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Lighting Too-Festive Candles

Whether it's pumpkin spice, rosemary or vanilla, a scented candle can be a lovely autumnal touch—only trouble is, its smell can interfere with the aromas from the delicious meal you've prepared. Instead, Shytsman suggests using unscented candles on or around the dining table together with small winter squashes or bowls of citrus fruits, apples or pears, which are beautiful, affordable—and don't have a strong scent. (If you're really set on lighting scented candles, consider placing them in the bathroom, as long as they're a safe distance from anything that could catch fire.)