Scented Advent, December 20

Okay, I didn’t choose an unknown scent today for Advent. I confess. I knew I was going to have a tough day at work (I’ve been back for less than a week) and some difficult conversations, so I pulled out my fragrance armor: Chanel No. 19, the green witch herself. If you want to read my thoughts on it, please click on the link and it will take you to a “Scent Semantics” post from September, when I wrote about No. 19 at some length.

Elphaba and Glinda from "Wicked"
Stars of “Wicked” production in Boston; image from the Lowell Sun

I’m something of a “goody two-shoes” so one might think I would identify more with the character on the left. But as we learn from “Wicked”, Glinda the Good isn’t as good as she appeared; and Elphaba isn’t as bad as she appeared. But Elphaba puts up a formidable facade, and that’s what I needed today. I think I emerged unscathed.

And you know, I always remember what a long-ago boss told me (TBH, I didn’t like him much, but he did occasionally have some good insights). He had been an airline executive in his earlier career, and he said more than once, “It’s been a good day at the office when no plane has crashed.” He’s right. No planes crashed, or were at risk, in my job today. Onward to the holidays!

Two of my three kids are home for the holidays, yay! One is still in college, so he’ll be with us well into January. The other is fully independent, but arrived today and will stay at least through Boxing Day. The third, another fully independent young adult, will arrive on Thursday. It’s really great to have them home, even just for a short while; they make us laugh. We will go to a friend and neighbor’s house on Thursday evening for an informal holiday party in their backyard, which will really put me in the holiday spirit. I’ll get back on track with the Guerlain samples tomorrow!

Meanwhile, I am mulling over what scent(s) I want to wear on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. I do have Caron’s Nuit de Noel, always a good option. I really like the gingerbread accord and spices in ELDO’s Like This. I also have a set of small sizes of Jo Malone’s special Christmas scents, like Orange Bitters and White Moss & Snowdrop. Fille en Aiguilles would be suitable, as well as Nuit Étoilèes, if I want evergreen vibes. Any suggestions for those three occasions? What will you wear?

24 thoughts on “Scented Advent, December 20

  1. Enjoy having your family together for the celebrations.
    Whatever scent you decide on you will smell fabulous!
    I’m spending part of my one free day before Christmas with mum in the Care Home. After everything she did to get in there, guess what? She hates it! Says she’s going home & doesn’t need caring for.
    I think I’ll apply No 19 with a heavy hand. I’ll need a life’s supply of patience to get through today without telling her some home truths!

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  2. No. 19 is quite a sneaky little thing, isn’t it? On the outside, all kittenish, on the inside, roaring like a lion. A little bottle of the extrait is the only perfume want I’m experiencing. Some day. I’m going to my in-laws for Christmas Day, a big gathering this year as time is slipping away from my f-i-l. I just might wear No.19, might help me cope with the craziness.

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  3. I picked up my son yesterday, happy to have him home too. He goes back January 16. I will probably wear DSH Dark Moon for Christmas. Dawn describes it as a chocolate chypre. It’s yummy. I’m still going with random picks, but today’s mini wouldn’t spray so I’ll pick something else when I get home from the dentist…

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  4. That must have been tough to return to work so close to the holidays. Glad it went ok. Reading previous comments, I also used to hear “bless her/his/your heart” from a certain set of older people, but it was usually in the context of when someone had good intentions and spent a disproportionate amount of effort, almost like “poor soul!” or “so sweet!” Unless I completely misinterpreted it back then…

    We are going to visit my other half’s family including some cousins we don’t know very well. It should be fun but for the possible wildcard aspect of things, I have leather and green/tart perfumes lined up, with Tom Ford Ombré Leather Parfum and L’Occitane Herbae in the mix.

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    • You will smell great! You’re not wrong about the usage you describe, but what I’ve learned after living in the South for 30 years (and I love so much of it), is that Southerners can deliver that phrase with a high dosage of passive aggression. It’s genius.

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  5. I’m glad you survived your challenging day at work. No. 19 always gave me strength on difficult work days. Thank goodness those days are over! I’ll probably wear Nuit Etoilee on Christmas Eve, Jo Malone’s Blackberry & Bay on Christmas Day and maybe Lutens Eau de Gigembre and Malone’s Ginger Biscuit on Boxing Day, one in the morning and the other in the evening.

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