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I don’t know about you, but I love the smell of Christmas. Give someone the gift of a Christmas scent (homemade holiday potpourri) this holiday season!

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Fresh pine, cinnamon, vanilla, and orange. So fresh, yet so cozy. To me, there’s nothing better than a snow day and a pot of homemade potpourri simmering on the stove. It’s winter perfection.

Last Christmas, I made potpourri in a pot for us all to enjoy, but this year I thought, why not take those scents and turn them into a gift for all our friends and family to enjoy as well. I know, I know, I am just so nice…right. Seriously though, this is such a quick and simple gift, I cannot believe I never thought of it before!

I have customized these cute little bags to my liking, but feel free to use a little more of this and a little less of that so that your Christmas scent is just PERFECT for you.

I also used fresh cranberries and oranges in my bag. Since I will be gifting these bags to Asher teachers tomorrow, I stored them in the fridge. If you would prefer, you can make these using all dried fruits, and then you don’t have to worry about the fruit going bad. For me, the fresh cranberries and oranges make a huge difference both in appearance and in smell, just sayin.

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OKAY, and now for a fun/sort of serious part of this post. In keeping with my goal to really try to give back this December, today I have partnered with  ZWILLING J.A. Henckels (aka my bestest buddies) to gift THREE readers one of my FAVORITE Staub pots. I’m pretty excited about it, AND you get to choose your favorite color (my favorites are the matte black and grenadine)! I know, so fun!

Staub is hands down my all time favorite cookware. Their pots, skillets, and dishware are honestly the best. I know you guys will LOVE this Staub Cast Iron 4 Quart Cocotte. It’s the pot I use most in the kitchen!! Love it!

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While I am so excited to be gifting you guys some of my favorite cookware, I am also really excited to share a little info about the charity I am giving to this week. My mom has always made a point to give back, especially around Christmas. This year, she has really inspired me to give back myself, and today I wanted to chat a little about a charity I think is pretty close to a lot of people’s hearts.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital works day and night to help save the lives of thousands of children battling cancer. Cancer is something that has probably affected most us in some way or another. I know it has greatly affected my family. This is one of the many reasons I feel so lucky to be able to give back and help support such an amazing organization like St. Jude’s.

I was laying in bed the other night finishing up some work, I think it was like 11:45 pm and I was so ready for bed, but me being me, I just couldn’t go to sleep without a little something fun. At least for a few minutes of a Christmas movie was a must. I told myself I would only watch ten minutes, but of course, I picked one of those sappy, tear-filled Hallmark Christmas movies. A huh, you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, long story short, the movie was about a young boy with leukemia. His mother wrote a blog about their journey, staying at St. Jude’s, and the everyday ups and downs. To say that it was intense is an understatement. I totally cried my way through the ending, but even though the story was so sad, it was also very upbeat and positive at the same time. It’s hard to explain, and I am a horrible story-teller, but the point is that it really made you think and be grateful and so happy for what you have, you know?

I really could not think of a better organization to donate to this Christmas. Kids are everything, full of innocence, energy, and life. Knowing that by giving, even just a little, I can help to fund research that can potentially help save lives, is a great feeling.

So today I am encouraging you all to give a little back too, if it’s at all possible! Please check out the St. Jude’s Website, watch the videos, learn about the kids, and learn how you can help save a life.

Sorry if that all totally sounds like an ad, BUT it’s Christmas, and it’s a time for giving, not just receiving… of course that’s fun too!

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To enter the Staub GIVEAWAY: tell me what is on your bucket list of things you MUST do before Christmas? Do you want to go ice skating? Bake pounds of Christmas Cookies? Decorate Gingerbread houses? Make Homemade Holiday Potpourri for gifting?

Leave your answer in the comments and I will pick THREE winners one week from today!! Oh, and if you do decide to give to St. Jude’s, please email me or let me know in the comments. I will send you a big internet hug! 🙂

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Happy potpourri making friends!

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Christmas Potpourri.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 1 BAG HOMEMADE CHRISTMAS POTPOURRI

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries OR 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks crushed
  • 1-2 star ansie optional
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger
  • 1 vanilla bean halved lengthwise
  • 1 fresh pine or 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup Satsuma or tangerine OR 1/3 candied orange peel

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients except the orange in a burlap bag or glass jar. If using a jar, add the orange and seal the jar. If using a burlap bag, tie the sack shut and then tie the orange onto the outside of the sack. You can also just place the orange inside the sack. Decorate as desired.
  • If using fresh cranberries and oranges, gift the potpourri within 2-3 days of making and keep stored in the fridge. If you use all dried fruits, the potpourri can be stored at room temperature for up to a month.
  • To make the Potpourri, add the contents of your bag (or jar) to a medium size pot. Add water until it comes 3/4 the way up the pot. Simmer on the stove over low heat, adding water every so often to keep it from drying up.

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If only you could smell my potpourri simmering away. SO Christmasy!! And isn’t that Staub pot the most beautiful thing ever? It’s really a work of art! I know I have already said this, but it’s my favorite!

Lastly, if you make this Homemade Holiday Potpourri be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

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  1. 5 stars
    This smells so good! Was a hit this year for gifting. Was able to swap out some of the fresh ingredients for dried ones (dried cranberries/mandarins) to ship for friends/family and they loved it.

    1. Hey Kim,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  2. I want to bake several of your Christmas cookie recipe for friends that do not have time to bake for their families! Next week is baking week! Merry Christmas 🎄!

  3. I’m making potpourri for family and friends. I needed a good recipe and this sounds so good, and the Staub pot is needed.. so seems I was sent here to try to win, and for this awesome potpourri recipe.
    Happy Holidays 😊

  4. Hi hello, happy almost December! Forgive me for a potentially stupid question, but I’ve never even used potpourri let alone made some. 🙂 I’ve googled the webs and scoured through many comments, but am not sure of the answer. 1, I’m assuming this needs to be made by the receiver within like 48 hours or so because of the fruit. 2, when the person uses it – how long does it last? Does it get simmered all day and then tossed out after that?

    Thank you!

    1. Hey Lauren,
      Yes, that is correct, the recipient will need to use this within 1 month and yes they will simmer all day and then toss:) I hope you love the potpourri. Please let me know if you have any other questions and Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  5. Hi T,
    I love this as a gift idea! Ok, two questions to clarify. Can a whole cutie clementine or fresh peel be inserted into a burlap bag, or must it be a tangerine or satsuma? Also, when using fresh cranberries/oranges, how long does the recipient have/need to use by when gifted?

    1. Hey there,
      Yes, a whole cutie is great to use! The recipient has 1 month to use the gift. I hope you love the potpourri. Please let me know if you have any other questions and Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  6. My bucket list until Christmas is to practice cooking. I really love to and I hope to get better at it! Another bucket list is to find dedicated time to do crafts and things with my daughter besides homeschool 🤪.
    Ps- I bought two Staub so far and I am in love!!!!

  7. Baking lots of cookies a tradition that my sister and I always did with our mom. She passed 19 years ago but we continued the tradition with our kids. Also will be writing Christmas cards with special notes to friends and family. Feel it is more important then ever this year that we keep in touch and hoping the card will give them a little encouragement during these unprecedented times. PS love your recipes, have made several and enjoyed them all. Merry Christmas to you and yours and a Happy Healthy New Year!

    1. Aw I love that you both continue on that tradition, Denise! Thank you so much for sharing! I hope you continue to love my recipes too! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    You are the best! Thank you for such a fun gift idea! I’m going to add it to my bucket list that includes finish shopping, wrap, wrap, wrap, and wrap, bake 17 banana breads to distribute to friends, neighbors and office associates, cook some surprise meals for neighbors with hardships and spend some good, intentional time with family and friends! 35 days and counting. . .

    1. I hope these turn out well for you Sandy! Wow 17 banana breads?! That is so amazing you are sharing so many with friends and family! Thank you Sandy! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    This potpourri looks amazing and a definite must try! On my Christmas bucket list, is trying my hand at making dried orange and eucalyptus boho inspired wreaths for family and friends. We always give to St. Jude. It is such a worthy cause. ❤️

  10. I am making the potpourri for gifts as well as my toasted granola. Lots of homemade gifts this year is tops on my list. And also giving back. We usually hold an open house and guests bring non perishable food that we donate to our local food bank as well as pet food for our local shelter. This year we are not having our party so we are donating the money we would have spent to the same charities and will add st. jude’s to our list.

  11. 5 stars
    One thing on my holiday bucket list is attempt to make my grandmas amazing almond sugar cookies. Sadly, she passed just a few weeks ago and this will be the first holiday season without her and her cookies. My step mom has been practicing the recipe for some time now and I have decided it’s time I also learn it so that it can continue to be passed down for more generations!

  12. Two things on my Christmas bucket list! I live in Mississippi but grew up in Stowe Vermont so I always try to go somewhere over the holidays where there is snow! And Cookie baking using my grandmothers cookie cutters!! A memory I made with my children and hopefully with my grandchildren! ❤️ Your recipes ! Can’t wait to try the potpourri gift bags!! Our town is a huge supporter of st Jude s – Memphis is an hr away… thanks for mentioning them❤️

  13. My to do list now includes making these for my staff members for Christmas! And some of my mom’s famous cranberry relish to gift as well—perfect for holiday dinners or to spruce up any meat or veggie.

  14. 5 stars
    Love this idea as we all need a little bit of help getting into the Christmas spirit. Top priority of my bucket list is getting together with my cousin to have our annual Christmas cookie baking craziness. We take a few days to make our new and old favorite recipes and bake away. Spending lots of hours together being silly and creating gifts made with love. Hoping we can still manage to do this being extra careful with these trying pandemic times.

    1. Aw that is awesome that you guys have that tradition! I hope you are able to do that and stay safe as well! xTieghan

  15. My pre-Christmas bucket list is just to cook in my new kitchen!! I am not exaggerating when I say that when I discovered you, it kickstarted us to finally decide to take the plunge and renovate our kitchen (Family of 4 have been living without an oven for over 2 years… I know.. how can that be?!?). And my husband gifted me a Staub skillet for our my first meal in our new kitchen (inspired by all your recipes) – it’s killing me not to take it out of the box and use it!! So how awesome would it be to get another piece of their cookware for my new kitchen! But while I patiently wait (3 more weeks), we are making a list of all the meals we are going to cook from your site…. any suggestions?

  16. I would love to take my nieces to see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Centre. I always was in awe of it as a kid and it really got me in the “‘tis the season” mood. Nyc is not the same after this pandemic (what is?!) but the window displays along 5th ave. And the whole city decked out for the lights is that Christmas magic you see in those Hallmark holiday movies. There’s nothing like Christmas in NYC especially when you can share it with family.

    1. Aw that would be really sweet, Kate! If you choose to do that, I hope you have an amazing time and stay safe! xTieghan

  17. The holidays are going to be a bit different this year, less family, less entertaining. So I’ll have more time, so my goal is to cook and bake my way through my wonderful cookbooks, including Half baked Harvest. When possible I will share with my family and friends by delivering to their door. I just delivered your Apple Butter to several family and friends. I do plan on donating to St. Jude. I have in the past. Happy Holidays to you and your family. I love your instagram stories. Thank you!!

    1. Thank you so much Kathy! I am so happy you are cooking your way through some books, including mine! I hope you have an amazing holiday season! xTieghan

  18. Thank you for this idea! This is the perfect addition to homemade gifts of salsa, apple and apricot butter and homemade tea!!
    My bucket list before the holidays includes getting tea made for my growing business, ski walkabouts in the woods in the quiet dreamy snow with hot beverages, apple pie baking, and mailing all the packages to arrive before Christmas this year!

  19. This looks great !! I can not wait to try it , perhaps today!
    Bucket list is definitely going to be decorating. This is our first year in our new house and I want to make it really special…go big or go home !!
    Thanks for everything you do, cheers!

  20. Mmmm. The ingredients can’t help but smell delightful. 😍😍 My bucket list is making some biodegradable/edible decorations and finding a Christmas tree on the piece of land we’re clearing for our first house. With all the transition in our lives, we won’t be able to have a tree in the apartment, so I decided to make one that wildlife and humans alike can enjoy while we’re moving dirt and removing stumps.

  21. This potpourri is a definite on my list of things to do for the holidays this year! I love how you can personalize it with your favorite items that smell so good and make a cute little bag too!

