Holidays

A Book of Joy, Day 11, by Briana Elizabeth

Cinnamon, cloves, and evergreen are the scents of Christmas. With these ornaments, the scent of cinnamon lingers through the house for months. These ornaments last years, if you take care of them, too!

This dough is super easy to work with, and perfect for little ones as long as they don’t eat it.

Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments

Materials:

1 cup applesauce
4 oz ground cinnamon
mixing bowl
spoon
waxed paper
rolling pin
cookie cutters
straw
drying rack
spatula
ribbon

Procedure:

1.Mix applesauce into cinnamon until a stiff dough forms
2. Pour mixture onto wax paper
3.Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Using the straw, make a hole for the ribbon.
4. Lay the decorations on the rack.
5. Flip them over twice a day for 10 days so that the edges will not curl.
6. When the decorations are thoroughly dry, thread the ribbon through the hole and hang.

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I have radiators, so we put them on wax-papered pizza pans, and leave them on the radiators to dry. There is no scratch and sniff that quite gives the potency of these ornaments.

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If you want to add your own touch, you can use yarn, twine, bakers string, or anything you can think of! And sometimes I also like to add in a bit of ground cloves.

“The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood”
― Richard Paul Evans, The Christmas Box


Briana Elizabeth has been at this homeschool gig since her 23 year old son was in 7th grade, and his psychiatrist told her that he had to be homeschooled. Her son never went back to public school that year, and the following year, she pulled her 4th grade daughter out of public school. Her five other children have all been homeschooled entirely. It was baptism by fire, but she wouldn’t trade it for the world. Through the years, she has in the end, not only educated her children, but herself, and homeschooling has brought about a whole paradigm change of living for her family. The education that had seemed only possible for the elite was possible through classically homeschooling.

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