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By: Jordan

Thanksgiving has come and gone. And wasn’t it delicious? The passing of a wonderful holiday usually leaves me a little down, not so with Thanksgiving, however. The end of Thanksgiving means the beginning of the greatest season of the year: CHRISTMAS!! Reagan will tell you that Christmas doesn’t start until December 1st, but as the official Nourish content officer (I just gave myself that authority), we will begin the Christmas season with the rest of the world today.

I’m here to tell you that over the next month, there will  be A LOT of Christmas posts; decoration, craft, recipe and gift ideas galore. So, this first post will be simple, yet impactful.  It is said that our sense of smell is the sense that is most strongly related to memories. And, if you’re like me, Christmas has a specific, warm, exciting, delicious smell to it.  So, why not light the house up with the smell of the season!? Of course, you can go spend a small fortune at Yankee Candle, or you can brew the scent of Christmas yourself! Here’s how.

What You’ll Need::

  • A stove or hot plate
  • Saucepan
  • One orange
  • One lemon
  • Whole cinnamon sticks
  • Whole cloves
  •  Whole nutmeg (optional)

What to Do::

  1. Cut up the lemon and orange in thin slices so that they’re circles, not wedges
  2. Fill the saucepan about 2/3 with water
  3. Add the citrus and spices. (Note: shop for your spices in the hispanic section at the grocery store. Big savings there!)
  4. Let the mixture simmer for hours
  5. Add water as it evaporates throughout the day.
  6. Enjoy as your home fills with Christmas! Just remember to turn the stove off when you leave!

My mom has been filling the house with this specific Christmas smell since I was a little girl. You better believe my children will get to enjoy this tradition one day as well. Merry Christmas Season, everyone!!