Fragrance Quote for December 2nd-2012-Fragrance for a Winter's Evening- By Mary Matthews Bray

Glædelig Jul, ca 1906


They drove on leisurely, basking in the warm soft air, perfumed with the breath of sun-kissed pines. At intervals along the road were clusters of sweet fern, and clumps of spicy bayberry. To the stems of the latter the little blue-gray berries of the previous autumn were still adhering, though above them the new leaves were fresh and green.
"Amanda knows how to make bayberry candles," remarked Rosalie. "Her grandmother told her years ago."
"How does she make them?"
"She gathers the berries when they are fresh and boils them in water. The oil of the berries rises to the surface. She skims it off and lets it cool. Then she presses it into a mould and it hardens and comes out a candle."
"I should think it would take bushels and bushels of those little things to make even a few candles."
"Perhaps she mixes something else with the oil; and I have forgotten how she gets the wick in; but she says they are a delicate green in color and give out a pleasant fragrance while burning."
"Bayberry candles would be a fitting accompaniment to open wood fires, to glowing logs of oak and hickory," suggested Endicott, smiling back at them.
"If you add a pitcher of cider and some apples roasting before the fire, you have all the material for a delightful old-fashioned winter evening," said the Captain.
"And some molasses candy and popcorn," added Barbara.
"Ah, yes; sweets to the sweet," replied her grandfather. "There should be candy, of course, for the girls of the household."