So often, the holidays get turned into a time of stress instead of a time of happiness and joy. In fact, according to a recent survey by Glade®, nearly half the country thinks the holiday season is more stressful than the rest of the year! I wanted to share a few of my tips with you on how I create a pleasant holiday that’s full of love and memories!
We all want to find that perfect gift for our loved ones, and impress them with that delicious meal. We think those things are what people will remember in years to come. But, if I’m completely honest, I don’t even remember what we had at our meal last year, let alone ten years ago. Right?
Something I do remember, though, is the excitement that I felt when my Mom started to decorate the tree when I was little. I remember how much I wanted to help, and be part of making the house festive. I will never forget the scent of the tree, it’s etched in my brain, and whenever I smell balsam, I am instantly happy and taken back to the time when I was a kid.
I want my kids to feel that in years to come, too. Whenever they smell apple cider and cinnamon, I want them to remember the house full of people during parties and get-togethers. Or when the house is filled with the scent of vanilla, I want them to get excited because it reminded them of Mom’s cookie-bake parties. Amazing scents trigger happy and joyful memories for me.
The holidays really seem like a time when scents are all around, and you can be taken back to your childhood with the smell of a candle. I like to make holiday centerpieces, and put Glade® Jar Candles next to them. They smell great, and make me remember special people and places.
This year, I used three of my favorites.
Glade® CHERISH THE PRESENT™ – This apple cinnamon scent is the perfect jar candle to light when you have company or guests for the weekend. I have these in so many rooms in my house.
Glade® BE AT PEACE™ – This balsam fir and juniper scent is the best option to use when you’re decorating your tree and house for the holidays.
Glade® SEND A LITTLE LOVE™ – Are you having a cookie bake party this year? If so, this Vanilla Biscotti™ scent is the perfect complement to this type of party.
Last week, I had such an amazing opportunity where I partnered with Glade® to bring a little extra joy to a very deserving homeless shelter in Minneapolis. When I think about ways to help the community, I always think of people in need.
There are so many individuals and families in need this holiday season, and places like People Serving People is where they turn. They’re an amazing organization that has helped so many people over the years. In 2014, they served an average of 354 people a night, and 58 percent of People Serving People’s guests were children of whom 35 percent were under the age of six.
Together with Glade®, we decided to decorate People Serving People for the holidays. Just look at how lovely it is! I know this will bring smiles and happiness to so many.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – NOVEMBER 24: Glade® decorated the People Serving People shelter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 to help deliver holiday cheer and provide a bright and joyous destination for families to visit this holiday season. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for SC Johnson)
People Serving People is decorated now through January 15. Anyone can drive by and enjoy the beautiful lights! If you’d like to get involved with helping People Serving People, head over to their website for more information! Don’t forget to share your images and joyful moments using the hash tag #FeelJoy and check out all of the joy-filled content of the season at feelingsofjoy.com.