Homemade Holidays | Christmas Potpourri

Let’s Blog Over Making Your House Smell Like Christmas!!!!

It’s finally the time I wait all year long for.

Thanksgiving week is here and that means the holiday craze is beginning! Yes!

Here’s the thing, every year I always make these grand plans in my head to do all my favorite holiday things. Like all of them. Put up my tree, decorate the tree all fab, make sugar cookies, decorate the house, make gingerbread houses from scratch, send out christmas cookies and holiday cards to everyone, find the best gifts, watch A L L the Christmas movies, go ice skating, make hot chocolate with giant marshmallows and loads of whipped cream, make the most grand Christmas dinner – with the table set all cute and festive. The idea is pretty much just to have the perfect Holiday season, which for me started in October.

Here ‘s the reality though, I maybe do half of those things and then Christmas comes and goes and I am really sad it’s over because I didn’t even get to cross off the other half the things on my list. It honestly happens every year.

So this year, I am speaking it into existence to get all those things done. Especially with how busy I am right now, it’s close to impossible. Instead, I am bringing the Christmas fun to the blog and making my work not work like at all. Gotta love that. I have decided that there are just way too many things I want to tell you guys all about this December, so now the weekends will be filled with Christmas cheer.

So exciting right!?!? Ok well exciting for me any way.

Today I am kicking things off with some crazy easy, holiday potpourri that simmers on the stove all day long. Don’t think I am all old and lame trying to tell you guys to make some homemade potpourri, I promise you will love this. Just trying to make the house smell like Christmas – like home. I spend tons of money on candles, and this is a cheaper option. Even if you’re a candle person, you’ll love this potpourri.

The best part is, you can really use whatever you have on hand. The must-haves in my opinion are cinnamon, citrus, ginger and vanilla. Nothing makes it feel more like the holidays than those smells. Trust me, if you are having guests over this is the perfect thing to have simmering away on the stove. So try it at Thanksgiving. It’s a great easy fix that makes people feel warm, cozy and welcomed!

Jeez, I am so domestic and excited. It’s the holidays, they do that too me.

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3 tangerines halved
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise gives a strong black licorice smell. optional
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean + 1 vanilla extract
  • 1 small branch fresh pine
  • 1 cup apple cider pomegranate or cranberry juice
  • water

I can’t wait to hear what you all think!