Penhaligon’s Scented Christmas Treasury

I’ll let you into a little secret – today is my birthday! Hooray!

Birthday’s and Christmases throughout childhood, for me, always, ALWAYS meant books! Whether it was a brand new bundle of Notebooks for scribbling down my stories, or the next instalment of the Anne of Green Gables series, it was always such a pleasure to open a gift that kept on giving!

One such book was given to me, by my mum – oooh, many moons ago now. I can’t have been much older than 16, so this book has been on my shelf for over 30 years now! And it still brings joy every time I take it out of it’s hardback case and have a look through.

The ‘Penhaligon’s Scented Treasury of Verse and Prose’ is a wonderful collection of all things Christmas, containing extracts from ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Little Women’, plus all sorts of illustrated Carols and Poems – to name but a few! It even features a traditional Mrs Beeton recipe for Christmas Pudding!

‘Little Women’ remains one of my all time favourite childhood stories!

Penhaligon’s is a British Perfume House, founded in the late 1860’s by William Henry Penhaligon, a Cornish Barber who moved to London and became the Court Barber and Perfumer to Queen Victoria.

It’s no surprise therefore, that one of the unique things about this stunning hard-back book, is that it is delicately perfumed ‘with spicy notes of cloves and cinnamon and small fir cones, it is reminiscent of hot toddies and log fires and guaranteed to add a festive air.’

The scent still lingers to this very day. But what I love best about it, is the beautiful Victorian style illustrations. Here is a sneak peek inside.

The quality of light in this picture, emanating from the tree, is just lovely!
Wonderful Christmas Treats!

This lovely book will remain on my shelf for always – and I’m sure will be loved and treasured for generations to come!

I hope you enjoyed looking at it as much as I did.

4 thoughts on “Penhaligon’s Scented Christmas Treasury”

  1. Happy Birthday Angie! This day was the birthday of one of my very dear cousins, who passed away 22years ago from cancer. I am also a December girl (17th).

    Have a really wonderful day and may many more of our great God’s blessings rest upon you and your family.

    With love – Carolanne

    Sent by my iPhone


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  2. Dear Angela, darling girl…I didn’t know December 3rd was your birthday! Happy, happy birthday! I hope you had an absolutely wonderful day filled with sunshine and smiles…laughter and love…family and friends. ❤ "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26
    Much love and prayers for you, my friend! Trenda
    P:S – I love your book and amazingly, have the same one myself! We are kindred spirits! ❤


    1. You have the same book?! No way! Isn’t that the most incredible thing? Yep we are kindred spirits indeed.
      Thank you for your lovely birthday greetings – I had a really great day. Managed to grab a coffee with Nathan, my sister and my mum in the morning. And then in the evening I was spoilt rotten with some delicious Turkish Takeout food!

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