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Sunday, November 29, 2020

A very pleasant Christmas chore.

Pomanders the quintessential Christmas decoration.

Pierce oranges with toothpicks first, then insert cloves.  Makes for quick and easy work.

Pomanders have long been a Holiday tradition. Their fragrance  fills the house with Christmas  cheer.  

 Making Pomanders is a perfect project for children and grown ups alike. 

Use a sturdy toothpick to punch little holes into oranges, lemons or limes. Insert whole cloves into fruit. Cover  entire fruit with cloves in different patterns.  Spice-rich aroma will fill your house. 

Pomanders will keep for years. 
 Place them into a bowl and toss in a mixture of powdered 

allspice and cloves.

Cover completely, turn often

 making  sure you have enough of the spice mixture to cover fruit. In about two weeks your finished pomanders can be hung into closets or cupboards.

Pomanders make lovely Christmas presents. 

Have fun , Gina. 



  1. Replies
    1. Welcome Vicky. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  2. I can almost smell your attractive pomanders from here Gina - cloves, oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, such evocative smells of Christmastime.

    1. Dear Rosemary,
      Yes, and also allspice. Once pomanders are seasoned enough a pretty ribbon tied around them makes them extra special.

  3. I love when you show your Christmas beauties with fruits and cherubs such as these Gina - and yes, the fragrance fills the air even though we are so far apart! The last photo is so, so gorgeous with that divine face - would be a fabulous Christmas card!!!!!

    1. Dear Mary,
      I purchased this hand carved little angel in the Italian Alps, many years ago. I have used this image as a Christmas Card. Computers are so wonderful. Why buy cards when we can personalize with our own images.

  4. Angels are always a major theme at Christmas time. Fun, frolicking, smiling or somber,serious ones; either way, I just love them! Maybe the wings have been the part I've always wanted to touch! When I was a child they were so enticing! At the Masonic Christmas party my Mom, Dad and I always attended, the film, The Littlest Angel, was shown for the kids! Your angel appears soft and with warm thoughts caressing apples (?) and enjoying himself. Wishing you happy thoughts and for me, I will look forward to some far-off future time when I can touch an angel's wings!
    This would be a good year for pomanders. I plan on making lebkuchen this year - I will be sure to get stick cloves for the pomanders when I get the ground cloves for the recipe! Grazie for the reminder, Gina!

    Mary in Oregon

  5. Dear Mary,
    I'm so glad that you will give making Pomanders a try. Just make sure that you pick thin skinned fruit. It's so much easier on your hands. Like you, I have always loved Putti, especially those which are carved in the mountain regions of Italy, Germany and Austria.
    I have never made Lebkuchen. I hear that it is not easy to make. Good Luck.

  6. Beautiful and rich images from your place, Gina. The smell of pomanders is so lovely. I may make some again.

  7. Dear Lorrie,
    Even two or three Pomanders fill the whole house with lovely reminders of Christmas.

  8. I just found your blog and I LOOVE it!!!!! We have the same taste except you have the ideas. I look forward to many hours of perusing your creativity. Thank you!

    1. Hi Vicki, Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by.