The Smells of Christmas

Now that Christmas is upon us, decorating is in full force, the sounds and smells of Christmas are filling the house, and I'm getting super excited for my favorite holiday.

They say smells bring back the strongest memories, and in the spirit of the smells of Christmas, I had to share the mulling spices that are filling our home at this time of year. My mother always had a pot of mulling spices on the stove; I can't remember a Christmas without them! Mulling spices and Glogg, that is (shout out to all those with Swedish heritage!). Turn them on in the morning, after coming home in the afternoon/evening, and breathe in Christmas.

It's wonderful how easy it is to make your home smell like Christmas. Our family recipe goes a little like this:

  • the peel of 1 orange
  • 3-4 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of whole cloves

Throw all of the ingredients into a small pot filled approximately 1/2 full of water, and simmer. Your home will smell like Christmas in no time! This is a very loose recipe, so you can tweek it at will.

There are so many different types of home-made mulling spices out there. I was searching around for some variations to add a little "spice" to my mulling spices, and found some that sound great. I haven't tried them yet, so I can't attest to the wonders of their scent, but you can't really go wrong.

Mulling Spice Blend very similar to my own - just add whole allspice


Holiday Mulling Spices that include cardamom, peppercorns, star anise, all spice, and more. 

From the Cooking Channel

Homemade Mulling Spices that add a twist with candied ginger.

From Shutterbean

The Smells of the Season mulling spices include cranberries, yum!

From Make it Do

The Mountain Rose Blog has a slightly more intense recipe, but the list of ingredients would smell divine!

From The Mountain Rose Blog

I hope your home starts smelling like Christmas in no time!