The day we put up our Christmas tree is usually a quiet, snowy day some time after Thanksgiving. We bring up all the boxes of ornaments and such and rearrange the furniture in the room. Since our tree is artificial, I have to create the scent of Christmas in our house. This combination of fresh ingredients creates a delicious scent with the aroma of the holidays. Put the fresh ingredients and some water into a pot on the stove and bring it to a boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer and the scent is all around the house!
Here’s what I put in the pot:
2 slices of a fresh lemon
2 slices of a fresh orange
2 cinnamon sticks
1 t. whole cloves
1 t. allspice berries
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
A few cranberries
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Be careful that the pot does not boil dry. Add more water as needed. When cool, you can store it in a jar in the refrigerator to use later.
As a thoughtful gift… Two Printable Options
These fresh ingredients can also be put into a clear cellophane bag with the FREE printable label attached.
Click on the printable pdf labels below to save or print.
the sweet smell of christmas printable label – front1
the sweet smell of christmas printable label – back1
If you would like fold-over labels with instructions to staple onto a gift bag,
The Sweet Smell of Christmas Fold Over The Top Labels Download Here.
*Use the link above to download the image below to save proper size formatting.
Sorry, your screen is not “scratch ‘n sniff!” This stuff smells soooo good!
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Love your smell of Christmas! Great favor for parties…
Thank you so much for reminding me of the Christmas Potpourri by providing such beautiful photos, instructions and the adorable tags for giving!
Thanks so much for the cute label!
Where did you get the allspice berries?
They are sold in the grocery store in the spices aisle. I hope you enjoy the Christmas Scent! Your house will smell amazing!
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How long will this stay fresh in the fridge before giving as a gift?
I would probably not leave it in the fridge for more than a day before giving it as a gift. You’ll want the ingredients to be really fresh and pretty!
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Thank you for the cute idea and gift tag! Saved me today when I needed to come up with something fast. Merry Christmas!
Have you done it but with dried orange and lemon? Wondering if all the scent would be gone, after drying the orange and lemon in the oven first? Thanks!