Fresh Christmas Potpourri


Several years ago my neighbor, Laurie, gave me this as a gift and I loved it. It is now one of my favorite gifts to give neighbors and friends at Christmas because 1) it is so colorful, 2) it is unique/different, and 3) it seriously smells so good. I had someone ask, “mmmmm, what are you making?” . . . which was a compliment to me and my homemade potpourri simmering on the stove (yet a disappointment to them when they realized they couldn’t eat it) and proof that it really does smell good. I like to “gift wrap” it using a clear bag so the colors are visible, tie it with a festive bow, and attach a tag containing the directions (example of the tag shown below).



1 orange

1 lemon

1 lime

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 c fresh cranberries



Slice orange, lemon and lime. Simmer in shallow water with cranberries and cinnamon sticks.



Example of tag:


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6 Responses to Fresh Christmas Potpourri

  1. Suzanne says:

    I LOVE this! Thanks for a great idea. I’m your sister Jane’s friend and she told me about your blog over Thanksgiving. I’ve already made the layered chicken cordon bleu and thought I was going to die it was so good. Thanks for a great blog!

    • Carol says:

      Well nice to meet you Suzanne! We’re lucky to know Jane, huh? I’m so glad you like the blog. Makes me glad that it is helping. :) Hope you have a great day!!

  2. heather says:

    so i have to tell you this funny story. i did this christmas potpourri for a few friend gifts. and everyone loved it, of course! but one of my friends wasn’t home when I dropped it off… but her teenagers were. Seriously – they ate it. Duh! She came home and her daughter was chewing on the cinnamon stick. and the orange and lime were gone. She couldn’t believe they didn’t read the tag to see what it was. it really made me laugh.

    • Carol says:

      I am so laughing! That is funny!! How hilarious that her kids ate it. Especially the cinnamon sticks. Maybe we should be making larger tags? In bold type? Or skywriting gets the attention of people…. LOL!

  3. Katrina says:

    Thank you so much for this idea! Everyone I gifted these to this year loved them. Here\’s my link-back to you:

    • Carol says:

      Well aren’t you sweet! Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m glad the potpourri was a hit. That’s always fun. Happy holidays!!!

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