How to make your home smell festive for the holidays
POMANDERS: Christmas smell and holiday decor, too!
This is a great craft activity for families to do together, and the result is lovely pomanders that you can place in a bowl or wrap in holiday-hued tulle (that gauzy fabric that is used in wedding dresses, etc.) or riboons and hang in festive ways around the home.
Firm skinned oranges or lemons
Cloves, many cups
Time and patience
Large needle to prick skin of fruit to start hole for clove
Decorative ribbon or gauze
Begin by pricking a hole in the fruit and placing a clove in the hole. create a line of cloves which completely encircles the fruit’s circumference as if you were bisecting it. Repeat with lines of cloves until the fruit is completely covereed with cloves right next to each other.
The objective is to completely cover an orange or lemon with cloves inserted in the skin. If done correctly, these dry and do not rot. They have a lovely scent of holiday spice mixed with citrus. When complete, wrap with gauze and/or ribbon and tie with a bow and eithier hang or palce several in a bowl.
Some people concoct a mix of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) that they also submerge and roll the orange in before wrapping with gauze and ribbon to increase the aroma.
Ahhh the wonderful smells of Christmas such as evergreens, pumpkin, eggnog and spices. They bring back wonderful childhood memories. One of the simplest ways to create those delightful Christmas smells is to use air freshners, lit candles, potpourri oil and incense sticks. There are several companies on the market that specifically make holiday scents. The ones that I found were inexpensive so it was easy to change scents frequently during the holidays. Just make sure not to leave burning candles when you leave your home. Also, be considerate of visitors that have sensitive systems and don’t have your home overwhelmed with these delightful odors.