Hello fellow Migonis Home Blog readers! I had the privilege of knowing Jen since we were teenagers, along with the rest of her immediate family. She’s always been inspiring in the decorating realm, and has inspired me to be more creative!
Day Five of the Twelve Days of Christmas is brought to us by Holly (Flint) White. As Holly more discreetly mentions we have known each other since our awkward days in youth group (weigh in here, Kim and Danielle). Thank goodness some things get better with age and we haven’t stayed looking like the early ’90s… 🙂 Holly, thank you for sharing your Christmas Fragrance Punch recipe… it looks amazing!
I thought I’d share my mom’s famous Christmas Punch recipe, which she actually got from a woman in the community she grew up in on Long Island.
Christmas Fragrance Punch (for aroma)
1 qt. pineapple juice
1 qt. water
1 qt. apple cider
3 tsp. powdered ginger
3 pieces of 3-inch cinnamon
16 whole cloves
1 tsp. allspice
1.5 tsp. pickling spice
As you can see from the photo, I bought pineapple slices in 100 percent juice, because I knew my family would gobble up the pineapple and I could use the juice for this project.
Place all ingredients in a large cooking saucepan (you’ll need a large size, medium won’t work), and let them come to a boil. Continue boiling for several minutes, then turn the flame down to keep the contents simmering.
I just leave mine on the stove and turn it on at night when we’re home. You can also store the mixture in the refrigerator when not in use. As some of the contents begin to evaporate, just add water to keep the mixture going throughout the holiday season. The combination smells like all things Christmas – sweet, clean and crisp!
I also thought I’d share a few decorations my family and I spent the weekend putting up. I have two rules for Christmas decorating: 1. Invite people over to “spend time together,” i.e., do most of the work. 2. Above all else, keep it simple. I’ve got a 19-month old cutie pie, my hubby and I both work full time, and I am not the least bit crafty. So – I find other ways to usher in the Christmas decor without using up too much of the precious little energy I already have 🙂
Step one: Christmas balls. A fantastic family member gave us a collection of red and silver balls as a wedding present, and I find all the pretty containers I have and dump them in!
Step two: Keep what you’ve already got out. Rather than put away seasonal decorations every couple of months and put up new ones, I just switch out a couple of key parts of an area, and voila! Its suddenly Christmas/Easter/July 4th/Autumn! In this corner of our living room, all of the objects are always there – except the Christmas balls and the little gold candle holders.
Step three: Use your linens. I was gifted a beautiful set of shiny red and gold table napkins for Christmas – in a set of 18, I think. Since I only use them once/year, during the month of December you’ll find them laid out on most decorative surfaces in our home – from under our wine bottles to the dining room table to that bookshelf in the corner I put the “to be paid” bills on!
And there you have it. Oh, and I should include the quintessential photo of our tree – no theme for decorations, just the mix of red/silver and the ornaments that mean something to us, such as the blue/pink one that once decorated my great grandmother’s tree, or the handmade wooden nativity ornaments from my in laws.
And, a blog post wouldn’t be complete without a cameo from my adorable little man, Levi.
Thanks Migonis Home readers, for peeking in on some of our Christmas celebration!