An Ideal Christmas
You drink deep the scent of pine, with the fragrance of orange and peppermint dancing in the background. From the kitchen drifts the smell of ginger and cinnamon and your stomach rumbles in anticipation.
The front door swings open, bringing laughter, chatter and barking, and the whiff of fresh, crisp, cold air, followed the tang of slightly wet dog. With hearty hellos and smiles, greetings are met, as you try not to cough from the pungency of too much cologne.
Wrapping paper crinkles as more presents go under the tree, coaxing the clean smell of more pine into the air. The room fills with the mellow bouquet of cloves and liquor as the mulled wine is served. The logs are set alight in the fireplace and soon the woodsy odour of a crackling fire has everyone one relaxing.
You talk, you laugh; it is Christmas Eve with family.
Yes, our FWE prompt for 12/21/2012 is olfactory: write about the sense of smell, good, bad or indifferent. Try to create a setting where the reader supplies the senses of sight and hearing based on the aromas in your story or poem. Consider tools such as exaggeration, simile and, if you’re clever enough, even metaphor.