Christmas Scent

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Christmas Scent - Everyone wants to know my secret at the holidays because the house smells so wonderful. Here it is!

On of my favorite things to prepare for Christmas is “Christmas Scent”.  This is a must for when you are entertaining during the holidays.  My Mom passed this to me and it is the perfect “touch” to have as a hostess.  Be sure you check the water often or use a crockpot.  Every year I make this and I get so many complements from my guests.  Everyone wants to know my secret at the holidays because the house smells so wonderful. Here it is!

Christmas Scent
Recipe type: Seasonal
  • 3, 4" Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3, Bay Leaves
  • ¼ cup whole cloves
  • ½ lemon, halved
  • ½ orange, halved
  • 1 quart water
  1. Combine all ingredients in a tea kettle or saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer as long as desired. Check often and add more water as needed or you can place in your crock pot.



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  1. I think I’ll try to do this in a crock pot. It may take a bit longer to get the aroma going but I won’t have to eyeball the water as much & use less electricity.

    Thanks for all your wonderful tips; I appreciate you.

    Merry Christmas to you & yours.

    • Melissa@StockpilingMoms says:

      I agree! My crockpots are always in use but I got a smaller size that I am going to try this year.

  2. Thank you for posting! This is just what I needed! I’ve got it on the stove now. Thank you for your website and your postings. May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!!

  3. Something is missing from that recipe. I swear there are juniper berries in that photo.

  4. Great idea! I think I’ll use my little crockpot, too. thx

  5. sandy weinstein says:

    this is a scent i could smell all of the time…love the cin., w/ lemons, cloves, oranges. never heard of adding bay leaves though.

  6. Love the idea of using the crockpot for this.

  7. Peggy E says:

    Just the thought of this scent wafting through my house makes me happy!

  8. I know this is going to smell good! I’ll be making this!

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