Christmas commercials seem to roll out earlier every year and Starbucks starts stacking its red cups right around Halloween. Thanksgiving, however, is the official kick-off to the holiday season. Trees will be put up and twinkle lights will be turned on, but first, you've got to get through a turkey feast with your family. This requires alcohol. Lots of it. Apologize for your Kathie Lee Gifford-like behavior in advance by bearing a candle alongside your standard bottle of wine (maybe you’ll even bring Gifford’s own brand of booze, Gifft). Because let's be real, you're probably going to down the aforementioned bottle (and likely a few more) before the pumpkin pie is served.
Nothing says non-denominational winter fun like Lafco’s Feu de Bois Ski House candle, which transforms any home into a cozy chalet complete with a crackling fireplace care of mountain spruce and smoky wood notes. Diptyque’s limited edition Un Encens Étoile scent blends spicy clove with sweet vanilla, while Byredo’s trio of cathedral-scented veladoras (tall votives often found in churches and bodegas) are ideal for the saint or sinner in your life. Ex Nihilo provides some Parisian flair with its Lait D'Epices bougie that features olfactory hits of hot milk and hazelnut. Craving some classic balsam fir? Strike a match and set fire to famed perfumer Francis Kurkdjian’s festive concoction or Aerin Lauder’s coffee table-worthy candle.
Here, 10 ways to get your host in the holiday mood…and excuse the fact you’re gonna get tanked on TDay.