While walking to my car after attending a cheer completion last Saturday in downtown Jackson, I noticed a very strong and rather unpleasant odor. I knew it was a familiar smell but just couldn’t place it. Then it hit me! Mud, wet grass, and soccer. Because of the large crowd attending the competition and full parking lots, people were parking in a wet muddy field nearby. The mud and wet grass were physically present but the soccer was an association of memory. That smell, both bad and good, reminded me of stinky, wet boys and uniforms but also of wonderful family times.
What about Christmas smells? What “smells like Christmas” to you?
Real Christmas trees? Cookies and cakes baking? Cinnamon? Peppermint?
Have you ever wondered what the first Christmas smelled like, there in the stable with the animals and hay? How did the Garden of Eden smell? Or what smells of spring flowers greeted Jesus on that first Easter?
Smells can remind us of things that are real….as real as the love of God which sent Jesus from the manger to the Cross and the opening of the tomb.
Thank you God for all the good aromas we smell and for His love that is good and real.