Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Simple Christmas Traditions . . . .

(This is an updated post from years past ~ in case you missed it in prior years!)

A favorite Christmas tradition here, if you can call it a tradition is:
Our decor is kept simple with greens, candles, pinecones 
and dried orange slices.
The layout of our home really doesn't really allow for a big tree.
 In lieu of that we have 3 (or more) smaller trees nestled in antique crocks. 
Each is simply decorated with lights, pinecones and dried orange slices. 
(Now and then you might find a little nest tucked amongst the branches too.)
I love the translucence and the way the orange slices seem to glow as they 
pick up the light.
I find it quite calming in a season that can be anything but.
I make a new batch of these pretty slices each year.
I love how the house smells as they are drying and to me it's a scent 
of Christmas.
 (I also use some that are years old. Tho they eventually darken
and might not "glow" as much, they are still pretty. 
Don't they look lovely nestled into this antique bowl?
In addition to hanging they make lovely "bowl fillers" and can be hung 
on garlands or added to "potpourri")
If you'd like to make your own, just follow the directions below.

Set your oven to 200 -225 degrees.
Line cookie trays with parchment paper.
Slice navel oranges into about 1/8" -3/16" slices. 
(Eat the scraps to get your vitamin C for winter!)
Lay orange slices in a single layer on cookie sheets and put into oven.
After about 45 min to an hour turn them over.
Check them about every 20-30 minutes and turn each time.
They should take about 2 hours or more as everyones oven heats a l
ittle differently.
Keep a close eye once they are close to done as they can brown quickly.
String with a needle and strong thread.
 May you bask in the warm glow and simplicity of the season,
Lori Ann



THANK YOU for this refresher ... mine are old and we need to replace them.
Wishing Merry Christmas Tidings to you and yours.

Unknown said...

Thank you. I am going to make a batch for myself.

Lorene Hughes said...

I'm new to your blog and I love all your work! Thanks for sharing how to make the orange slices. I going to make some! :)

Debora Hoffmann said...

Soooo beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Maybe someday I'll make some of the orange slices and decorate a tree. It's so simple here that we don't decorate at all most years! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

My orange slices always get too dark. But I use them anyway. :-) I will try your recipe this year, instead. I love your first photo...such a lovely country tree, and with the soft focus Santa in the background. Just beautiful.

Your decorating style reminds me somewhat of the book, Christmas with Jinny Beyer. Have you seen it? I think you would love it: https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Jinny-Beyer-Beautiful-Arrangements/dp/0875967167/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Anonymous said...

Here's the link: Christmas with Jinny Beyer It's one of my favorite Christmas books. Sadly, there is not a Look Inside for it on Amazon. Perhaps I'll do a blog post on it soon and post a page or two from it. Advent blessings...

bayrayschild said...

Thank You for sharing Lori.
May your season be Merry and Bright!