    Normally we have a lot of company over the holiday season. Sadly this year, I am not sure how this will look. Not just for us, but for everyone. So to me, that means I need to step up my holiday cheer as I know this will be heavy on many hearts this year. So many people have lost loved ones and will not be able to travel to see family like they normally would. 😢

    BTW, I love you are giving to St Judes. This is a GREAT charity that I give to as well.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

    1. Hi Kim! I hope you have an amazing holiday season despite not being able to celebrate like normal! Thank you so much for sharing! xTieghan

  22. 5 stars
    I Love all of your recipes Tieghan!! From the beautiful pictures you take to all the joy you put into everything!! You inspire me!!! This year with the pandemic I’m bringing a simpler Christmas back to the heart of my home with homemade gifts!! I love life, family and nature. It is very important to me! Since last year I had lost my father to Alzheimer’s and a part of my heart…I am reminded how it’s all about making “ memories!”
    A captured moment that you hold unto even when a loved one can’t………
    My father use to play Santa Claus for all kids in my small town. So it’s a special time of of year and also a dear one I hold to my heart! ❤️

    This year I’m making Extra large Gingerbread men for all my grandchildren and kids I know!! My best friend taught me and gave me her recipe to pass on! So this year I’m putting a “red heart” ❤️ on all the cookies along with the piping, eyes, mouth etc!!
    So spread the LOVE this season along with Joy!!
    It has been a hard year!!!
    Thank you Tieghan for the joy you bring to all of us looking at Half Baked Harvest!
    Yummingly,
    suedenny59

    1. Thank you so much Susan! I am so happy you have been enjoying my recipes and I hope you continue to! Also, love that you are making your friends recipe for your grandchildren!! xTieghan

  23. Every year I make or buy something to gift to our clients for Christmas. I was going to make a braided bread our family lives and I still may do this but your pot pouri is perfect! I love the idea of gifting these in burlap bags like you’ve done too. Especially this year people are appreciating more than ever a gesture to be thought of. We always add a tag with the recipe and give credit to the originator and will do that again. Thanks you! And Staub cookware is on my Christmas list this year!

  24. You are so inspiring..and to be so young is a double YAY <3! I would be so EXCITED to try Staub cookware!! I've always loved cooking in cast iron
    ..but Lodge is all I've ever tried.
    Happy Holidays!

  25. Three things to do before Christmas:
    1. Walk through a local botanical garden at see the most beautiful display of Christmas Lights!! (Safe and festive🎄)
    2. Make Christmas ornaments with my kiddos (Maribel & Maverick) to use as gifts to grandparents- this is an tradition & I think I will tack on this potpourri too! Especially sweet since we might not travel to see anyone this year!
    3. Cook Christmas dinner! Want to include a pecan pie (never made one, but I love), a great new appetizer to have out during the day & a fun and easy cocktail to keep the entire day festive and relaxing!

    PS- we also donate to St. Judes! ❤️

  26. My bucket list of MUST do before Christmas: finish crafting wine and beer glasses with Cricut as gifts! This potpourri recipe is a high choice for an additional gift.

  27. What a unique gift idea!

    My before-Christmas bucket list includes making homemade Christmas cards for family and friends, (& now thinking of attaching some homemade potpourri goodie bags), and baking up a storm of Christmas goodies!

  28. I want to work on making some homemade candies like my grandmother used to make. I also have a cinnamon roll night with my nieces and nephew where we will make cinnamon rolls for Christmas gifts.

  29. I would love a Staub pot! My bucket list before Christmas:
    1. Make your Slice & bake Salted Chocolate Butter Pecan cookies (they were a huge hit last year & being requested as gifts again)
    2. Another homemade gift or purchase locally sourced one of a kind gifts (there are so many of your recipes that I want to make as gifts, I keep changing my mind! 🙃)
    3. Pack them all in diy Christmas Eve boxes. Idea from hallmark home & family. Check out the link https://youtu.be/UT0TZZLJMfo

  30. I will love to make some homemade holiday popurrí for gifting that’s for sure in my bucket list before Christmas. 😊

  31. Donate to help a local family celebrate Christmas.
    Make Christmas stockings for our new twin grandsons.
    Enjoy the time I’m abke to spend with family.

  32. This is such a great idea! Since Christmas is a little different this year, & I have been laid off, I want to make things for the people I love!
    Things I must do before Christmas this year:
    ~ Put up the Christmas tree early (no later than December 1st)
    ~ Bake a eggless lemon dessert for my aunt who is allergic to eggs
    ~ Dabble in making candles for friends, or possibly potpourri 🙂
    ~ Find a special Christmas gift for my partner

    Merry Christmas 🎄

  33. 4 stars
    I will definitely be gifting this potpourri all of my girlfriends this holiday season! I am celebrating Christmas with my boyfriend and friends since this is the first time I can’t go home to my family living across the country due to COVID. I am looking forward to starting my own Christmas traditions this year, and can’t wait to enjoy the potpourri simmering (possibly in a Staub!) in the kitchen while doing so. Thanks for sharing all of your best recipes right in time to make them myself!

  34. 5 stars
    I HAVE to make my traditional cookies: Pizzelles, gingerbread men, decorated sugar cookies and thumbprint cookies. This year, my oldest grandson said he wants to make sure he is there when I make the pizzelles! Can’t wait to get started!

  35. What a wonderful recipe idea! I will definitely need to give this a try. My bucket list before Christmas includes making these little potpourri goodie bags and homemade vanilla extract bottles as gifts for friends and family!

  36. My holiday bucket list now includes making these potpourri satchels for sure! But also baking lavender cookies which is a favorite family tradition! I plan to mail Christmas cookies this year so I’m excited about recipes for sturdy, shippable treats. Maybe some of those pretzel/chocolate/caramel HBH bars…I don’t know but what I do know is I’m trying to connect with loved ones in new and creative ways. It keeps me in the holiday spirit!

  37. 5 stars
    My bucket list items for the holidays are:
    -Find the perfect spot to go sledding (it doesn’t snow where I live so this might take a bit of work to achieve)
    -Find the perfect pair of slippers
    -Bake as much as I can! My kitchen is currently being remodeled so this is also a bit difficult to achieve, but I hope to have it all finished by December

  38. What I’m most excited about doing before the holidays is making homemade clay ornaments and watching my toddler twin grand babies paint them! They have been my light through this challenging year. Happy holidays to all, and please stay safe 🙂

  39. 5 stars
    Love the potpourri idea! Will have to try this instead of candles. I want to make some boozy hot chocolate and go see some drive-through holiday lights!

  40. I was reading this and got so excited about the staub pit giveaway 😂 from 2015 though. Oh well. Still, amazing recipe

  41. Would love to find those who are alone this time of year and include them in our holiday family meal! It is always a blessing to give to those who need some love and attention, especially to those who are struggling more than others!

  42. I would love to get my homemade candies done early this year. I make caramels, toffee, peanut brittle and want to add sorghum taffy to the list. Have a wonderful holiday!

  43. The thing I must do before Christmas: Get our Christmas Tree. For our family it always seems to be about our tree. So. Many. Opinions. When we first got married we disagreed about fake or real. My husband said he would have to be dead before we could ever have a fake tree. Then it was multi colored lights or all white. I let him win again with multi colored. 🙄 It’s always a Fraser Fir…no argument there. Our kids (3 of them) always come with to pick it out. After we did our addition, many years ago now, we had 12 foot ceilings to work with. We thought a 9 foot tree was plenty big. Our youngest kept saying it wasn’t big enough! We took it home and got it inside and stood back to look at the tree…he said I told you…and yep, he was right! Out the door it went (we donated it to my brother) and went right back out to get a new one…11 feet tall and we have not made that mistake again! We always host Christmas for our families and also have a large Christmas party with our friends. Our house is always decorated (tastefully) everywhere. However, Everyone always compliments/comments on our tree, it’s always a stunner because it is so tall and fills the space so well. And the smell in the whole house…perfection! Pictures are always taken in front of the tree as well as just the tree by itself. I always insist on a minimum of 1200 lights. While the tree never used to be my favorite thing about Christmas, it has grown to be one of my favorites because of all of the memories surrounding it!

    1. That sounds amazing! I love that you get a big tree, so do we! I hope everything goes amazing this year, Kim! Thank you! xTieghan

  44. I need to make cookies, English toffee, and get two trees up. I work retail, so Christmas gets to be very hectic. I like to get those things done early. I also mail out 100 hand made Christmas cards each year.

  45. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan, Love the potpourri bag idea for a gift. I was wondering where you found your cute little bags? I like the unfinished edge to these. Thanks for you help and Merry Christmas!!

    1. HI! I found these on Etsy a few years ago. Just search burlap gift bags on Etsy and many options will come up. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Merry Christmas! xTieghan

  46. 5 stars
    I would love to win the Staub pot! I want to make your potporri, need to make cookies, make a few more gift, then figure out how to pack it all to bring in the plane to see my kids for Christmas!

  47. Bucket List Before Christmas: bake LOTS of cookies, several which are from your 2019 Holiday Cookie Box!!! Also, donate clothes to a women’s shelter.

  48. 5 stars
    I plan to visit my Mother’s grave in Normangy and my Father’s grave in Houston. I want to make sure their headstones are clean and place Poinsettias.

  49. Wowza! What a great gift giveaway! Before Christmas bucket list item is to walk through the light display on the grounds of Newfields(formerly Indianapolis Art Museum) it’s so romantic and magical!✨

  50. This season, I want to take the time to be present and enjoy it. Too often, I have found that as age has come upon me and excuses are made, I have forgotten to take time to appreciate the little things. So with that being said, I have promised myself to walk in the mountains, really smell the pine trees, enjoy looking for pinecones on the ground, and give the squirrels a few nuts for the winter. And if there is snow, make snow angels…and hopefully, get back up!

  51. 5 stars
    My bucket list involves enjoying my kids and grandkids during this most magical time. And then do all the shopping wrapping baking etc around my two jobs! Yikes what am I waiting for? ??

  52. 4 stars
    I was all excited to try this, but the “old and lame” comment bummed me out. It’s not cool to stereotype older people that way, just like it’s super ignorant to assume all people under 40 are “young and dumb”. There are many vital, awesome people well into their 70s and 80s, right? Old doesn’t mean lame.

    Do better.

  53. 5 stars
    Hi! I really enjoy your blog ?and those Staub pots look amazing! My bucket list is
    1.cook the Christmas supper for my colleagues today
    2.make peppernut cookies- a family tradition
    3.have friends over to make candy/cookies
    4.to make your potpourri- my house heated with a woodstove, and that will be so totally cozy to have a pot of potpourri bubbling away on it!

  54. I have so much to do…..still need to buy gifts, wrap & mail gifts, bake more cookies, and plan for a family dinner, but the most important thing I need to do is go to yoga. It keeps me sane!

  55. On my bucket list of things to do is to finally move back home! We lost it in hurricane Florence on September 12th. So excited and humbled to truely be home for the holidays! We will be enjoying your turkey and wild rice pot pie on Christmas night!

    1. I am so sorry to hear that Lacey, but I am so glad you are finally able to move back home! Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  56. 5 stars
    This Christmas I definitely will add potpourri-ing to the list – this homemade gift looks easy but yet very thoughtful and I can send to anyone far away! Next on the list is making chocolate truffles for everyone who is super close to me, it’s a tradition I bake something new each year and 2018 is truffles!! And lastly, I have to develop all those Kodak films – yes, I carry those disposable cameras still with me and I must say people love seeing them when I take it out to snap a photo. These are great gifts to those who were in the photo to be sent one or two – it’s vintage, compact, and something unique about me that I love to share with those I love.

  57. I think I need to add your Christmas Potpourri to my list. Sounds (and smells, I’m sure) delicious. In addition to that….
    1. Walk through the forest and find the perfect Christmas tree
    2. Make homemade Chex mix
    3. Make our traditional Spiced Tea (a family heirloom)
    And…on Christmas Eve make homemade eggnog

    Blessings for a glorious holiday season!

  58. Hi Teighan ! Quick question, should the pot pourri with fresh fruits be kept in the fridge before being gifted or by the person receiving the gift – or both ? Thanks a lot !

    1. HI! I would keep in the fridge, then gift and have then store in the fridge as well. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan ?

  59. I want to make gingerbread people, do up a gingerbread house with our 2 year old, get Santa photos done (I know, I know we’re almost missing the mall Santa), and I want to get my “mistletoes” canvases done as Christmas gifts to the girls grandparents ? that’s my bucket list!

  60. Hi Tiegen. Thank you for your very generous opportunity! My Bucket List item to complete is a family shopping day on December 15th. Myself, our three Daughters, and five Grandchildren ranging in age from 9- 16 have decided that we all have enough! So this year, in lieu of gifts to each other, each family is contributing a certain amount of money and we are doing a Toy Shopping Day together. Each Grandchild will shop for a child their own age, and all of the merchandise will be donated to a local organization in our Community who supports families in need. It’s going to be a great family day of giving and sharing time together and we are all looking forward to it. Thanks again. PS We already donate to St Jude’s and share your view of them as a wonderful organization to support.

    1. Hi Jackie! This is so amazing!! What a nice idea to teach your children to give on the holidays! I hope you have a great time shopping for all of the gifts! Thank you!

