Pomanders and Jesus will save Christmas

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Pomanders and Jesus will save Christmas

This year hasn’t been the best for many of us, but there are two things that 2020 can’t take from me: baby Jesus and pomanders.

I know what you’re thinking: 1) Jamie has officially lost it and 2) I doubt pomanders are a real thing. It sounds like a magical creature that might try to poison your character in your next D&D encounter. Or maybe a fantastical elixir that cures a grinchy spirit.

Not so, my friends! (Well, I might have lost it, but that was Facebook official a long time ago.)

Pomanders are little oranges with cloves stuck in them. It makes an absolutely heavenly scent that, if dried, can last for a full year. Historically, they used to be used as potpourri or placed in drawers to keep things smelling lovely.

In our backyard, we have an unidentified citrus tree that was planted by the previous owners. The fruit is bitter and the branches have thorns the size of melee weapons, but it produces about a 25,000 little orange-lookin’ things that make fantastic pomanders!

If you’re stuck at home this holiday season, see if you can scrounge up some oranges and cloves for a fun little craft to lighten your spirits. And don’t forget the most joyful story of all: God sent his own son to rescue humanity from its own wretched hive of scum and villainy (yes, I can reference Jesus and Star Wars in the same sentence and be totally serious lol).

Merry Christmas!

By | 2020-12-23T16:52:09+00:00 December 23rd, 2020|Blog|6 Comments


  1. Doris December 23, 2020 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    You can float oranges with cloves in them in a hot apple cider. Makes a yummy drink on those cold nights. We take a piece of log drill holes into it for two tapered candles. Staple some holly on the log. You can spritz with some fake snow. Makes a lovely gift or center piece on your dinner table.

    • Jamie Foley December 24, 2020 at 11:50 am - Reply

      That sounds beautiful! We make ‘wassail’ every year which is really just hot apple cider with spices… Will definitely add a pomander or two next time I make it! What a fun idea! 😀

  2. Sara James December 23, 2020 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I made a pomander as a kid that lasted for years. I wish I knew how many, but lots more than one. We kept it for so long that it just kind of petrified the orange. I’m not sure why we got rid of it. I guess eventually it didn’t smell or look nice anymore.

    • Jamie Foley December 24, 2020 at 11:49 am - Reply

      I have a ‘petrified’ one too! LOL! It still smells good but it’s faint… I wonder if I could revive it with some clove & orange essential oils…

  3. Janet December 24, 2020 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Trifoliate Orange, AKA Flying Dragon. https://www.phillyorchards.org/2019/11/01/plant-spotlight-trifoliate-orange/
    We have several around here. I can’t imagine someone would intentionally plant one. I think birds are responsible for ours. Beware, the juice is very sticky if you try the pomander recipe.
    Merry Christmas Jamie!

    • Jamie Foley December 24, 2020 at 11:24 am - Reply

      JANET YOU BEAUTIFUL FAWN. We’ve been trying to identify that tree for years and no one has ever known! How did you know just from a 1-sentence description?? THANK YOU!! I owe you some Flying Dragon jam…

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