The countdown to the holidays has begun!

This time of the year is always hectic for everyone. There is much activity jam packed into the weeks leading up to Christmas and holiday season: shopping, entertaining, decorating, baking, and attending holiday parties. My boys also have hockey tournaments in December which means two weekends are already booked solid. The last to-do on my list is usually cleaning, which doesn’t bode well when unexpected visitors drop in!

One thing that is tough to control during holiday season is the smells inside the home. Open the window for a few minutes, but the cold air can’t always eliminate the various scents and smells that the boys in my house tend to create! Work and hockey means stinky clothes, equipment and stinky feet from wet boots.

You know the song, the 12 Days of Christmas? Well, we’ll be singing “The #12Stinks of Christmas” along with Doug E. Fresh, Doug the Pug, and the Febreze Limited Edition Holiday Collection. It’s the cutest video you will want to share because Doug the Pug is the coolest almost-human social media sensation!

Here are the TOP 12 STINKS OF CHRISTMAS – please add yours in the comments!

The #12Stinks of Christmas

  1. Hockey/sports equipment
  2. Baked or fried fish and/or seafood
  3. Pillows and blankets in the family room
  4. Fabric chairs/couches
  5. Front hall carpet
  6. Extra clutter with Christmas decorations
  7. Bathrooms
  8. Broccoli/cauliflower
  9. Pets
  10. Wet socks/ boots
  11. Laundry
  12. Anywhere the kids hang out!


Also the extra clutter that accumulates during holiday season means you’re not always able to do a proper clean. Sometimes you have to eliminate it with a lovely scent.

A quick spray of Air Effects Fresh Twist Cranberry on the front hall carpet, and a NOTICEables Fresh Twist Cranberry in the powder room can make a world of difference. Your guests will think you’re the hostess with the most-ess… just make sure to keep all the clutter behind a locked door!

Febreze Limited Edition Holiday Collection includes scents like Apple, Cranberry, Pine and Pumpkin… yum!

What do you do to eliminate the stinks in your home? Share on social media using the #12Stinks hashtag.

The 12 Stinks of Christmas! #12Stinks

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Febreze. As usual, the opinions expressed herein are my own.


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Yes! As wonderful as Christmas is there are certainly some annoyances as well. This video and campaign is a great way to poke fun at it all 🙂

  2. Ugggh that dusty, old smell of christmas decorations… something I will never forget from my childhood!

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