Sniff out scents

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The Christmas season is full of delightful smells. Sample the sweet “scents of the season” or make pomander balls to inspire your children to consider how wonderful it is to be part of a family where the “sweet aroma” of Christ’s love is present.

To make pomander balls:

Help your children make holes in an orange with a toothpick, then poke a whole clove into each hole. (Firm navel oranges work better than mandarins.) Once the orange is covered in cloves, tie a ribbon around it and hang it in an area where you can enjoy the delightful smell.

To sample the scents of the season:

Blindfold your kids and bring them samples of foods to smell. Have fun seeing if they can identify the following scents:

  • cinnamon
  • gingerbread
  • hot chocolate
  • freshly baked bread
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • peppermint extract
  • a freshly cut orange
  • crushed pine needles
  • spiced apple cider
  • pumpkin pie
  • apple pie
  • sage, rosemary or mixed turkey stuffing spices.

Close by praying and asking God to fill your home with His Spirit.

Relevant Scripture

Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

2 Corinthians 2:14 “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.