I Pine for You

I pine for you and balsam, too!  Have you seen that corny saying before?  I remember when as a child the light bulb came on, and I finally understood the sentiment I had seen stitched on the tiny sachets of fir needles sold in tourist traps from North Carolina to Maine.  Although I can’t say I’ve “bawled” about it, I have pined for the scent of fresh-cut greens each Christmas season.IMG_2729Every year, the Mister and I and the children have had at least one Frasier fir in our house for the holidays.  The past several years, we’ve made a quick day trip to Cedar Mountain, North Carolina, to cut our tree ourselves.  It’s hard to get fresher than that, right? IMG_2763Once home, the Mister always slices an inch or two off the bottom of the trunk before plunging the tree in water.  He trims it a bit here and there, and I bring the trimmings inside to put in bowls and various containers throughout the house.  Of course, I love how the fresh greens look, but it is that crisp evergreen fragrance that I hope to capture.  Never happens.IMG_2811 Until now, that is.  Yes, this year, our house finally has the clean scent of pine thanks to Thymes Frasier Fir diffuser.  Last year, someone gave me a small Frasier Fir candle, and I enjoyed it so much, burning it dangerously low.  This year I decided to try the Thymes diffuser, and I could not be more pleased.  I’m pretty particular about scents; I really can’t bear anything cloying or harsh.  The Thymes products are not inexpensive, but I definitely think they are worth the cost.  You can see all the options here.
Frasier-Fir-Pinecone-Reed-Diffuser-0528950107-312I chose the pinecone style diffuser pictured above, which is perfectly unobtrusive tucked behind a lamp on a living room side table.   I love coming downstairs in the morning or walking into the house after a long day to be greeted by such a fresh, Christmas-y fragrance!
I have received no compensation for this post, just the pleasure of sharing my find.
Be sure to read all about Reggie Darling’s favorite potpourri here.  I can’t wait to try it!  Do you have a favorite Christmas scent?


  1. Aside from the smell from my tree, it's Diptyque's Myrrhe candle for me, I light it for an hour every night and then all day on Christmas day. I love the smells of Christmas.

  2. Happy Birthday and thank you so much for the tip, I love fragrance like this at the holidays. Reggie's as well!

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  3. One of the shops here used to give out rosemary candles at Christmas...they smell so good! I was in there in January to get something and told the owner how much I love the candles...she handed me a bag of them lol!

  4. that diffuser looks like a great idea--I love the scents of Christmas!

  5. Have you turned the corner yet? See? It wasn't that bad was it? Wishing you a very happy birthday and wonderful year! xoxo :)


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