Orange pomanders are not exclusively a Nordic tradition. They date back to the middle ages and were used across the European continent. My friends in Scandinavia report that this tradition, which started as an early form of perfume and has evolved to a Christmas decoration, is alive and well. Orange pomanders in bowls instead of potpourri, orange pomanders hanging in windows, they’re bright and cheerful and smell divine.
Do this now and your home will smell festive until long after you’ve taken down your decorations.
All you need are some oranges and some whole cloves. If you have a citrus zester I recommend using that to remove some of the hard skin of the orange to save your fingertips as well as the clove flowers. Make a random pattern or an intricate design. Your options are limitless!
Depending on the age or your children this may be something they enjoy doing with you. They will love seeing their own masterpieces on display. Whether you do it alone or with help, it’s a repetitive, creative, meditative task that helps slow your pace this season.
I love incorporating this tradition into our family. I love the aesthetic of the strong orange and red colours against the white. Even better, the pomanders last for months, adding festive fragrance to the room.