  61. I love this idea and plan to try it this year as gifts for friends. How large are the burlap bags you use?

    1. Mine are about 12 ounces bags. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan ?

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  63. So many things to do before Christmas: choosing the tree, decorating the house, baking Christmas cookies and making homemade gifts, being criative trying to reuse and have environmentally friendly gifts!

    1. I hope you have the best time doing all of those things, Isadora! I love the idea of using environmentally friendly gifts!

  64. Spending As much time with my Son outdoors ; going to Brookfield Zoo, Morton Arboreteum, Museums in Chicago here in The Midwest. Who just got home from serving 6 years in the United States Air Force.

  65. See the Christmas Story House (I am from Cleveland)
    Go on the holiday Christmas trolly tour of Cleveland lights
    Bake peppermint pudding cookies for my husband and friends

  66. The highest priority on my Christmas bucket list is to find a way to close the distance between my son on the opposite coast. He can’t make it home for the holiday this year so I working to pack up elements of our familiy’s traditions (tree cutting, decorating, special Christmas Eve activities), gifts that delight and deliver it with essence of me, my daughter and our dogs It’s a challenge but we are approaching it with love and laughter (also a family tradition!) The potpourri is a great idea!

  67. My goal this Christmas is to take rides
    to towns & take puctures of the city’ s
    Christmas Tree ? they have in their
    town square, park, or center. Can’t wait!!

  68. I am trying to be mindful and slow down and enjoy every single moment of this time of year with my family and friends. We are taking the kids to Disneyland in 10 days!! I love their little faces so much. I can’t wait.

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  70. 5 stars
    Yes, every year I have a Christmas wish list… Of things I want to DO, not receive. Similar to your list- baking, homemade gifts etc etc. Living in South Florida prevents the “cut down a real tree” theory, lol. Even though I’m no longer working, I never finish the list… Sometimes,I can’t even begin it. I spent a lot time caring for a loved one with cancer over the last few years (my best gift to self, ever) and this year, I spent much of the last month preparing for a double baby shower for my daughter and daughter-in-law… Only to have them both snowed in up in Georgia and unable to attend! And, my husband and I rented a moving truck to bring my daughter’s furniture up to her new home.
    So, my Christmas wish list??? Make it back to So Fla safely this weekend, make amends to the puppy we left behind with friends, put up the Nativity creche, get your potpourrie simmering , take a nap and pray for a blessed Christmas NEXT year with two new grandbabies!! AMEN.

    1. Hi Ann Marie! I hope you do make it safely to Southern Florida this weekend and have a great time getting ready for the holidays. Also, I really hope you can do some of the things you are wishing to do this Christmas! Oh and congrats on the grandbabies! That is SO exciting! Thank you & Merry Christmas!

  71. 5 stars
    What a delectable recipe! I’m just trying to decide exactly why I’m not drinking it…. so before Christmas, I am hoping to light my entrance path cheerily and sufficiently enough that my mother feels confident walking up it(!), seriously clean the plac we’ve just settled into and prepare some sweet gifts with my three teens to share with our friends. This potpourri, for some, and maybe some homemade jar votives, packed with peppermints or such for others. Enjoying considering the possibilities. Thank you so much for your creative contribution and encouragement to share joy and prosperity !

  72. I’m taking the time to really enjoy the decorating, wrapping, and baking that goes along with Christmas. I am inspired by beautiful blogs such as yours. I’m so happy to have found your site.

  73. 4 stars
    Great idea! Going to try this. I couldn’t find a link to the video though, which would be useful! Please could you share a link if it is still online?

    Thanks!

  74. 5 stars
    I made this last year and gave it as gifts. Everyone loved it, I am going to do it again this year. It is so pretty when its done and the smell is heavanly

  75. On my bucket list: Get everything done early so I can enjoy all the fun things with my family, like baking cookies, going to Christmas events and shows, putting the tree up early, decorating the house and having fun while doing it, rather than feeling stressed about the deadline of Christmas.

    1. Yes! That is a great idea! The holidays are all about being with family, so getting everything done in advance would allow you to do just that! Happy Thanksgiving!

  76. Before Christmas my goals are to bake some cinnamon ornaments for the tree, cut out/origami some snowflakes to hang around the house and make at least two cosy cocktails to enjoy with my hubby!!

  77. 5 stars
    On my pre christmas bucket list – Christmas cards! I know it takes time and is “old fashioned” but they are always appreciated and a way for me to stay in touch with family and friends across the country.

    1. I love that you still send Christmas cards! I used to love to see all the ones we got from other families! Thanks Brenda!

  78. This year I am having all my family (35 or so) to my rural Colorado home and i can’t wait. I am planning the menu and the schedule so that I can coast into the Christmas Event without breaking a sweat! So much to do, but I too love this time of year and with planning and a day by day schedule I can get everything done without too much stress.

    1. That sounds so great! I hope you have an amazing holiday and everything goes well! Let me know if you have any questions!

  79. oooh I am thinking of making this a classroom project for fourth graders! How fun for them to take home and have the smells in each and every house! Thanks so much for the instructions……a great idea!!!

    1. That sounds like such a great idea! And something I am sure their parents will enjoy! Let me know how it goes Cindy! Thanks!

  80. Thank you very much for this beautiful Staub pot! I am so grateful for being one of the chosen winners for this giveaway! I have never won a giveaway, so this is very exciting for me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart ❤️ Merry Christmas to you, your family and all of your wonderful readers! Xo

  81. Our week before Christmas is about people, not presents. We call “older friends” who are away, we share a meal with local friends, trying to spend special time with each one. It’s our special gift—-to ourselves also! As a native Memphiam, St. Jude has been our special charity for almost 51years! Merry Christmas!

  82. I’ve already baked all my cookies for family and friends. This year I am bringing back an old tradition for many years of breaking a couple of different types of bread for family. I stopped doing this about 10 years ago, because it seemed like live got too hectic this time of year. But, I miss the process of baking bread from scratch and people LOVE receiving homemade bread…so bread it will be for my Christmas Bucket List. Oh and of course, there are my homemade Christmas cards. I started those back in October. They mailed tomorrow!
    I follow you on pinterest and today I became a subscriber. I really like your blog.

  83. My Christmas bucket list obviously includes baking cookies — I bake my (and my best friend’s, boyfriend’s and dad’s…) favorite: spiced oatmeal and cranberry cookies. I’ll box these guys up before Christmas and send them to my dad and he’ll box up the Christmas cookies he made and send them to me. He lives in Pennsylvania and I live in Massachusetts so it lets us start celebrating a little early. We love the preparation leading up to Christmas and it doesn’t feel like the holidays without a little cookie swap across state lines.

  84. Happy Holidays!

    Here is my bucket list for the season…

    To finish knitting my Christmas gifts.
    See Star Wars with my son on Thursday.
    Bake Merry Cherry bars and macaroons.
    Decorate the tree. This year I knitted the ornaments!
    Go to the post office, stand in line, and hope I didn’t forget any addresses!
    Pray that the Yoda and Darth Vader gingerbread men look as good as they taste!
    Make an awesome Christmas dinner while sipping Tom and Jerry’s!
    Watch animated vintage Christmas cartoons with the family.

    HO HO HO!

  85. I love this post! I’m dying to try stovetop potpourri this year.

    My bucket list includes: giving to a local charity, picking out a real tree (but mini, tabletop size!) with my mum, listening to The Carpenters Christmas albums, and enjoying our local festival of lights (an amazing Christmassy neon light display along our riverfront).

  86. On my bucket list is to make a bunch of cookies and get out to ice skate and enjoy the season!
    I love St. Judea and what they do for children and their families. They are a charity I try to support throughout the entire year.

  87. My big bucket list hope is to get all 6 of my children and their families in my home at the same time to celebrate Christmas.

  88. Thank you – this totally inspired me to get a pot of potpourri simmering! And before Christmas…we have five young daughters who are anxiously waiting to go get a tiny Christmas tree from the woods for their bedroom. I remember doing the same as a little girl and loving. So it’s a must! Perhaps tomorrow.

  89. My bucket list: Complete Christmas cards and/or phone calls. Finish posting all packages and mail. Find a good iron skillet — this is where you come in [smiling]. (My big hearted son gave my “cheap” iron skillet to my grandson today.) And my happiest challenge is to find a dog (not a puppy) as a gift to myself for Christmas. Since all my family will be away, I plan to find him/her (the dog, not a romance) before Christmas. That way, he/she will have my full attention and I won’t have time to become a sourpuss.

  90. My bucket list items include: finishing up a few handmade gifts (I tried to make something for my friends this year instead of buying things), as well as making an epic gingerbread house!

  91. The most important item is to finish up my holiday crafts, making the annual ornament and a art project for a gift. Enjoy the holiday season!

  92. I have a lot to do in a little amount of time! Most importantly, i would like to make some baking memories with my daughter.

  93. On my to do list is to tell each of my family members and each of my friends that I love them and just how much they mean to me ? ? ? ?

  94. My bucket list Christmas to do item is to fulfill my 3 yr old’s request to make Fudgy Mint Cheesecake Squares. How could I say No?

  95. Ice fishing with the family with a bonfire on the lake. Gingerbread house building contest and Pirate Gift exchanged with friends!

  96. Oh my God!! These little bags are adorable!! Such a great gift idea. I was seriously breaking my head over what to give my kids’ school teachers. This is perfect!! Thank you for sharing. Staub is my absolute favorite, too, and I obviously want to win. I HAVE TO win!! Pleeeeeaseee!!! I don’t want that pot, I NEED it. All capitals “need”. My bucket list is longer than infinity. I want to get a logo for my blog, at least I’ve finally found a designer I super admire and hired, it’s now time to wait for the result, I want to host a Christmas dinner party for my mama girl friends, invited already, still have to plan the menu and cook, I want to craft them something with clay and print their names’ first letter on it so they can hang it on their Christmas tree, I want to wrap all the gifts from us and from Santa, gotta help that guy out a little, lol, I want to not forget my dentist appointment again and go to my rescheduled appointment, I want to deep clean my house, wash all the sheets…..I want, I want, I want the days to have 40 hours so all I want to do fits in a day, haha

  97. Oh goodness, I love the potpourri idea. The one thing I really really want to do before Christmas is make cookies with my kids. They are great ages this year and I know it would be so fun.

  98. The only thing on my list to do by Christmas is to tell each of my family members how grateful I am to have them in my life and to thank them for being themselves!

  99. i would love to do all of these before christmas is over:
    1 – take my kids to see santa
    2 – go ice skating
    3 – send letters to santa
    4 – make cookies for santa and reindeer food for the deer
    5 – make gingerbread houses
    6 – see all the christmas lights in town
    7 – go to austin’s trail of lights
    8 – see the zilker park tree again
    9 – listen to tons of christmas music
    10 – make lots of yummy food for the day of
    11 – drink spiked eggnog while wrapping all the presents with my husband

  100. I have a long list of baking projects to attack when I get to my parents house for Christmas, including peppermint marshmallows and gingerbread in as many different forms as possible!

  101. I usually don’t comment on stuff like this but I’ll give it a try. Before Christmas, I want, (and need to) finish shopping for Christmas dinner and finish buying presents for everyone. I also want to plan my trip to Oregon and Washington that I will be taking right after the holidays.

    I started following your recipes after I came across your crockpot ramen soup, which was awesome! Since then I feel like I usually make something from here every other week.

    A new pot would be awesome to have since 1) I just graduated from college and don’t have too many cooking supplies, and 2) the day you pick is actually my birthday!

  102. On my Christmas bucket-list: I want to bake and decorate gingerbread men, and also find some new Christmas ornaments for our tree this year!

  103. My “must do” before Christmas is to finish my first ever knitting project for a Christmas gift! Knitting is a new hobby for me, and I’m just getting good enough to feel comfortable gifting the projects 🙂 thank you for a chance to win!

  104. Christmas Bucket List: I love making my grandma’s fudge recipe and decorating the tree while listening to jazzy christmas music. I can’t remember a year when I haven’t done that (although of course when I was younger I made the fudge with my grandma, not on my own ha!). I love your blog, and I’m inspired by all that you’re doing. A new tradition may have to be making your salted pretzel chocolate chip cookie dough snickers bars… because honestly, those were amazing! Merry Christmas 🙂

  105. I have to watch the movie Elf. I’d also like to go see the tree down at Rockfeller Center in NYC, but that probably won’t happen until after Christmas!

  106. Oh, I have lots of things I want to do before Christmas! Some include: make homemade treats for gifts, book a honeymoon (!), and organize my recipes (right now they are shoved in a drawer). My husband and I cut down a Christmas tree from a farm this year, which was on my bucket list. So fun!

