In 2020 she missed the holiday.  Not inside, not outside.  She didn’t bring out even one Christmas item.  Not one.    Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, orange peel and rosemary simmering on the stove.  She closes her eyes.  The house is filled with loved ones.  The tree is up and glowing softly in the corner, packages peeking out from beneath its boughs.  Carols softly in the background.  Voices murmuring punctuated by laughter.  It’s Christmas.

Potpourri – Cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, rosemary, water.  Warm on the stove to make fragrant.  If you don’t have it, leave it out.  Experiment with other things, cardamom pods and anis are good alternatives.  Just be careful that you don’t forget the pot in your reverie.  No one wants 2020 to be the year the house burned down.

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