doesn't have much of a scent, and gingerbread just smells so festive. It is something that many people use for Christmas. I think this is definitely one of my favorite scents of all time. It is one I associate with the holidays.
Posted by kgord on 12-07-2017
I love the smell of a pine tree. Nothing beats the smell of a real tree in your house. I love the outdoors so it is nice to bring a little bit of the outside inside this time of year. I also like to burn pine scented candles. They make the house smell so good and add a cranberry scent to that and it is simply devine. Oh how I love the holiday season.
Posted by Sue on 12-07-2017
Am a die hard fan of peppermint. Anything peppermint is acceptable to me be it a scent or flavor in food or product, i just love peppermint. In saying so, my vote is strongly going to go for peppermint scent though i barely use them. I admire houses that use scents every now and then. There's always this soothing smell of feelings everytime am in place with scents in the air. Having scents around and in the house during this festive period. I think it's a very good idea.
Posted by Rumu on 12-20-2017
My favorite Christmas scents are orange peel and cloves and cinnamon. I use potpourri alot with those scents and I just love the smell of citrus fruits and the warm and inviting scent of cinnamon and cloves. For me I call it Christmas Scent.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 02-02-2018
The tastes of peppermint immediately remind me of winter. The cool, crisp flavor goes right from your tongue down to your toes, making you wake up and see the world a little more clearly. It is super!
Posted by cess_08 on 02-04-2018
I am not sure if people have mentioned the plum cake smell. I personally love the plum cake. And some of the really good taste is in such type of the cakes. I'd be surely choosing the cake during the holidays. I even gift the people those cakes. There are some other decor item smell that you can see too. Not that I hate it but I find some really good smell in holiday itself. It's fun to be around people.
Posted by overcast on 09-08-2018
I cannot vote one since I love peppermint, cinnamon, pumpkin spice. and gingerbread man. All of these scents are just perfect for the holiday. Smelling these can make me feel more excited about the Holiday. I am glad that these scents are available.
Posted by superlicca on 11-12-2018