  107. My bucket list includes spending time as a family as my oldest is away at university and will be home soon. A ski trip as a family would be right up there as something I would love to do. Uninterupted time together in the great outdoors! Thank you for all of you’re inspiration and ideas. I have your sage crusted roast in the oven as I write this. So excited for dinner tonight!!

  108. Just discovered your blog – it’s delightful! On my bucket list for Christmas? Watch “Elf” with my daughter when she gets home from college, make almond roca for our friends and neighbors, and find this year’s ornaments for each family member!

  109. Love St Jude, I always write them a check on Christmas.. and they send me cutes address labels in return. I can’t believe the year is almost over, and still have so many items on my list to-do:
    1) Prepare baskets-gifts form my girlfriends ( I cam here looking for cookie mix of yours I can make)
    2) Go ice-skating on the square
    3) Get together with our friends and have a pre-Christmas party because most people want to be with families on Christmas day
    4) And make gingerbread cookies for Santa of course!!

  110. So many to count! But I absolutely have to watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, snuggle up with my 3yr old nephew and watch Muppet Christmas Carol and sit down with my family in front of the fire and have a great bourbon based cocktail.
    Wishing your family a Merry Christmas Tieghan!

  111. #1 item on my bucket list is to FINISH our 2014 SCRAPBOOK ALBUM. My 6-year old is soo looking forward to flipping and reminiscing…… Thanks for the giveaway! If time allows I’ll give the potpourri recipe a try!

  112. Oh lord my bucket list is huge! But here goes!

    Once December 18 is here I want to bake something every day…cookies, pies, fudge, cake…yes! I already have my family sending holiday requests.

    Go shopping with the family (one at time…more covert that way 😉 because it’s always entertaining and those are the memories that last!

    Watch holiday movies with my cousin until the wee hours in the morning drinking wine and cookies, and laughing about our ridiculous and A-mazing cousinisms (silly quotes/inside jokes…yes we made up a word for it…lol)!

    Walk, run, or move in general so I don’t end up looking like an oompa loompa. Cuz yes, I can stuff my face with delectable sweets like the best of them.

    READ. For some reason I’m in the mood for a sappy historical romance novel, especially if it’s set during the holidays or just winter. Wait…what?…no…yeah…I just said that.

    Help someone in need. My boyfriend and I always choose a child from the Angel Tree and buy presents for them. This year I’d like to do something a little extra. Not sure what yet. Serve food at a homeless shelter? Spend quality time at a nursing home? They all sound good to me.

    Dance with my man until my feet are sore on New Year’s Eve. Then watch the fireworks cuz I’m a girl that likes all things that sparkle and shimmer.

    And finally…the day after New Year’s hold my head up high and say the famous words of Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect, “Crushed it!”

  113. My bucket list is taking my annual christmas picture – we started the first year of dating and now is our first year married!

  114. 1) I love your posts. Your food is my spirit animal (sorry if that’s weird) and I love your photography. I graduated with a photo degree and just love your look! I want to eventually get into staging and possibly food photography and your stuff is seriously an inspiration!

    2) Bucket list=family recipe GUMDROP COOKIES. It’s a family recipe we only make at christmastime and they’re the best cookies ever (secret ingredient=lard).

  115. These photos are gorgeous! I would love to have this simmering on my stove top right now!
    My Christmas Bucket List:
    1. Finish shopping!
    2. Decorate gingerbread houses.
    3. Eat my mom’s cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning.

    Staub is amazing! Thanks for this chance to win 🙂

  116. At the top of my bucket list? Watch Christmas Vacation, Love Actually and Home Alone (maybe even a double-feature with Home Alone 2)…while eating ginger cookies and sipping from enormous mugs of pumpkin hot chocolate!

  117. My bucket list – (1) finish decorating all 5 Christmas cakes that I’ve been told I have to make this year.
    (2) get blogging again after having to abandon it for a few weeks due to school work
    (3) finish my university application while trying to plan Christmas Dinner

  118. Hi Tieghan! So my Christmas bucket list: host my friends for my annual (ha! can it be called annual if it’s only the second time I’ve done it? ) Christmas brunch, make All the Cookies, make some edible stocking stuffers, watch “Love Actually”, see the holiday train at the Botanical Gardens, and hopefully still snag a cheap flight so I can go home for Christmas! : )

  119. What a nice idea! I plan on making these to bring as a hostess gift for an upcoming Christmas party!

    The one thing I must do before Christmas is make pierogis with my grandmother for our Christmas Eve Wigilia dinner. My grandmother is 95 this year, so being able to make those delicious little potato and sauerkraut dumplings together is such a meaningful part of the holidays.

  120. I actually just want to take some time just to sit with my family in front of the fire, hug them all, and tell them how much I love them.

  121. I want to do all sorts of things before Christmas — most involve cooking copious amounts of cookies, candy and fudge for all my friends!

  122. Number one on my Christmas bucket list is to watch White Christmas. I haven’t gotten to it yet this year, but I watch it at least once every holiday season and if I don’t see it before December 25th then it’s just not Christmas.

  123. This Christmas I am going to keep playing secret Santa as long as I can! At the office, in my neighborhood, and with my family and friends!

  124. Oh MY GOSH!!! This is amazing! I want to Make this definitely before christmas! Also this is first on my Christmas Bucket List! Go Ice skating downtown!

  125. Love your blog! I’m looking forward to trying your rib-roast for Christmas-eve dinner.

    My Christmas bucket list includes baking and making gingerbread house with my girls. We skipped last year because we went out of town for Christmas, and my daughter’s been talking about how much she enjoys the tradition.

  126. Your potpourri sounds Heavenly! And, what a fun and creative gift to give. I’ve gotta add those to my list of giving this year!
    My bucket list is to try a new biscotti recipe. For the last few years I’ve been stuck on cranberry, pistachio, and white chocolate. Totally speaks Christmas, right?!? Well, I’ve got my eye on a gingerbread and almond biscotti. Or maybe fig and Greek yogurt….hmmm.
    I’ve never heard of Staub but sure would love and appreciate a new pan for cooking. 🙂

  127. Tieghan your pictures are amazing! I love the light you capture and the coloring that is unique to your shots. You are definitely gifted with a special talent and I’m so glad you found a wonderful outlet for a lot of people to enjoy your blog and cookbook. I have a group of elderly friends that I always make a special point to visit this month. I like to bring flowers or a baked goody. I just made an English Pudding Cake to take to my friend Neva who is 91 tomorrow. A dear lady with a vibrant spirit. Take care and Merry Christmas to you and your clan!

  128. Beautiful post! Before christmas I would love to wake up early some weekend and make a big batch of lemon pancakes for my family, and then sit together for a long lazy breakfast.

  129. First on my Christmas bucket list is finding 365 ways to thank my husband for the care he took of me all this past year while I (and he) was enduring unspeakable back pain, surgery, infections, infusions, more pain, and almost complete disability–now over, thank God!! I know cookies will go a long way toward the goal, as will lobster thermidor on Christmas Day. But I’m short about 300.

    Second on the list is getting the three refugee families I work with into decent housing. One of whom is Syrian–and in Georgia, under attack for existing.

    Third is helping the Global Village Project–a school for refugee girls that I helped start six years ago–meet its fundraising goals.

    Also, I hope for inspiration or determination or SOMETHING to help me cull out some of my 500 cookbooks.

  130. I love this time of year. I’m looking forward to being done with classes for the quarter so I can go home, spend time with my family, and bake as much as I want! On my bucket list this year:
    Go ice skating
    Bake and decorate Christmas cookies
    Try new recipes
    Listen to lots of Christmas music
    Make Christmas sangria for my best friend’s 21st birthday on Christmas eve 🙂

  131. My roommates and I have a funtivities bucket list this Christmas: the tree at the capitol, mulled wine, sleigh ride, decorate gingerbread houses, and bake cookies!

  132. What an awesome giveaway! I definitely want to make some cookies, and I must get a pair of socks finished for a Christmas present.

  133. Just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and I love your ideas and commentary! This potpourri is on my bucket list – I bought all the ingredients, now just have to make time to put it together. My bucket list for before Christmas is to make your Christmas Sangria for a friend’s cocktail party this weekend; a mini Chanukah celebration with my daughter who comes home from California Friday; 2 dozen cookies for a cookie swap; sweet breads and cookies for some old friends and office,
    and most importantly, prep for our family Christmas celebration which we will do on December 18th – the only night we can get all 3 grown kids in one place!

  134. What I have to do before Christmas is get funds together to make my 92 year young mom her favorite Cuban meal. For myself, I would like to put up my tree on time and go Caroling.
    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday season with friends and loved ones! 🙂

  135. I came across your beautiful blog on Pinterest and I am so glad that I did! I can’t wait to make the potpourri for myself and to give as gifts this year. On my bucket list, I want to do so much, but feel like there isn’t enough time to do it all. The things I am going to be sure to do, is put my 2nd tree up that we do every year and my 14 yr old daughter and I bake all different yummy Christmas cookies as we blast Christmas music and dance around the kitchen, so much fun! This is my favorite time of year and you have such great ideas to make the holiday even more special, so I thank you for taking the time and doing that! Happy Holidays to everyone!!

  136. My Christmas Bucket list. I usually always make cookies, last year I made a few cheesecakes but I want to return to cookies this year for Christmas (and maybe do a cheesecake for New Year’s). Snickerdoodles are my favourite and must always be done and I want to make soft chewy oatmeal cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. Just loads of cookies. We have a Christmas cookie jar to put them in. Oh I also need to decorate/label the stockings, we bought some cheap ones from the wholesale store and need to put our names on them, and the cat’s, she got a stocking too :D. I also need to mail out Christmas cards and I think the deadline is the 10th if I want them to reach by Christmas :o. So I’ll be get cracking on those tonight.

  137. Absolute must do before Christmas: finally use the cookie press I got for Christmas last year! There’s no excuse at this point but my unfailing ability to say “eh, I’ll just roll them into balls and drop them on the baking sheet.”

  138. Every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we go into New York City and stroll down 5 th Avenue to see the holiday windows, have lunch at a small bistro and shop the Christmas markets in Bryant Park and Grand Central station. Since it is the season of giving, we give to all our favorite charities, so they may continue their good work.
    There are the holiday stalewarts: baking Christmas cookies while watching old holiday movies, eggnog French toast and mimosas Christmas morning, and an orange in every stocking. There’s more, of course, yet these are what come to mind. May your bucket list bring you as much joy as mine.

  139. That looks wonderful!!! I also love the smell of the holidays! The one thing my husband and I always do before Christmas is find an animal shelter that needs assistance and volunteer our time and donate gifts for the animals.

  140. Oh my goodness, I can hardly wait to be done with classes and exams next week so that I can boil up some of this amazing potpourri and start decorating my house.

    On the bucket list before Christmas is DEFINITELY making a lot recipes that I have not had time for over the past few months. Also an entire day of reading. Making treats for people that are otherwise impossible to buy for. And I have got to organize the house a bunch before getting a tree, to which I am REALLY looking forward. 🙂

  141. I have a long list, but I already got to check off going to a Christmas concert. I need to bake several dozen cookies for the local food bank, finish sending cards, make and give gifts to friends and family. I also have a ton of cooking and baking coming up 🙂

  142. Sounds intriguing! I would like to bake some cookies, and finish a couple of theology books before Christmas Day arrives. 🙂

  143. On my bucket list… Celebrate the end of the semester with a Christmas cocktail, bake and eat all of the Christmas cookies, and cuddle up to watch Christmas movies!

  144. I love decorating the tree and baking Christmas cookies. It just isn’t Christmas time until I do that!

  145. I love your post, I love your blog. So much inspiration!!
    My bucket list this year is a little different than in the past. We have a young family and are trying to SLOW DOWN around the Holiday season. We want to help our kids pack up some tasty food and treats to bring to our local food pantry, we will bake cookies for our police and fire fighters, we will make small gifts for our family, friends, and teachers. We are incredibly lucky and its time to reflect on that and help others.

  146. On my bucket list this year is to bake more cookies than last year. I’m hoping to get enough baked to make pretty trays to give to coworkers.

  147. Christmas must-do: My husband and I started making gingerbread houses with his nieces the year we started dating; we’ve made regular gingerbread houses, a princess gingerbread castle one year and gingerbread Santa’s sleighs last year! This will be our sixth year decorating with them, hopefully it will be a tradition we can continue when we have our own kids eventually! 🙂

  148. On my Christmas bucket list…COOKIES! The girls in my family get together right after Thanksgiving for Christmas candy making so now it is on to cookies! And shopping, so much shopping. Some year I will get ahead of the game.

  149. I really need to shampoo my carpets before my family comes over. I also, really wanted to make homemade candles this year for all the holiday gift baskets as well as bake all my holiday cookies for gifting. Yeay!

