I know for sure that I was first introduced to the decorated orange
through the "Little House" books.
A colonial treasure, these served as natural Christmas decorations
and also gifts to friends and neighbors.
This year I let the kids do this project again.
They enjoy it because it's something different to do, and they
feel they are helping with the decorating and preparations.
All you have to do is pierce the flesh of an orange with a clove and push it in.
Repeat in rows!
If the skins are a little tough, you can first pierce the rind with a safety pin
before inserting the clove. I recommend safety pins because the kids pushed the straight pins
all the way in.
These make a very powerful natural deoderizer for your home.
Super pungent and highly highly fragrant, you only need a few to capture
that aroma of holiday citrus spice.
The first day out on the table, if you sit there for too long your eyes will water.
But they smell so clean.
Here in a table setting, the bold natural hue of orange
can serve as a direct contrast to white and green linens and tableware.
A few evergreen branches will add rhythm between forms.
I love them because they are natural and elegant...
...and of course old-fashioned!
It's getting time to deck the halls around here...
I'll be sharing with: