CHRISTMAS FLAME

Memories of piling into dad’s old green van all wrapped up, torches ready. The hunt for a Christmas tree is on, the crunch of the fresh fallen snow under our feet. Giggling steamy breath, fingers on fire with the cold. Pulling the tree through the snow, golden sticky resin on our hands, amazing fresh smell, pine needles everywhere and mum – ready with the hoover. Fairy lights on first, then the decorations, big lights out, switch on the fairy lights, WOW… Santa is definitely on his way…

Christmas Eve checklist – mince pie, carrot and a dram for Santa, hang up our stockings, new pyjamas, early to bed, desperately trying to get to sleep before he comes…

The fragrance of pine needle, pomegranate, tonka bean, green moss and eucalyptus peppermint – earthy, with a woody spice twist, the smell of Christmas.