  150. I was thinking about making something like this for the girls I work with! We do little Christmas gifts for each other every year. 🙂 My Christmas bucket list is watching a ton of Christmas movies and baking my heart out!

  151. I am soo excited to bake Christmas cookies! My grandma, dad, and I always dedicate a day to cookie baking, and it’s stressful, chaotic, and so much fun. 🙂

  152. love everything about this post. the photos, the potpourri recipe, the awareness you are raising! there isn’t too much on my christmas bucket list as of now! my shopping is nearly finished, our tree is up and decorated….i guess what i really want to do is stay present/in the moment this season! it’s my first christmas as a mama and i really just wanna soak it all up. and watch elf, which is always a must. (but that doesn’t sound as cool hahaha). as a side note, i was JUST telling someone this past weekend that i wanted to make stovetop potpourri. this is the prettiest/best looking one i’ve seen. i’m definitely going to try it out, thanks so much 🙂

  153. I need to bake lots of christmas cookies and a bunch of goodies for friends and family before christmas! There’s nothing better than filling up the apartment or house with the smell of christmas. I also need to cut down a christmas tree when I come home from college and decorate it. I can’t wait to see the snow in VT and wake up to make homemade cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip pancakes.

    Im currently in Patho class dreaming about christmas recipes and looking through your recipes! Oops!

    Thank you for the chance to win the Staub!

  154. Get everything together for the Luminaries. I live on a corner so I like to go down both streets. I also do some for my Mom and Sister. Something we have been doing in our
    neighborhood for over 40 yrs. Weather permitting, it looks so good on Christmas Eve from a hill overlooking our neighborhood!

  155. My “must-do’s” before Christmas are the following:

    1. Send my sweet grandma pictures from my wedding as she wasn’t able to attend. 🙁
    2. Make my dear husband’s Christmas stocking!
    3. Watch “The Muppet Christmas Carol” on Christmas Eve!

    I’m kind of a newbie to your blog. You are truly an artist with food. 🙂

  156. Lots to do on my bucket list! Still need to get the tree, make Christmas cookies, and finish all the Christmas knitting!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love Staub cookware!

  157. My must-do before Christmas is relatively simple: set aside time for a special Christmas celebration with my wife and daughter. I don’t have a lot in the way of “Christmas traditions” (gingerbread house, decorating the house, etc.) – and the only one I do have (decorating the tree) is already done. So all that’s left is to make sure that we carve out time to enjoy it.

  158. I am just so happy to get to spend my Christmas with all of my family this year! My niece was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier in the year, and we are all so happy to have St Jude’s in our lives, because not only did she get the best care in the world, my sister and brother have not been overly burdened with the costs associated. So, for Christmas this year, I will be making some of your recipes, and just hugging their necks til they tell me to stop! 🙂

  159. My bucket list is full. I need to get the tree, decorate it, send out my cards, bake my sugar cookies, purchase gifts and wrap them and now I must make potpourri to give away. Merry Christmas

  160. That is such a beautiful potpourri; I may have to try making some this year.
    It has been a tough year for my family so my bucket list for this holiday is to make it as happy and fun as possible. I want to create great Christmas memories. Their smiles are the ultimate goal.

  161. Favorite time of the year! So excited!! My list includes baking lots and lots of cookies, put them in nice tin boxes and share with friends and family. I always make too many, but I just can’t help myself. I love trying new recipes and people around me also love their classics, so in order to please everyone, no choice but to make many different kinds!!!!!! So very long list of cookies, but I also can’t go without truffles, fruitcakes, panettone, spiced mixed nuts, ohhhhh, I better stop here and get to it if I want to be ready for Christmas!!

  162. ahhh, homemade potpourri! What a great idea! I can’t wait to try this!

    My bucket list of things I want to do before Christmas:
    01. Make Christmas cookies with my dad. (we do it every year)
    02. Have friends over to watch Christmas movies and drink warm, homemade hot coco.
    03. Go snowboarding with my husband (our favorite thing to do!)
    04. Learn a new baking recipe to make/bring to our family Christmas Eve gathering. 🙂

  163. I’ve already baked cookies, decorated the apartment, watched all the Christmas movies, sent out a Christmas card, planned a Christmas party and bought Christmas records.

    It’s my first Christmas living with my boyfriend, so I’m just looking forward to a cozy night in exchanging presents, cooking something cozy and feeling loved.

  164. I am a 68 year old retiree who has, for the past four years, been housesitting for a hugh school teacher of embassy personnel dependents in Warsaw, Poland. The house is in the Peruvian Amazon (high) jungle in a small rural farming village. The teacher will move back into her home on 1 January.

    On Christmas eve I am boarding a plane in Lima, Peru to Northern California for an extended visit with my daughter and her family.

    On my bucket list are:
    – Try to assemble meals from what is left in the freezer, the pantry, and visits to the local market for fresh produce. Note: Cranberries hard to find in the Amazon so am unable to use Tieghan’s great holiday suggestions.
    – Complete the list of maintenace issues in the Amazonian house. Pack mup all my tools.
    – Purchase enough meds (diabetes and heart condition) to last six months in the US. They cost me about $110 per month here un Peru. Cost for same in US when I left four years ago was well over $1,800 per month.
    – Finish packing all my earthly possessions in crates and boxes and hauling them to a rented room (most secure I can find in this little village).
    – Divide what I am taking to the states into 2 suitcases (each less than 50 pounds) and 1 pack. The 2 suitcases contain sweaters and winter clothing for northern California and my kitchen knives (couldn’t travel without them – allowed in checked baggage.) The pack has clothing for the Amazon (80 to 90 degrees F) and for a week in the Andes.
    – Board a bus to cross the Andes (high point on the road is 15,700 feet – higher than any mountain peak in the continguous US)
    – Travel to Cuzco, Peru, acting as guide to a friend on her first trip to Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
    – Return to Lima to Christmas shop for my two California grandchildren and for flight to US.
    – Finish reservations for travel and lodging for me and my son from Alaska who is flying down to meet me in San Francisco on the 27th.
    – Complete the San Francisco itinerary (with addresses and maps) scheduling visits to Chez Panisse (meet David Tanis and Alice Waters), Boudin and Tartine bakeries (yes, I remember, I am diabetic), Christmas dinner of French Onion Soup Gratinée at Absinthe Brasserie, and visits to as many farmers’ markets as possible.
    – Remember to relax; this is retirement.

  165. Love your posts. Just watched your roast video. Great! I have so much left to do. Get a tree and decorate. Wrap presents as they come in. Bake gingerbread cookies and decorate. Play Christmas music. Buy last minute gifts with husband. So much fun!

  166. I am feeling so incredibly behind this year! Here’s my to-do list:

    {send out holiday cards}
    {finish gift shopping}
    {make my Pinterest inspired snow globes}
    {bake a few Christmas cookies}

    And now, thanks to you 🙂
    {put together holiday potpourri bags}

    I just love putting together gift baskets for the people in my life and these little potpourri bags will be a lovely addition, thank you!

  167. I need to make Christmas cookies! I also think I am going to make your potpurri for gifts. It’s a great gift idea!! I also need to get the tree decorated, asap!!!

  168. Before we travel across the country for Christmas, my husband and I like to have a little “at home” Christmas of our own, with a day of slow breakfast and coffee, Christmas movies, and a walk through town to see all the Christmas lights! Of course, there’s also a lot of baking to be done on my Christmas list!

  169. Family and friends always look forward to the different nut mixes and candy treats that I make for them each year! It’s a must do!

  170. My Christmas must-do is to go on a Christmas lights scavenger hunt. The boyfriend and I will bundle up, grab some cocoa, and then go hunting for the best Christmas lights in the neighborhood. I love all the twinkly lights!

  171. I love home made gifts like this! My holiday bucket list:
    -Take my 1 year old to see Santa (done!)
    -Take my 1 year old to a trail of lights (not done, hopefully this weekend!)
    -make gingerbread spiced peanut butter for neighbors – done!

    Those pots look amazing!

  172. Bucket List — Try not to wait til last minute to buy Christmas presents. Hopefully get them wrapped and under the tree in time for Santa!

  173. Spending lots of time with the family playing games and making homemade cooking gifts for the extended family.

  174. Pre-Christmas Bucket List:

    Oh man, so many things, so little time!

    -I still have yet to make any gingerbread goodness, which is borderline unacceptable, so top of my list: make ALL the gingerbread confections!
    -Secondly, (not really something I have any power over, but…) the skies have yet to open up and blanket us with a lovely layer of snow in New Hampshire. I am having minor panic attacks that this may not happen before Christmas. So second on my list, frolic through snow, even if I have to hike up a mountain to find it.
    -Tree cutting! I’m envisioning finding the perfect tree whilst wrapped in cozy scarves and mittens, followed immediately by steaming mugs of mulled cider toddies. Then decorating the tree between bites of above mentioned gingerbread goodness.
    -Christmas shopping… *winces looking at calendar* yes, this still needs to happen.
    -Christmas movie night. Amid more toddies and gingerbread goodness. Snuggled in cozy flannel and warm blankets. Wood-stove fire warming the body and soul.
    -Finish homemade Christmas presents. So much sewing. So much baking. So much crafting. By Christmas I will be a Cousin It creature covered in stray threads and paper scraps, powdered with flour, and sticking to everything with my gluey fingers.

    The list could go on and on, but I’d better stop myself somewhere.

  175. I would LOVE to win one of those gorgeous pots! This year our advent calendar is 24 days of dates! It’s been so much fun already and a great way to connect with my husband during this usually hectic season.

  176. My bucket list…..when my boys and their girlfriends come home for Christmas, I want them to open the door, see and smell the memories they grew up with. A beautiful tree, twinkling lights everywhere, cookies and sweets ready to be snacked on, lots of hugs ( and probably a few happy tears from mom!).

  177. I have bookmarked so, so, so many recipes that I want to make for the holidays that at this point, I would be happy to make 3 of them. I’m excited to make some home-made gifts to give. Happy Holidays!

  178. I am going to make tons of loaves of sourdough bread and baguettes for all my friends and family. That’s my newest kick!!

  179. Nothing too fancy…I basically want to have time to finish my shopping which never seems done and I would love love love to find time to make holiday cookies for friends and family!

  180. Bucket list for pre-Christmas
    1-clean house (I have started on that!)
    2-decorate house (started that too!)
    3-pack and decorate gift jars of sugar cookies, brownies, cocoa drink for giveaway!
    4-finish Christmas shopping and handmade items (quilts, paintings, and food)
    5-wrap gifts and ship gifts that need to be shipped
    6-get Christmas cards signed sealed and delivered
    7-sit down, put my feet up and watch POLAR EXPRESS with a cup of hot cocoa and my hubby and my doggie! Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!

  181. I still have to make cookies, mail cards and make gift baskets. I volunteer to serve meals on Christmas day at a Senior Center and take a few gift baskets along.

  182. Can’t wait for my son to get here (NC) from college in Ohio. We recently moved here and my son doesn’t feel like NC is “home”. So I suppose my big must do for the holidays are all the things that remind him of “home for Christmas”. Decorating and shopping are done, so now it is time to plan some outings and cook some of his favorite meals. He would love your Standing Rib roast so I am going to make it!

  183. I absolutely love potpourri. I am always on the the lookout for great smelling candles and potpourri for the house, especially at Christmas. I will definitely be making some this year. I love your website and appreciate your recipes! I also love to cook and bake and collecting awesome cookware has become an obsession. I absolutely adore cast iron enamel cookware! My son and I love to cook together and we make Sunday dinners together and those memories I will always cherish. I am in the process of making Christmas cookies to share with my friends and family. It is so nice to have them ask me if I’m making cookies this year! I love pinterest and i am always looking for interesting recipes that I can try. I don’t like making the same recipes all the time! I have found some great recipes from other countries such as Hungary, France, and especially Italy. So I need to get busy baking. Not to mention I need to finish my Christmas shopping! Anyway, I would love to receive the Staub enamel pot and make more cherished memories with my son and share our creations with our family! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you

  184. Before Christmas, I would just like a day of peace. No running around, no working, just peace. Cooking grants me peace, so that’s allowed, but nothing else, just peace.

  185. I’m always baking this time of year, so that goes without saying. What I really want to do is set up my grandmother’s Christmas village. She’s 88, so we stopped setting it up years ago because it’s a lot of work to take down and she can’t do it alone. The Christmas village is one of my best childhood memories, though, and is worth the effort for the wonder and magic it brings to Christmas. My sisters and older cousins all remember it fondly, but the little ones never got to experience it.
    Well, I’ve convinced myself- the village needs to go up this year!

  186. My bucket list is full of homemade gifts, including my homemade Chai mix, cocoa with a kick, lotion bars and holiday snow globes – most of which I’ll be doing with my 7 year old son:)

  187. Well, shopping for a Christmas tree was first on my list.. but I can cross that off already, since my husband and I got one yesterday! Yay!

