It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

The mingled odours of ripe mangoes and pine trees in grocer’s stores

Boxing Days of my childhood: roast sweet potatoes, corgi hair, John Player Specials and warm stale red wine, all ripening together in the hottest kitchen in Sydney

Please remember to put the prawn shells in the freezer until garbage night or they’ll really stink the bin out

Petrichor

That one Boxing Day when my hippest uncle had discovered daquiris and blew up Grandma’s blender in a bout of overenthusiastic frappé-ing, adding a cloud of ozone and smoke to the mix

The mingled odours of ripe mangoes and stale chicken fat in Coles on the 27th

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