One of my favorite things about being an Army wife is the sharing of great ideas. My dear friend and Army sister, Lisa, shared “Christmas in a Jar” with me, to share with you. Isn’t that just fantastic?!
As Army wives we are forever in need of a “go to” gift. Whether it be for welcoming a new spouse into an Army unit, a quick hostess gift, or even welcoming a new neighbor, we always need something up our sleeves.
“Great ideas can be carried from post to post and shared friend to friend.
When we move, what is old becomes new again.” -Lisa D.
This unique idea would be a wonderful gift for welcoming a new spouse or neighbor during any season of the year. Tossing in few natural items from the area in which you live would add an extra special touch. For example, I am starting with the “base” recipe below and adding specific natural things from the Pacific Northwest. I could call my mix “A PNW Christmas in a Jar,” or “A PNW Summertime in a Jar.”
Basic Recipe (Base)
1 cinnamon stick
3 orange slices
2 lime slices
1 lemon slice
2 grapefruit slices
1/2 cup cranberries
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons Mulling Spices
1 cup water
1 pine cone (from my yard)
1 sprig of Rosemary (from my yard)
1 Sprig of Pine (from the Historical Pines located on the Watkins Parade Field. Smile!)
Pour the entire contents of “Christmas in a Jar” into a saucepan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer then turn the heat down to the lowest temperature. Your home will begin to smell delightful within minutes. Continually add water as the pot boils down. One jar can be used for up to 3 days.
You can decorate your jar by adding embellishments and perhaps a lid label. Pinterest has many free downloads for mason jar lids, both regular and wide mouth.
Consider adding the cooking instructions with your gift. I have designed one for you similar to the one I used in the photo below. Click here for your free “Christmas in a Jar” printable.