    Next is: decorate tree, cover our home and garden with little lights, make hot cocoa with real chocolate, cook the most delicious veggie recipes, make natural wreaths, style a festive table for 2, cocoon and binge our way through the holidays and most of all: ENJOY the most wonderful time together 🙂 (I’m a sucker for Christmas ;))

  188. On my Christmas to-do list this year:
    Try some new Christmas cookie recipes, pick out a REAL tree for the first time, find gifts for loved ones that give more (like products that donate part of cost to St. Jude), sip hot cocoa by the fire & watch the grinch

  189. Been thinking about making a potpourri in a pot for some time now, so I guess this is one of the things on my bucket list. We currently live in Dubai, so we are flying back to Europe at the end of the month, and before that I need to buy a lot of spices, dates and other dried fruits and nuts for presents. Then at home, I want to make some nice DIY presents (probably engraved wooden cutting boards) and then just enjoy myself. It will be nice to see all my family and friends again, so I really want to make the best of it.
    We have a nice charity going on in Slovenia – become a Santa for a day, where you buy a big shoe box of little presents for the children in need. This year we will miss the deadline, so instead of doing this, we were thinking of visiting an animal shelter and help with dogs and buy some food and blankets for them.
    Tieghan, I wish you and your family happy holidays, lots of mesmerising moments together and of course lots of new readers! Marry Christmas!
    love, Anja

  190. So much on my Christmas bucket list! Lots of homemade goodies to make and bake, but #1 on my list is fancy decorated iced cookies….and maybe letting my two boys help decorate a few :). I’m usually a little bit controlling of my kitchen space ahehe, but I think they’re almost the age where they could have fun with some rolling, cookie-cutting, and (ok course) licking of utensils! St. Jude’s is one of the charities I donate to throughout the year. When my first little guy was born he needed lots of surgeries throughout his first year of life. Even though we didn’t use St. Jude’s, it just made me realize how completely devastating it would be to lose a young child to disease or other medical condition due to lack of funds OR lack of medical progress. They do amazing work there and truly change lives!!

    And I just have to say how much I LOVE your blog. I think I’ve been following for over two years, and rutinely have multiple requests for your recipes that I make. Thank you so much for sharing your life and and your kitchen!

  191. I really love this idea for the staff at my children’s Montessori school, so I will do that and I love making home made marshmallows and sharing with our neighbors for Christmas.

  192. The top of my Christmas bucket list is sending Christmas presents. All of my family lives in other states. Shipping is SO hard to do around the holidays. Often, they get presents in February. 😉

    I love your idea of adding in a sprig of pine! I’ve never thought of doing that! I make a similar potpourri every year. A pot goes on the stove the second it turns November. Love it!

  193. We just picked out our Christmas tree and brought it home. I always have to look at a bunch of them and my family makes fun of me for trying to find the perfect tree. The kids picked out a Charlie Brown tree (muddy and a bit flattened) to fix up for themselves. Lots of baking and a marathon gift wrapping session will be coming up soon. I just have to make sure that when I have helpers I don’t let them see or wrap any presents that are for them by accident. I enjoy my Henckel and Zwilling knives and am sure that I would like the Staub pan.

  194. Before Christmas gets here I want to relax! This time of year is so hectic that sometimes I forget to just breathe, and then I get super stressed out. So this year, I’m putting “relax” on my bucket list.

  195. Such a great, festive, pretty useful gift! My bucketlist consists of going to NYC to visit my brother and finish Christmas shopping, and baking all of the cookies, cutout butter cookies most importantly of all. Thanks!

  196. There is a Christmas Market every year in my city and it’s tradition for my boyfriend and I to go and get some hot mulled wine. Last year it was really cold and so far the weather has been milder, so we’ll get to spend more time there 🙂 I hope everyone has had a chance to try mulled wine, it’s so good.

  197. On my bucket list: A little “me time”….relaxing with a glass of wine and getting “lost” in the white twinkling lights on the Christmas tree….taking a moment to be thankful for all the blessings in my life.

  198. Making candied nuts for gifting to coworkers !
    Putting up the lights too (wish I’d done this already but we’re behind!)

  199. My baking ingredients are being packed in my suitcase so we can make some family favourites together in New Zealand. The very best part will being together but there are so many memories in the traditional Christmas specialties. Love baked in every bite!!!!!

  200. Uh, I can’t decide…ideally, I’d like to get my driver’s license before Christmas, but a more realistic to-do goal would be writing a bunch of overdue thank-you notes I have. I’d love it if I could do both!

  201. On my “to do” list for Christmas is to finish decorating the tree – did a good clean out of all my old ornaments and this year wanted to rebuild my collection with more sophisticated and timeless pieces

  202. This post is the epitome of Christmas cheer, I love your photos and homemade potpourri is such a nice gift! St. Jude’s is such an incredible organization and giving back is the best feeling…I just gave to World Vision on behalf of a child we’re sponsoring. Ok, Christmas bucket list: watch The Holiday, make peppermint marshmallows, and definitely make this potpourri! 🙂

  203. Those pots are beautiful and I love your potpourri recipe! I’m hoping to make and decorate sugar cookies with my two year old son before Christmas. My mom did it with me and my siblings every year and I can’t wait to carry on the tradition with my babe.

  204. Potpourri looks amazing! On my Christmas bucket list are making and decorating Christmas sugar cookies with my family and donating a couple toys to families in need!

  205. I have plans to make some homemade food gifts, like an organic trail mix, biscotti and your recipe for nutella. I will be searching the woods for natural sources for some Christmas decorations. One day for baking cookies and watching the a few Christmas movies. I plan on giving to St Jude as they are one of the charities where their revenue goes directly to the children and their families. My children and I have to drop off a large Santa bag of much needed items to a local dog rescue group. Also, I will going to as many Christmas lighting events as possible, as one can not see too many Christmas lights!

  206. My bucket list for Christmas is to bake everything everyday and watch all the Christmas movies. And to find my Christmas CD I made 9 years ago that I listen to every season! (you would never guess that I’m actually Jewish 🙂 )

  207. Before Christmas my family and I need to watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” and set aside a Saturday or Sunday to bake as many cookies as we can!

  208. This is absolutely gorgeous! And such a perfect gift. I love the mentioning of St. Jude’s. That’s a charity that we always donate to 🙂 Christmas is definitely a perfect time to give. Now I’m off to gather items to make this wonderful potpourri!

  209. Baking gobs of Christmas cookies is on my bucket list before Christmas. This potpurri looks pretty darn good too.

  210. I got a kitchen torch as an early christmas gift so it’s on my bucket list to make creme brulee for the first time. I’m super excited about it!! I love what you’re doing with St. Jude. My family has always tried to give more around this time of year as well. A blogger friend and I are teaming up and sponsoring a family for the holidays. I’m really excited to have an excuse to go to Toys R Us 😀

  211. This is a great gift idea! I’m looking forward to making Christmas cookies with my mother in law for my coworkers. It’s a new tradition in our family.

  212. My father-in-law can no longer cook/bake. No one else in the large family really cooks too much except me! So I am going to attempt to make him cookies from his youth- a norwegian sandbakkle. Hopefully they turn out for him!

    I love your recipe idea – although I don’t think I could use a vanilla bean in potpourri – just too valuable to use to eat if I had one. Haha!

  213. Apart from the usual – buy a real tree, gift shopping, (not making anything handmade this year) except for photos that I have to frame. I really want to bake some new cookies that I have never tried before. I have already made three different kinds of shortbread, but want to try something new. Oh and the potpourri looks heavenly so might have to give that a try too. Thanks!

  214. Thank you for sharing! Our family’s Christmas bucket list include pictures with Santa for our baby and preschooler, baking lots of cookies, ordering Chinese takeout on Christmas Eve (it’s our tradition), and hand wrapping and decorating presents for our family and friends.

  215. This is when you wish your phone or computer screen was scratch and sniff!! On my Christmas bucket list is to create a bird tree with my son. We started the tradition two years ago. We string popcorn, cranberries and oranges for garland around the tree and make ornaments with bird seed, gelatin and peanut butter. My four year old loves watching the birds from the window enjoy their treats. It’s Christmas for the birds!

  216. I love all f your recipes and ideas! I also love the idea of a holiday bucket list. On my bucket list this is year is to come up with an epic holiday feast menu for Christmas and spend some more time at my local food bank educating people in the community about the importance of healthy whole foods!

  217. This year the only “bucket list” item I have is to truly enjoy the season- no stressing over silly things. This is the first time in 6 years we are staying home- not traveling- and allowing our children to have a relaxing Christmas Day!

  218. I want to crochet a garland to decorate my new apartment! I’m thinking I might make snowflakes with some festive white yarn flecked with silver.

  219. The thing I have to do before Christmas involves the whole family. We put together care packages for the local homeless & then we go to the food bank to help create food boxes for the community. Finally we bake cookies to give to our friends & neighbors

  220. Before Christmas we must take our son to a “snowfall” because there is no snow in our part of Arizona, but olaces bring in snow machines and loads of snow so kids can experience it 🙂

  221. Bucket list: organize some visits with friends I don’t see very often, and prepare some treats for them based on the food-memories we’ve made together!

  222. Homemade vanilla extract and challah bread are on top of my bucket list for this Christmas. I’ve recently tackled vanilla extract and can’t wait give it out as gifts to friends and family. Need to get working on some challah bread ASAP. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  223. For my Christmas bucket list, I NEED to make your butter beer hot chocolate again! I made it for Halloween and marathoned Harry Potter movies. I must do this again, Christmas style. I also can’t wait to make this potpourri! 🙂

  224. On my Christmas to do list is family pictures. I am planning it as a gift for family so I better get them done soon!

  225. My personal tradition is to watch ALL of the Harry Potter movies while making Christmas gifts for my friends/family. My usual, which is what I’m making this year is homemade cocoa mix packed in jars with homemade marshmallows. I always associate Christmas with Harry Potter since that was usually when the movies came out and I’d go see them with friends when I was on break from High School or College.

  226. Taking my kids to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square PA to see the MOST AMAZING Christmas lights! Always on my Christmas bucket list. And I have already donated to St. Jude’s. One of my favorite organizations 🙂

  227. Number one on my bucket list is to see tg3 Christmas lights! We have a neighborhood that does an incredible job of lighting up their homes with lights and I look forward to it every year, especially now that I have a baby to share it with!

  228. Great gift idea!

    On my christmas MUST DO list is: making christmas cookies with my mom and watching It’s A Wonderful Life 🙂

  229. There’s always too much on my list this time of year…but I always knit or crochet my hubby and sons something each Christmas!! Love the “smells” too. Great recipe. And I’ve been donating to St. Jude’s for years now. Thanks for the chance to win…Merry Christmas!

  230. On my bucket list this Christmas is to try & make my own cranberry sauce (check! Done! Delicious!), find a new cookie recipe for Santa, & make this Christmas everything my little one wanted that’s filled with memories ?

  231. This is such a great idea! Love Christmas, candles, and cozy smelling things 🙂
    St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital is an incredible place and it’s amazing to inspire others to give back. One thing I absolutely have to do every year before Christmas is go to the Christkindlmarkt, which is a German Christmas market in Chicago. It’s a really incredible place. They have food vendors, little shops, ornament shops, from all over the world. Definitely a must if you ever come to Chicago around Christmas <3

  232. Going ice skating and volunteering at our local Christmas for Children gift drive are on my Xmas bucket list! Thanks for the lovely giveaway & happy holidays!
    xoxo

  233. This looks like it smells wonderful! I can’t wait to try it out, I love Holiday scents!

    On my Christmas to-do list is to bake several new types of cookies for my grandparents! My sister and I always put together gift baskets of baked goods for them every year.

  234. My must do on the bucket list this year is figure out a way to get my kids’ gingerbread houses to stay together for more than a few hours! Ha! It’s so sad to see the roof cave!

  235. What I love and is always on my bucket list is to bake for people that don’t normally bake or cook. My reward every year is the smile on their faces when I drop off a plate of cookies, bread, homemade fudge….etc…to my neighbors and friends. I love to give! It’s just in me I guess. Like St. Judes and United way, every year, just knowing you’re helping is the best feeling! Oh I am making your roasted chicken tonight! Merry Christmas!

  236. My Christmas Bucket List — get something for a less fortunate person from our community tree, find good book recommendations for friends and family, make a crap ton of cookies to share and gift away (including mug sized gingerbread houses!), play lots of games and hang with the people in my life 🙂

  237. My bucket list has always included making tons of cookies and a couple of candies. My children have several favorites and would not think it was Christmas without them.

    St. Jude is one of the charities we always support at Christmas.

