Its that time of year again, the Christmas season is on our doorstep – which means its time to bust out the boxes of decorations, shower the yard in millions of tiny sparkling lights, resurrect the tree and polish your baubles (hehehe)
We all know how to decorate our homes for the jolly season, but how often do we evoke that warm festive feeling through the use of our sense of smell?
Imagine opening the front door to be greeted by the tantalising scents of cinnamon and vanilla bean, fresh pine and citrus, dancing around your senses and drawing you into the magic of Christmas.
Im an avid lover of scented candles (my ultimate favourite range being made by Glasshouse – who not surprisingly have also released their own Christmas selection, I cannot wait to get my grubby little hands on a couple of these beauties). However the allure of homemade pot pourri gently blipping and bubbling away on the stovetop has just grabbed me by the festive gahoolies.
Homemade Holiday Cheer
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
- 3 tangerines, halved
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise (optional) gives a strong black licorice smell.
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 inch piece fresh ginger
- 1 vanilla bean + 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 small branch fresh pine
- 1 cup apple cider, pomegranate or cranberry juice
Slice and dice as required and combine all the ingredients in a medium size sauce pot.
Fill the pot with water until it reaches 3/4 the way full. Place the pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer, adding more water as needed.
Simmer to your heart’s content (just be sure to keep adding more water) and then let it cool over night and simmer again the next day.
Now all that is left to do is send off your letters to Santa and start brainstorming the fate of the family turkey – YUM!