I love the smells of Christmas. For my family, Christmas has smelled like mulling spices for a long time. In fact, it wasn’t until we went to my friend Skye’s house one year that I realized mulling spices actually had another purpose: mulled wine. But for those times of the day (i.e., any time before 5:00pm) when mulled wine isn’t appropriate, try simmering the spices instead. In minutes your house will smell like Christmas.
In a 3-quart pot, combine 1/2 cup of the spices, a cinnamon stick, a sliced apple and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and let simmer. You may want to set a timer to remind yourself to check the water levels every now and then. Merry Christmas!