Tuesday, December 11, 2012


It’s time to gather the family to decorate for Christmas!  Want to add the fresh scent of herbs to your home to welcome friends and family?  Here are a few ways to add herbs to your home this year.



  • Centerpieces

-      Yule log with symbolic herbs

-     use fresh cranberries plus water in glass vase with flowers and herbs

-      use dried orange and apple slices and herbs and a large pillar candle

-      glass bowl  filled with ice cold water and float herb leaves such
as sage, basil and thyme with a few flower heads

-      make Advent wreath with symbolic herbs

-      bowl of fruit (oranges, lemons or limes) studded with cloves and rolled in mixed spices

-      decorate a gingerbread house using herbs for trees, wreaths even bay leaf shingles on the roof!


  • Place Cards

-     fill tiny clay pots with herbs and berries

-      cinnamon sticks wrapped with raffia with dried herbs and berries


  • Platters

-        place a neutral colored platter on the bottom and arrange herbs and flower tops on it, then immediately place a see-through platter on top of this one.


  • Napkins

-       tie raffia or ribbon around napkins and tuck in sprigs of fresh rosemary.

-      make a small herbal bouquet, fasten it with an elastic band and tie the bouquet to the napkin ring or directly to the napkin with a ribbon in a bow.




  • Wreaths

-        wired clusters of culinary herbs such as thyme, sage, basil & oregano flowers, bay leaves and mint onto straw bases to make culinary herb wreaths

-      mini bay wreath to decorate the tree


  • Garlands

-        dried fruit slices, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks strung on wire and draped across cabinets, windows or mantle

-      suspend bunches of fresh dried herbs (sage, thyme, marjoram, oregano, rosemary) from twine and drape


  • Fireplace

-        old bunches of herbs (rosemary, thyme, lavender, southernwood and scented geraniums) can be placed on the dying embers near the edge for fragrance


  • Simmer a selection of whole spices to make the house smell great!




For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

And the government will rest on His shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace

Isaiah 9:6

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