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December 21, 2011

Fragrance for your fire

Create an Herbal Yule Log

- by Debra Anchors

Start a memorable family tradition by inviting the kids to help with this holiday project.

Find a suitable fireplace log and cover it with glued-on moss (available at craft stores). Use white school glue, since the log is to be burned. To decorate, glue on pieces of cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, juniper berries, pine cones and bits of lichen collected in the woods and sprigs of rosemary and sage.

Drop fragrant oil (balsam, cinnamon, orange or bayberry are ideal) onto the moss-covered log. Add a paper bow and a few holly sprigs.

Display your Yule log in front of the fireplace until Christmas Eve and then gather the family around the hearth for the fragrant burning.

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  1. a lovely fragrant idea, although in these parts probably better in winter!

  2. That really is a great idea---now if I can just fit it into my schedule. Merry Christmas, Carolyn

  3. A great idea - sounds like it would smell so wonderful and Christmasy!


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