Sunday, December 20, 2009

Show Off Your Cottage Monday

Welcome to “Show Off Your Cottage Monday”, a blog party I host at the beginning of each week to celebrate the things we love about our homes and how we live.

Today, I’m celebrating “scent”

At The house in the roses we believe in living the simple life... which means that other than a very small Christmas tree illuminating one of our windows, I don’t decorate our home for Christmas. I know, that's pretty unusual. Why would anyone not want to celebrate Christmas like nearly everybody else? Well, for once, I believe that Christmas is driven by commercialism, and sadly to say, the real reason for the Christmas season has been long forgotten. So, you won’t find roads of reindeers, winter scenes, elves and the God substitute, Santa Claus in our home, but I do love the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Especially the smell. A home smelling like cinnamon rolls and pies being baked, speaks of Christmas and holidays. Aromatic smells coming from the kitchen is the sign of a welcoming home, but if you don’t happen to be baking at the moment, you can still have fabulous smells wafting out from the kitchen, by using liquid potpourri. 

Today, I created my own Christmas potpourri by simmering liquid over the stove with some spices I had in the pantry… Almost any spice would work. Almond, lemon or vanilla are common flavorings. If you don't any of these ingredients on hand, just substitute some herbs, seasonings or fruits that you have available that you enjoy. For my liquid potpourri, I used 3 cups water, some chunks of apples, including the peel, nutmeg, and of course, cinnamon sticks. I love the smell of cinnamon; cinnamon evokes memories of holiday festivities, family gatherings and favorite seasonal treats. Cinnamon's aroma is simply soothing.

I also bought some greenery... fresh pine boughs and branches to dress my house and fill simple bottles, vases and jugs with it.

I loved the fresh smell of pine wafting through the house. Some fresh pine boughs and "Silent Night" are all I need.

What are you celebrating today?

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’re celebrating. If you have something to share with us on your blog, then add your link below. Just please be sure to:

1. Add the permalink to the specific blog post, not your general blog address. 2. Link back to the house in the roses from your post so that your readers can come and see what everyone else is celebrating today! 3. Copy and paste our little logo on your blog so your readers can also join our celebration. 4. And enjoy your home!


  1. G'morning, dear one...
    Oh, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at our house with Christmas trees, Santas...the whole works. I have 18 Christmas stockings for ea of the members of my beautiful and large family. Not a one of them will say that SANTA is the reason for the season...they all KNOW who we are celebrating. We do have a wonderful Christmas Eve together.

    I pray your Christmas will be merry and bright and full of blessings.
    xo bj

  2. I understand what you mean. We have one santa decoration and that is it and he is the dancing one, Hubby could not resist it one year.

    My tree is full of fairies and angels, plus some silver and gold ball ornaments. Before this year we had all homemade ornaments on tree.

    We tried to teach our kids the real meaning of the season when they were young and that there was no real santa.

    We also try to ignore all the commercialism around us. It is so sad what the world has done with this time of year.


  3. Ceilo I bet that you homes smells lovely. Love the pine boughs in the crystal containers! PRETTY!

  4. You are the best....and your blog is wonderful...It has been such a blessing to meet you in blogland...You have enriched my life. Blessings to you and yours....Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with many blessings.
    Grammy Girlfriend

  5. Many Blessings at Christmas, from my mountain top to your home….Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

  6. Hi Cielo:)


    Fantastic idea for Christmas and lovely photos.

    I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous, happy New Year:)

  7. Feliz Navidad!!, que tu hogar rebose de felicidad

  8. G'day, Cielo ~ Popping over for my wee boost of serenity for the day ...
    love that teacup set, Cielo. All of your decor/presentations are exquisite & welcoming.

    May your celebration be joyous ...
    Merry Christmas,
    TTFN ~Marydon

  9. Dear and loved Cielo,
    I am very happy in coming here, I feel such a great peace!!!!To see their pieces, to admire them, everything so fascinating, their characteristics!!!!!! I wish that has a Merry Christmas, with her family, replete of a lot of love and peace and with the blessings of God!!!!!!! I big kiss and a fort hug my angel!!!!!!I love you!!!

  10. I just love your blog and I have been following it for quite some time. It is very unique and very soothing to my soul. I finally took the plunge and started my own blog and would love to have you visit it sometime. We share many common interests and I too, have a gentle spirit and tender heart toward all of God's creation.
    You are a very sweet gal and you have moved me many times.

    Thankyou and Merry, Merry Christmas!



  11. Your decoration of pine and cedar boughs are so pretty! It looks so peaceful and warm there, just beautiful!

  12. You have chosen a perfectly lovely way to celebrate this Christmas Season. A personal way. And being true to ourselves is always the best way, imho.

    Happy Christmas to you and to yours...

  13. Hello, Cielo! My name is Cyndi and I have just recently discovered your blog. It's beautiful and I truly love visiting.

    I echo your sentiments on Christmas and don't decorate much either...a tree, a decorated mantel with my Nativity, and a wreath on the front door. I love the smells of my home at this time, too; the pine from the tree, mingled with baking cookies and of course, the cinnamon. It's nice to sit with the tree lit and all the smells swirling around, and reflect on the Birth of our Savior.

    Blessings to you and yours, and I look forward to being a regular visitor to your blog in 2010!


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