My granddaughter, in her precocious ways, has to lead us on a path to shatterproof ornaments and owls. Vivian has her own tree to which the bottom half of the tree has been rearranged numerous times by her tiny hands. Her fascination with grasping the tiny lights in her palms and whispering to them has kept all within our family at the edge of our seats. Concern for her safety and the enchanting whispering has one and all entranced.
I decided this year to do away with the wax melts. Concerned about plugs, outlets, and very hot diffusers we made our own holiday scented sprays that are kept well away from one very enterprising toddler.
Make this Yuletide Spirit Spray Mist recipe to use as a handcrafted herbal gift for family and friends this holiday season.
This essential oil blend makes a wonderful room mist; spray it on the Christmas tree (or in the room as an air freshener) to keep that fresh, evergreen scent throughout the holiday weeks.
1. Add all of the oils to a 3- or 4-ounce spray bottle and fill with water. Shake well before spraying. Makes 3 to 4 ounces.
The dark days of winter have always been marked by celebration. Life seems dormant and we feel the need to bring light and warmth to this cold period with ceremony and candlelight. In religions that predate Christianity, festivals of differing cultures marked the return of the sun, the winter solstice. Our current rituals grew from a combination of traditions and superstitions from the Druids, the Romans’ Saturnalia, and the Norse candlelight ceremonies to today’s solstice traditions of Christmas and Hanukkah.
The hardy beauty of nature is brought indoors with aromatic pine boughs and fir trees, scenting the home with the perfume of winter. As the blazing Yule log burns in the fireplace, we enjoy this time of inward reflection with dear ones, a good book, and dreams of the coming year.