  238. I’ve had my Christmas bucket list planned since October!!!! First, I want my family to make the trip to Downtown Cleveland to go see all the Christmas decorations at Tower City. We used to do it every year when I was younger, and I just really miss it!!! Second, make cutout christmas cookies with the fun gel icing (another thing I did as a kid). I also want to try and do yoga everyday, and bake and cook as much as I can before I go back to school

  239. Thank you for such a fun adventure in finding your blog this past fall.
    I have never used Staub before…that could be something on my bucket list …but not necessarily before Christmas.
    My bucket list is to prepare our home for the return of our 2 oldest from college with warm holiday memories and enjoy the time together, in the moment. Laughing and music and food will be front and center. Before long, they will be out and about with their own families and traditions…I plan to savor my time and not sweat the small stuff as best I can.
    Thanks again for sharing!
    -Heather

  240. A lovely recipe and call to action. St. Jude’s is such a blessing for so many families! On our before-Christmas bucket list is making candleholders to send to our loved ones as gifts, since we won’t make it home for the holidays this year.

  241. Make Christmas cookies with my mom, sister, and grandma! It’s one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Also my husband and I still need to get our Christmas tree. Maybe tonight!

  242. I think that’s so awesome that you’re donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. That’s really such an awesome way to give back.

    My New Year’s resolution is to start fostering dogs that they don’t have room for at the local animal shelter. So my goal for December is to take the volunteer course that I need to take before I can become a foster. Just like kids with cancer, dogs can’t really do anything for themselves, so this will be my way of giving back throughout the rest of the year 🙂

  243. This year on my bucket list is to start a tradition of baking goodies with my toddler. She’s been showing an a interest in the kitchen; always reaching for her stool so she can get a better look. Plus I figure since I come from an extremely small family I should probably make a BIG deal out of the holidays- so Christmas treats shall commence!

  244. What’s on my bucket list? Too any things. But one is really important: to see my family again after a very long time.

  245. Lots to do yet, finding a live tree, Christmas cards, baking and decorating. Presents are just about done, so doing well on that front at least!

  246. I really want to make a bunch of DIY gifts for my friends and family, as well as give back to my family’s closest supporters by making them a bunch of homemade Christmas treats and breads ?

  247. On my bucket list is my hike with my younger brothers to cut down our tree. We all love searching around for the perfect one before finally deciding…and I love that they’ll drag it back to the house for me.

  248. Listen to Michael Buble’s Christmas album and be home with my family (my grad school exams go up until the 18th, so it only gives me about a week of Christmas!).

  249. For my Bucket list, I would love to learn how to cook. My mom loves to cook and I would like to learn from her :)! I also hope to be able to give her this pot for Christmas. It would be her dream! This would be a perfect gift for the most perfect mom! Thanks for the opportunity! I hope you have a wonderful holiday! 🙂

  250. This is a great gift idea! I always love coming to this blog (the recipes are fantastic but the photography is just wow.) My bucket list for Christmas is to donate $100 more than I did last year. I always take and angel tree or donate or sponsor people because I believe in helping people alot. Being a college student, its a bit difficult, but i want to try! And Im actually almost at my goal!

  251. My Christmas Bucket list is to make a gingerbread house from scratch! Not a big one, start little as I have never done it before, but I think it would be fabulous to have one completely homemade! Happy Holidays!

  252. This potpourri sounds lovely! I’m going to try it.

    We finally got our Christmas tree decorated today, so it’s feeling very festive at my house. Other things we MUST do are making peanut butter blossoms, watching It’s a Wonderful Life, and playing carols on the piano.

  253. Christmas always is a busy time of year but makes me feel so good and cozy. I have such wonderful memories from my childhood and now that I have two impressionable teenage daughters I hope to give them the knack of baking because it is such a big part of making those memories. Thank you for you inspiration daily….they both like looking through this site. Happy Holidays!!

  254. This is quite a busy Christmas for us. On my bucket list is:
    A daughter’s college graduation
    Baking
    Finish shopping
    And to top it off, a new grandbaby!
    So lot’s of special days ahead. Really enjoy your website and all the amazing recipes!

  255. What a fun chance to win! On my bucket list is to take my girls sledding & then gather back home with homemade hot chocolate & marshmallows by the fire while we laugh & tell stories about our day. Always love these moments with my kiddos.

  256. I am really behind on Christmas prep. I have to start baking, and I’m attempting to get the family to provide me with their personal lists of “What *MUST Be Made” so that I don’t miss out on all the favs.

    I am going to get Christmas cards in the mail today, and that will make me feel like I’m not totally failing. 😀

  257. I LOVE THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!!! Rather than bombarding my 2 year old with presents (because we have 4 Christmases-and he receives gifts at all of them), my gift to him is an activity/craft/sometimes a small gift every day in December. Some days he gets to have the fun, other days we will be doing something nice for someone else. I incorporate our Elf on the Shelf and he is having A BALL with it…and so am I! It is forcing me to slow down and present with him during the day instead of rushing around checking things off a list. He gets to experience the giving and receiving!!

    Love that you chose St. Jude!! St. Jude is BIG where we live. There is a local Children’s Hospital and our community supports St. Jude in a great way! We’ve already made our donation to them this year!

  258. I have started my Christmas baking as I love to give baking for gifts for friends and family that just don’t have time to bake during the so busy holiday season… and I will definitely be making your potpourri on Christmas eve when everyone will be coming over …. on my bucket list is to take time to grab an eggnog latte with my daughters and do our annual drive around the neighborhoods and look at all the decorated houses with their Christmas lights … and also to get to a couple of craft fairs at the local seniors centers to support their causes…

  259. I will be having a baking day with my family. We do it every year and make lots of Christmas goodies, including pecan pie, fudge, and caramel apples. It’s always a fun way to spend more time with my family.

  260. I am already baking Christmas cookies to give to family and friends. That was a top priority on my bucket list. I am going this afternoon to a church Christmas concert and that will really put me into the Christmas Spirit. I am hosting Christmas dinner and I will be getting ready for that with shopping and cooking. Time spent with family and friends is always at the top of my list during this wonderful time of year.

  261. My main wish as I work my way through the usual list of cards and gifts to make/buy/send (this week, hopefully!) is that l notice the little joys of this season.

  262. Your simmering potpourri looks so beautiful!! I still have to make dozens of cookies and loaves to give as gifts for the holidays. I was just thinking that I have to get everything together today– Christmas is so close– eeekkkk!!! 😀 Wishing you warmth and love this winter season! <3

  263. I adore simmering potpourri for giving as well as receiving! I love going through all of my spices and perfecting my perfect smell. On my bucket list is making my very own buche de Noel including my very own meringue mushrooms. Hope you have a lovely Christmas!

  264. We are trying to get started on our to do lists this weekend. Lights and decorations are going up and plans for our traditional yearly cookie day have been made. Thank you for the spotlight on St Jude’s. It does remind us about what is important at this time of the year. Happy holiday to you and your family.

  265. Before Christmas, I want to decorate my new place with my HUSBAND (just married last month) with all sorts of holiday decor. So excited to have our first Christmas together as a married couple 🙂 . St. Judes is a great organization, one that I supported since college with my sorority’s philanthropy. Thank you!

  266. I CAN smell the potpourri because I have my own simmering, although it’s not in a STAUB pot. Have always made cookues, breads, candy to gift…..but this year adding home made bath and aromatherapy products, too…..and cranberry moonshine and lemoncello……so much to do ! Happy Holidays to all!

  267. So much to do before Christmas! I need to bake a bunch of cookies and get them wrapped up to give to coworkers, family, and friends, and really want to venture into a few diy beauty gifts like homemade scrubs, bath salts, stuff like that and get some cute jars and ribbons for everything 🙂

  268. My mother always told me to “give back” as it will come back to you. She had 20 yrs sobriety, and had reconnected with children (myself and my 2 brothers) she had given up when we were little. My goal “my bucket” list has been to touch others with her message. When someone says “how are you” I always ask “and How are You?” Most often I am thanked for my care. Little things. I truly love your recipes and beautiful pictures and enjoy cooking for my friends and family. I am often reminded on how blessed we truly are.

  269. On my Christmas bucket list, I want to finish sending out Christmas cards, make your caramel/peanut butter/chocolate truffles as a gift for my coworkers, host a secret Santa holiday party, and make my family’s dressing recipe for Christmas day!

  270. It’s almost too late now but I really want to get a batch of fruitcake going. Nothing says Christmas like fruitcake!

  271. Great Gift Idea!

    Bucket List: Take my mom (who is visiting) on a tour of all the holiday trees in NYC! Hopefully with some hot cocoa and holiday music.

  272. I work in a kitchen that uses staub cookware for serving… And I have always loved them! They are beautiful. I am also super excited for this potpourri gift idea, I think it is a great teacher gift, very unique! And I want to try it out in my own home!! As for my Christmas bucket list- I just want to find everything on the kids’ wish list, but on sale…. I love getting a deal ? also, I want to find the time to finish decorating, I am also a hopeless procrastinator, but I love the feel of a home decked to the max in Christmas decorations!!

  273. What a brilliant idea!!! I’m hosting my family for Christmas for the first time this year and was looking for little cozy giveaways to put on their pillows…this looks perfect!!!! Since I’m hosting, my todo list is miles long, but the more fun items are:

    1. Watch Elf 100 times at least 🙂
    2. Enjoy as many of Chicago’s amazing festivities as possible (Christkindl market, zoo lights, ice skating, nutcracker show, museum of holiday trees, whatever else I can find!)
    3. Christmas dinner menu planning
    4. Making lots of flavored homemade pastas (hopefully my homemade gift for the fam this year)

  274. On my bucket list to do before Christmas is make sure I walk around the neighbourhood in the evening to see all the twinkling Christmas lights and enjoy the happy spirit of the season

  275. Love the focus on St. Jude! It is a great organization.
    So far we have decorated a tree and a gingerbread house. The biggest thing that leaves on my bucket list is hosting a cookie decorating competition!

  276. What isn’t on my bucket list! lol
    Top priority is to take my young nieces to the Nutcracker. So much fun!
    Thank you for this post! Such a lovely idea. Will definitely be making this.

  277. I’ve always been a fan of St Jude’s. They do such great work for kids and their families. And so over the years, when I can, I donate to them. This year is one of them =) This year, I’ve also donated hair and money to Children with Hair Loss since it seems like such an important organization. And on Black Friday, since I was out shopping anyway, I took advantage of the sales on kid’s toys. That way I can buy more to donate to toy drives. It’s sooo important to give back and I’ve been encouraging my readers to do the same.

    As for my bucket list, finding the perfect gift for everyone! It’s sooo hard to shop for people sometimes! And I can’t wait to make this potpourri for gifts, Tieghan!

  278. I think of the cartoon version of the Grinch and think Christmas should come from the heart.
    Children are the heart of Christmas and there are so many good ways to help them at Christmas and every day.
    St. Jude is a great one. Here in Cincinnati we have the Ruth Lyon’ s Christmas fund that helps hospitalized children with toys, activities, and play rooms.

  279. My Christmas Bucket List:
    1. Make this potpourri this morning so we feel super festive while gingerbread house decorating with the 7 yr old.
    2. Make homemade pate recipe for our own giveaway with the husband.
    3. Cut down a Christmas tree with the fam.
    4. Eat Oyster Stew
    5. Roast a 30# pig Christmas Eve for huge family dinner!
    6. Go to NYC for a New York Christmas night out with friends!

    Thanks for this great post! Going to try the sangria recipe with our Christmas pig too!

  280. I plan to have family and friends to our home to celebrate the Christmas holidays. I have selected so many of your recipes to share with them. Thanks for the great ideas!

  281. Making your crescent cashew cookies with my grand-girl. She just turned 1 and I know she will love dipping the cookies in chocolate and putting pretty sprinkles on them. I love all of your photos and recipes. Thanks for the inspiration.

  282. I want to try to bake ALL of the Christmas cookies on my list throughout the month so I’m not stuck making them all at the last minute! 🙂

  283. My bucket list is to take time off work/school to spend with my family, especially my sister and niece to be.

    Thank you so much for posting all the incredible recipes!

  284. Bucket list item for this Christmas is top take our four kids out to look at Christmas lights. When we see Santa, we say “ho ho ho” and when we see baby Jesus,we say “happy birthday! “

  285. Instantly, I know what I want to do before Christmas……take my 6 nieces and nephews skiing at Big Sky Resort and then make fabulous Christmas cookies in my decorated holiday-spirit cozy house with the fire a blazing. Then, watch Rudolph and The Grinch!

  286. Before Christmas, I have quite a few things on my bucket list:

    1- survive finals week
    2- make multiple flavor infused dark chocolate truffles for my mom
    3- go ice skating
    4- take advantage of the crisp, winter weather and spend LOTS of time OUTDOORS!

