Creating the scent of Christmas is easy! The simple additions of a few ingredients like citrus, cinnamon and pine in your home in this homemade potpourri will make your home smell like Christmas ALL DAY LONG! Great for parties or just a winter weekend at home.
The snow that fell on us over the weekend seems to have infused our boys with unbridled energy. After school they went straight from the car to the back yard, where they rolled in snow, made snow balls and transported them using a wheelbarrow. Oh the intrigue of freshly-fallen snow. I love this time of year. It's funny how we fall back into winter without skipping a beat. The winter boots go back on our feet and hats and mittens litter our home, but we do it all as if we've been doing it all year long.
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Something else that comes along with winter are holiday scents. I made a Homemade Fall Potpourri using all of my favorite fall scents, so wanted to create a winter/Christmas version, as well. I made a test batch a few days ago and we happened to have guests in from out of town that evening. One of our guests said, "Your house smells SO GOOD. How do you get it to smell just like Christmas?!" Easy peasy! I can share with you how to make your home slowly begin to smell uhhhhhh-maaaaayzing.
WHAT IS POTPOURRI?
Potpourri is an easy way to create an inviting scent into your home. Potpourri can be dried and shared in an open space in your home. Or in this potpourri recipe, simply simmering potpourri over a low heat a mix of fresh ingredients to share the aroma with a combination of fruits, spices, plant materials and sometimes essential oils.
HOW DO I MAKE MY HOUSE SMELL LIKE CHRISTMAS?
I love how easy it can be to invite the smell of Christmas into your home! Very little effort required here to accomplish this recipe and inspire Christmas wishes and dreams and a spirit of joy! A few ingredients simmering throughout the day will make everyone excited about the holidays. Cinnamon sticks, citrus fruits, pine and cranberries mix up beautifully. You can use all or some of the ingredients as you have them around the house. The smell is amazing!
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to Low heat and simmer for 4-6 hours for fresh-smelling potpourri.
Or place all ingredients in a crockpot on Low heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
HOW LONG WILL HOLIDAY POTPOURRI LAST?
This is a mixture of ingredients that are good for the day. After placing the ingredients in the slow cooker and submersing them in water, the heat will use up all the scent from the pieces for about 4-6 hours, maybe longer. Be sure to toss out the used foods. To re-create the aroma, another batch of fruits, spices and plants should be put together.
I love this version of an air freshener because I know exactly what's in my pot or slow cooker, no chemicals and all delicious smelling ingredients I typically keep on hand. I hope you love it too!
GREAT GIFTS FOR FRIENDS
Give the gift of homemade Christmas! It's a perfect gift idea for someone you're going to spend the day with or just want to surprise them with a little gesture that you're thinking of them. Pick up a pint sized mason jar and fill it with all the favorite ingredients! Place a gift tag on it and let them fill their home with a comforting and welcoming scent!
A FEW OTHER GREAT HOMEMADE GIFTS FOR FRIENDS!
I hope you use this on a weekend day spent with the family and Christmas music. Enjoy the potpourri and the rest of this snowy week!