Don’t you just love the smell of Christmas? Everyone has their own version of what combination of fragrances make up that wonderful holiday smell. For me it was and is a live tree in the house, vanilla and cinnamon swirling around the kitchen on Christmas cookie baking day and the sweet smell of oranges, that a vendor always sent my dad a big bag of from Florida during the holidays. Those aromas can instantly trigger the nostalgia of my childhood Christmases and for a fleeting moment I feel like an 8 year old in my moms cozy kitchen completely excited for the season and the prospect of a Cabbage Patch Kid under the tree.
Now I’m the mom, and I love how our kids are pumped to have the season here, with the tree up and the decorations out and the constant editing of wish lists, I realize these will be their childhood Christmas memories. We have a live tree, I do Christmas baking and there are oranges in our fruit bowl – from Kroger, but I’m a sucker for nostalgia and so I help the Christmas smells along. I make a potpourri that simmers on the stove and fills the house with all the deliciousness that is Christmas and now you can too!!
The recipe is simple and everything can be found at your local grocery store. We make a bunch at a time, separate everything out and put them in mason jars with the recipe and a red bow and give them out as gifts. They are perfect for hostess gifts, neighbors, teachers, the mailman, and the numerous other people that are on your holiday giving list!! The best part of it is you can just keep adding water and it can simmer all day or even a few days and smells just as good!
Christmas in a Jar Recipe:
1 Orange (sliced)
1/2 cup of cranberries
2 cinnamon sticks
1 sprig of rosemary
1 tbsp. of cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Place all ingredients in sauce pot, cover with water and place on the stove and simmer on low heat. Add water as needed. Enjoy!