  287. My primary bucket list item is to carve a wooden spoon for my mom and an ornament for my dad. And to bake lots of cookies and make other yummy things!

  288. Merry Christmas
    I am reluctantly letting you know how we are preparing for the next few days because it comes from deep in our souls and we do it silently for others. We have collected, purchased gloves for a group that distributes them to school children in the inner city, we also spend the year filling a jar with loose change and then find a family that could use some “loose change” for their daily needs. I feel you change many people’s ideas on cooking with your fabulous ideas for great dishes all year long Tiegan. May you enjoy the holiday with your fabulous family. The pot would be nice for my renewed fondness of cooking your recipes. Linda Neitzel

  289. OMG, I’m super excited to tell you about my plans. In this last year, I got married, got pregnant, quit my job, and moved across the country to live in my husband’s home state. I’m trying to make a good impression on his friends and family so have setup 5 nights this month to entertain. My plan is to provide nice winter comfort food and have a “craft” to make. I was going to use your gift jars and will also now do potpourri! I am going to provide all of the materials necessary and ask that each person give a donation to the local food shelf (where the news is reporting empty shelves).

    This is BIG news for me as I’m the typical accountant at heart. I lack creativity and entertaining skills. But, your daily emails have inspired me to entertain – not with confidence quite yet but at least I know that I’m providing yummy meals and fun activities!

    Thank you!

  290. On my bucket list are Holiday Stollen for all of my clients (I’m a personal chef) and some yummy mulled cider! I’d love, love, love to win a gorgeous Staub Cocette so I can use it to prepare delicious warming foods for all of the families I cook for!
    Cheers,
    Maureen

  291. It seems like the greater part of my Christmas Bucket List is reserved for school stuff… the papers are interesting, but still exhausting!
    Otherwise, though, I’m counting on hosting an inner child study break for the undergrads (thinks Legos and colouring sheets), making pita chips and dip for an end of year class event, and plan and execute some delicious meals for my family.

  292. On my 2015 Christmas bucket list is to make, rather than buy, most of my holiday gifts. Wine cork letters, wreaths, and now, this wonderful potpourri (which would of course be complimented by that stunning Staub cocotte). Happy Holidays!

  293. What a wonderful post Tieghan! My bucket list before Christmas is a simple one, to enjoy each moment with family and friends. To not rush through the holiday season. And also to make your yearly family Christmas trip into NYC!

  294. This Christmas , my to-do list includes making my own ornaments! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do- something that could last generations.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    St. Jude’s is a great place to give , maybe also consider giving to children’s hospital. It’s another great place working to help sick children everywhere 🙂

  295. 1.) See my family again <3
    2.) Get a tree
    3.) DECORATE 😀
    4.) Eat ALL the food
    5.) Calm my mind
    6.) Be prepared for the worst
    7.) Enjoy my time and live life to the FULLEST

  296. My bucket list item: bake A GAZILLION COOKIES for everyone I know! Also, catch up with a few friends I haven’t talked to in way too long.

  297. Thank you for such a wonderful post Tieghan! I find your blog inspires me to make wonderful dishes and now to give back too. I work for an organization that supports St.Judes each year, and I gladly donate during that time.

    There is a farm that the public can visit, it has homeade cider, cider donuts, and hot chocolate. There is also a train that you can ride on and other fun things that my child who is 5, would love to visit. That is what I’m planning to do before Christmas!

  298. Before Christmas, I MUST: Finish shopping for presents (I am waaaaay behind) and have a very belated Friendsgiving with my best friend/maid of honor/roommate!

  299. The thing I must because I must do before Christmas this year – aside making and baking gifts for friends and family – is finally sit down to skype my sister and her children whom I haven’t seen face to face in way too many years, since they live in another country and none of us can afford to travel to one another’s, so even though we call each other every weekend, I really just want to see all their faces before Christmas, even though I know I’m gonna cryyyyyy like a mad woman, and even though I see them through a laptop screen.
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  300. Well top thing on my bucket list is to shop for my wife. Typical guy I guess, I always seem to wait till the last minute. I also want to make up a big batch of IPA peanut brittle to share during the holidays.

  301. There is a famous street in Baltimore in the Hampden neighborhood called 36th St that goes all out with their Christmas decorations. I would love to go see it before the holiday is over.

  302. I love these photos!!! My must do this year is looking at Christmas lights! And thank you for donating to st. Jude’s and encouraging others. We do every year and it really makes the holiday season so much more special <3 crossing my fingers!!!

  303. Before Christmas, I want to bake my favorite ricotta cookies with my mom. I miss that beautiful woman and her awesome kitchen!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  304. I’m finishing up a Christmas Bazaar today and then look forward to cleaning and then decorating the house for Christmas. Our kids are all coming home for Christmas, so my Bucket List is simply to be ready for their arrival – no sweeter thing in life than that! Of course, getting ready for their arrival does mean having a slew of fantastic recipes ready for fix when they’re here. And this potpourri will be an awesome welcome when they walk through the door. (Betcha can’t guess how excited I am?)

  305. This is wonderful. Thanks for the call out for St. Jude’s! Every year at work we vote for a different charity to donate to – this year was St. Jude’s!

    As for my Christmas “bucket list” – I’m actually looking to try rock climbing. We have new rock gym that opened up nearby and I’m anxious (and nervous!) to try it. 🙂

  306. Both of my adopted daughters want to bake this year, so breads for their teachers, cookies and small cakes for the neighbors are all on the bucket list. Then there is travel–about four hours away to see a half sister who is in difficult times. We will take her to see a sculpture garden, walking through a mile of Christmas lights, and then dessert at an 1880s style bakery. This will be the last Christmas before the half sister ages out of the foster system, and we are not sure she will keep in contact with her sisters. So we are out to make a memory for this one!

  307. Also, we give to st Jude’s several times throughout the year. Basically when they send us an envelope, we send a check :). My favorite charity.

  308. We are having a big group of my daughters friends over to decorate Christmas sugar cookies. Was on the list of must dos last year but a flu bug put a damper on that! Fingers crossed for healthy kids…

  309. My Christmas bucket list includes making Christmas cookies with Shannon, and twins Tyler and Gavin. Thanks for the chance to win the pot! I love the matte black … black is my favorite color!

  310. 1). Baking spree!
    2). Sliiiide around the house in those fuzzy socks.
    3). Give gifts other than candles this year.

  311. Tree is up, house is decorated, holiday music playing. I work in retail full time so the holiday season is nuts. I am hosting Christmas this year- I have my menu planned and I get as much done in advance so I can enjoy the time with my family and closest friends. Love your blog. Happy Holidays!

  312. I plan you take a little time off & have some long over do lunches with friends…in addition to all the yummy treats I will be baking. I make the best chocolate chips cookies in the universe (just ask my sons) & my banana bread has no equal.

    A Staub pot would be so lovely to use now that there is finally a chill in the CA air…stews & chili.

    I am a nurse & deal with the devastating effects of cancer daily…thank you for shining a light on this for others to consider helping.

  313. Before Christmas what I have to do is make one or all of the following for the volunteers in my life – hot cocoa, pancake mix, granola, sugar scrub, sugar syrup, cookies and brownies. The men I live with, spouse and son, are not into the holidays so I try to make the most of the people in my life who do.

  314. Oh my gosh! I have to confess my love of Staub first! I have the pumpkin cocotte and it makes me feel like I’m in Cinderella’s story every time I use it. On my Christmas bucket list: going to a Christmas tree farm to cut down our tree (TODAY! So excited!), making my own egg nog to have while decorating the tree (best recipe ever if you want it), making needhams which are a Maine tradition and are basically a mounds bar but made with potatoes to make them extra creamy, and making gingerbread men to bring to all my neighbor’s. This time of year is the best!

  315. Wow! do some of you on this list not sleep??? commenting at 2am?!…anyway, this is a wonderful idea, and as a teacher I would be happy to receive this. Things are so crazy at school during this time that I don’t get much done at home before Christmas arrives and the delightful smells would get me in the spirit and motivated! My bucket list includes making my Cranberry Chutney for all the neighbors and friends. I first tried this in 1984 (a gift from a neighbor of my parents) and started making it the next year for my neighbors. Everyone LOVED it and waited each year to receive it. My original neighbors have aged, moved, or left us, and the neighborhood is now full of young families that I think will like this traditional gift.

  316. I inherited my grandma’s date-pecan roll recipe and make it every year to gift to family and friends. It is the one thing I must do between now and Christmas.

  317. I plan to keep it easy and stress-free this year. My almost -three-year saga of a divorce is finally final so I can make Christmas just the way my kids and I like it. Baking cookies, (hiding some in the freezer so we actually have some left for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!), playing games, only putting out the favorite decorations, evening drives around neighborhoods looking at all the Christmas lights, watching movies, and hoping for a snow day or two.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Tiegan.

  318. I want to sew aprons for the grand-kids and spend the week between Christmas and New Years Day baking with them. It’s always a sweet part of my day to read your blog and look at the gorgeous pics. Thank you for the opportunity to win your favorite pot. I love the grenadine!

  319. Never thought of a ticket list but… I would love to make some cookies and maybe fudge that I have never made before.

    Childhood cancer is one of the most devastating things I have read about. I keep up with many Caring Bridge site families. Many of them are children with cancer or ones that have passed away. It is so sad. Very little funding goes to childhood cancer. So sad that so much goes to Susan G Komen Pink ribbons but not much at all do you see for Gold ribbons which is childhood cancer.

    Would love to win the Staub’s giveaway. Thanks for the chance!!

  320. For my Christmas bucket list, I want to make homemade edible gifts for my work colleagues! I have yet to choose what to make- there are just so many great options. Fudge, cookies, brownie squares, bark, hot chocolate mix… I’d love to include a homemade sugar scrub in a festive scent, too!

  321. My bucket list is simple:
    1. Buy and create gifts that support our local young farmers.
    2. Drive to our farm in Wisconsin and hang our Xmas wreath on the barn.
    3. Create memories that will last far longer than the gifts under the tree.

  322. Can’t wait to make this, love your recipes! This Christmas, God has really put on my heart a friend who has recently lost her husband to cancer. I am going to make this (and several other recipes of yours) to bring to her and her daughter. Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but they’re really hurting, and I hope to help, even if its just a little.
    Thanks for all the great recipes and ideas, I love your blog!
    Merry Christmas!!

  323. This looks gorgeous and like it would have a wonderful smell. My family celebrates Hanukkah, which starts today ?, and I wanted my daughter to feel that her holiday is just as special and magical as Christmas. Very hard in a small town where we r pretty much the only family that does not celebrate Christmas. I feel this was accomplished as we decorated like crazy in blue and white, made dreidel shape cookies and just spent time together as a family. I hope I have a wonderful day!

  324. I’m rather new to this blog, but loved seeing some of the beautiful pictures of your dishes. I can not wait to try out more!

    For my bucket list, I plan on making some music with my colleagues at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in NYC. I have a brass quintet that I often play with, and this year we are volunteering our services at this facility to share a little light to those friends and family who are burdened with this illness. I am looking so forward to sharing our gift during this time of year and to see the smiling faces at those who deserve a little happiness in their life.

  325. Such a fun little gift. I bet Asher’s teachers are going to love them. As for my holiday bucket list. . .well first thing on that list is to make it through the holidays where preserving my sanity. Second would be to bake holiday cookies along the “Twelve Days of Christmas” theme. Let’s see if either is realistic 😉

  326. Thank you for this recipe it is perfect. I am having an open house next week and I having been trying to think of a thank you gift for and this is a perfect idea. I m going shopping today along with decking the halls of our house. I will definitely look at the St. Jude’s link as our Charity this year.
    Thank you for all the great ideas and the beautiful photography
    Cheers,
    Charity

  327. What a question! Where would one start lol! I atm live in the Czech Republic have an address and home in America. I have been here for 4yrs and will be going back to the States soon (sad/happy feeling). Holidays here can be difficult to achieve but I have every year keep/kept “tradition” for the family(kids). All the way from Thanksgiving(which doesn’t exist here and very difficult of finding American food…all from scratch)…hence “difficult”. My simple bucket list would be for my kids to remember the whole point of doing what we do for each other in celebrating together the holidays. And they share in their future holiday traditions. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  328. My bucket list is to make a recipe I saw for Homemade Chocolate Liqueur to give to friends at christmas…Thanx for the chance to win.

  329. On my bucket list of things that I MUST do before Christmas: Bake White Chocolate Gingerbread Blondies, finish wrapping presents, and finish mailing out Christmas cards.

  330. potpourri sounds like a great teacher gift- so much more unique than chocolates or gift cards (which i inevitably gave to mine anyways). my bucket list for this christmas is to play with meringue. preferably that would mean perfecting macarons, but if that doesn’t work out, i see marshmallows and/or meringues popping up in the near future.