CHRISTMAS ESSENCE … how to give your home the fragrance of Christmas

The days before Christmas should be long and lingering.  Days to enjoy.   One needs to treasure the simple things.    In an unhurried manner.  No frantic trips to crowded malls.  I start my Christmas  in November.     Creating Christmas cards.   Gathering wrapping paper and ribbons.  Unpacking the boxes of Christmas ornaments and decorations – all in a leisurely manner.

This is the time to enjoy treasured memories.  I still have the Santa my son made in kindergarten forty-five years ago.  Battered and faded it always graces our tree front and centre.      The polar bear cookie jar appears on my kitchen counter.  His name is lorek Byrnison, from the book The Golden Compass.       This is how you slow down in the days before December 25th.

To give our home the perfume of Christmas preparations I  simmer an all natural Christmas essence on the stove.  You’ ll love the fresh, crisp, spicy fragrance, and you probably have everything to create it right in your kitchen.

CHRISTMAS ESSENCE

Chop the peel of a large orange and a large lemon.    Into a medium sized saucepan put the peel, plus 2 sticks of cinnamon broken, 12 whole cloves and 4 bay leaves.  Add 4 cups of water and bring to the boil.  Immediately reduce heat to a very slow simmer.  A word of caution, don’t let it simmer dry.  Just keep adding more water.

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2 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS ESSENCE … how to give your home the fragrance of Christmas

  1. I love seeing you in the mirror behind your gorgeous assemblage of candles and hydrangeas! I’ll certainly put this aromatic concoction on the stove this weekend. Thank you for the recipe. And a happy slow holiday season to you.

    • Well spotted dear girl. The photo was taken very early in the am. The sun was just coming up and shot a ray of light through the clouds. The rest of the room was still in darkness. I felt rather like Alfred Hitchcock secretly appearing in the photos I was taking. Enjoy the aroma of Christmas, and have a lovely slow holiday season. Cheers Virginia

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