Filling the house with Lemon Decor For Christmas
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Getting the house ready for the holidays always puts me in the spirit of the season. This year we have a short sprint from Thanksgiving to Christmas and with two new kittens added to our household things are already feeling a bit hectic. First things first. I usually address the wreath on the front door before tackling any other seasonal decorations. This year, I had a hankering for lemons and thought dried slices would be beautiful with glossy bay leaves and gold Christmas ornaments. After burning two batches of lemon slices, I decided to use whole lemons in this year’s wreath.
I’ll try again with the lemon slices since I discovered how fantastic they look with pinecones and cranberries. If I finish the garland in time I’ll share it with you here, otherwise, it will be put off until next Winter.
Pictured above is a simple arrangement that you can easily put together using a favorite bowl, basket or box. I love this wrought iron basket and usually fill it with pinecones collected on walks. I keep it near the fireplace as a decorative element. It does double duty as a container for kindling, cradling pinecones and dried herbs to start aromatic fires when temperatures dip. Here I’ve added whole lemons, a pomegranate and a little green and gold spray with bells and balls and shiny little wrapped packages.
To take full advantage of this alone time, I turn up the holiday playlist. It’s filled with my favorite carols and holiday songs, from childhood classics to the latest crowd pleasers. I let my imagination take flight and sing along with abandon.
I decided I wanted to create a Pompadour to add the fragrance of cloves and lemon to the ambiance in my home, but of course a Pompadour is a hairstyle! What I really wanted to make was a Pomander. There are some great tutorials out there for making these festive orbs. Most people use oranges, but I thought it would be fun to add lemons to the mix to carry the zesty motif throughout the house.
I used a wooden skewer to make holes in the lemon’s skin in a simple pattern. I also used the skewer to pierce the ribbon at the bottom and on both sides near the top, so that I could use whole cloves to hold the ribbon securely in place. A second ribbon serves as a hanger to dangle the lemon clove Pomander in the doorway to the kitchen. Thanks to our sponsor Limoneira for supplying plenty of luscious lemons for me to play with!
Now, I’m thinking how lovely the lemons would look on the Christmas tree. Of course, there’s the added benefit of being unbreakable. Could be just what we need this year with two curious kitties under foot. Lemons and white roses, wouldn’t that be beautiful? How would you incorporate lemons into your holiday decor?