The Official Scent of Christmas: A Simmering Potpourri Recipe (and a peek into our holiday preparations)

Let the holiday season begin! There’s no bah-humbugging here. We are bubbling over with holiday cheer. Mele Kalikimaka dear readers.

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas Day…

The traditional preparations always begin the day after Thanksgiving. We fill the house with festive Christmas music and put on a pot of simmering potpourri that says the holiday season has ARRIVED.

The Official Scent of Christmas: A Simmering Potpourri Recipe

The Official Scent of Christmas: Simmering Potpourri Recipe

Warm, spicy, and decadent, the scent wafts through the house and brings joy to happy sniffers everywhere.


  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods (optional but recommended)
  • 2 cups of water


  1. Slice orange and add all ingredients to a small 2 cup slow cooker or saucepan. Note: If using a gas stove, slightly open a nearby window to prevent build up of fumes.
  2. Turn heat on low and keep warm to fill the house with the official scent of holiday cheer.
  3. Add water as needed.


Once the house is brimming with merriment, Daddy gets the task of lugging up all of the decorations and the tree from the basement. Poor hubby. Katie and I tear into the boxes right away and start setting up.


I want a hippopotamus for Christmas. Only a hippopotamus will do. No crocodiles, no rhinoceruses. I only like hippopotamuses. And hippoputamuses like me too.



The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.



We finish by dressing the tree. Reds and greens, silver and gold, store bought or homemade, each ornament tells a story and carries joyful memories. Pretty Miss Katie always takes a minute out to enjoy her glitter globe snowman ornament. It’s her very favorite ornament.


Thanks to my loving hubby, I finished off the day with a perfect cup of tea and reflected on the many blessings that are my life.     Happy holidays everyone! May you be surrounded by good people, filled with great food, and smile so big and so often that your cheeks are sore from the effort.



Happy Holiday…Happy Holiday…May the calendar keep bringing happy holidays to you.

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Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

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