The Holiday Season is in the Air

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I love EVERYTHING about the holiday season. Beginning this week we will be submerged in time with family, comfort food, backyard football games, and soon the sounds of Christmas carols. Another thing I really love about the holidays, are the smells…pumpkin and peppermint….cranberry and gingerbread…hot chocolate and coffee. I can’t help but smile thinking about it.

Our sense of smell is one of the strongest links to memory, so it’s no surprise the smell of coffee brewing in the morning will forever remind me of my grandmother, Peg Peg. This is her FAVORITE time of year.
Isn’t she beautiful. She was inside and out.
Oh, and that’s me.

When I was 8 my family moved back home to Alabama and for a year we lived with my grandparents (and lucky for us when we did move, it was only two houses down the street). And while having so many people under one roof could be a little chaotic, it gave me some of the best memories of my childhood. I think about the times we would set up shop with groceries from Peg Peg’s pantry, and she would come and buy them back from us. Or how we used to spend hours at the kitchen table playing Gin Rummy. I loved how she would leave her Christmas shopping list on the counter for us to see, but it would all be written in short hand just to tease us. These memories are the best. However, one that really stands out is how my grandmother began every morning (and afternoon for that matter) with a cup of coffee. The smell was a staple in their house and now in my memory. We lost my grandmother almost ten years ago, and I am so glad I have these fond time with her to look back on.

Two and a half years ago when I married III the familiar smell of coffee started greeting me every morning again. I can count on the smell of Dunkin Donuts as it brews on our kitchen counter to remind me of my grandmother. I love my husband for that. He is a loyal Dunkin coffee drinker going as far as to ask for bags of their coffee for Christmas every year :o) I wish Peg Peg could have met him.

There are so many flavors to choose from: Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf® and special seasonal varieties including Mocha Mint, Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Cookie. III’s current favorite is Cinnamon Spice. All of the seasonal Dunkin Donuts’ blends are available in your local grocery store during the holiday season, so pick one up for you and one to give to a friend. 

Dunkin was sweet enough to share some samples of the Gingerbread Cookie blend to us, and it was amazing! Of course I had to #instagram it! Try it with a few gingersnaps for optimal enjoyment :o)

Do you have any fond memories linked to smells???
I’d love to hear them..maybe over a cup of coffee :o)

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Thank you to Dunkin’ Donuts® packaged coffee at grocery for being a sponsor. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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