When we moved into our new to us house last year, I knew right away that I wanted the Christmas tree to go right in front of the large arched window in our living room. What I didn't realize was that there is a heating vent in that exact spot as well. A fresh cut tree sitting right above a heating vent wasn't going to work if we wanted the tree to stay fresh for very long, so we decided to get as realistic looking of an artificial tree as possible. They sure are more convenient to put up and less messy than a fresh tree!
Unfortunately, faux trees certainly don't smell as nice as a fresh tree. So, I do two things to help my home smell Christmas-y. First of all, I bring in cuttings of fresh greens to add here and there in my decor. Juniper is one of my favorites, both for its appearance and its smell. A local grocery store carries it in their floral department. A large bunch is only $4, and there's enough for me to use it in several spots around the house. Secondly, I buy pine or balsam fir scented candles and enjoy both their glow and their evergreen scent.
And now, a little photo fun with a sprig of that juniper I mentioned...
(Photo edited using Kim Klassen's Monday texture)
(Photo edited with Kim Klassen's scrapit texture)