Saturday, December 11, 2010

Aroma of Christmas

I am so excited. My first batch of Aroma of Christmas of the season is simmering on the stove and my house smells wonderful, warm and spicy. It's instant Christmas for me. Scents are like that. They take you back, evoke memories and stir emotions.

Ever since I was a little girl my mom has warmed this wonderful blend of cloves, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, orange peel and lemon on the stove throughout the month of December. For as long as I can remember she has also packaged it up for friends. I have been sharing it with friends for many years now too. In early December (or maybe even late November) I start thinking about what the packaging will be that year. I love going to Packaging Specialties for inspiration. This year I chose a cellophane bag with red birds and berries and tied it off with red grosgrain ribbon. I, too, love sharing the Aroma of Christmas with friends, neighbors, colleagues and teachers. It's an easy, personal way to spread some joy. Below is the recipe if you feel inspired to share it too. I hope you will.

Again, from my home to yours, Happiest Holidays.

Aroma of Christmas

3 sticks of cinnamon
3 bay leaves
¼ cup whole cloves
Add 2 sections lemon and 2 pieces of orange peel
1 quart water

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and keep simmering over low heat. Add water as needed; it evaporates quickly. Enjoy!


  1. Love this!!! Such a clever idea. XO

  2. I looooooove mine.... it is making me happy all season and our home smells WONDERFUL!!!! you are such a sweet friend. xo