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Imagine the scent of simmering pears, apples, oranges, cranberries, allspice, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, pine springs and bay leaves….maybe even a hint of peppermint ~

Yes, Christmas is in the air!

Create a gift of Scent ~ ‘Christmas Simmer‘ for your family, friends, neighbors, even a stranger, and someone who needs a little kindness this Holiday Season.

A ‘doorknob gift‘ is the perfect way to remain ‘socially distant‘ in 2020, bring a little joy to someone’s heart this Christmas and hang a gift on their doorknob ~ it is sure to bring a little piece of happiness to someone’s heart. …this ‘Christmas Simmer‘ gift would be perfect.

Gather the Ingredients

Christmas Simmer


  • pears
  • apples
  • oranges
  • fresh cranberries
  • whole allspice
  • whole cloves
  • cinnamon sticks
  • star anise
  • fresh pine sprigs
  • bay leaves
  • and even candy cane peppermint


  1. Add a little of each ingredient into any creative packaging such as brown paper packages, cello wraps, a red stocking, a basket or my personal favorite a cotton string bag, (purchase here). Add an extra piece of fruit or two for a sweet treat to eat too! Be sure to wrap securely inside the packaging to keep the ingredients fresh. Deliver to family, friends, neighbors and strangers alike ~ place on their doorknob for a sweet smelling Christmas Simmer surprise! Don’t forget to print the instruction tag (shown below) onto cardstock, then cut-out, punch a hole in the top and tie onto each pretty package…..with baker’s twine of course.

Click ‘here’ to find a printable sheet of instructions.

Then create a handmade ornament in Classic Chalk Art Style (shown below) ~ to add to each Christmas Simmer doorknob gift, making it extra special!

Click ‘Here’ for a pattern. A gift from my heart and hands to yours.

Not sure what Classic Chalk Art Is???…..check out this blog post with a video how-to and free pattern (here)!

Why not decopauge the ‘Christmas Simmer’ instruction tag to the backside of the ornament…. adding an extra fun little touch!

Oh ….and don’t forget to make a Christmas Simmer for yourself.


Look for more ‘Door Knob Gifts‘ thru-out this Christmas Season on the Blog.

Lifting each other up this Christmas Season is so important and thinking of those folks who are alone, or grieving, or afraid or sad or are in need of a friend.

As we learned in Sunday School ~ when we lift each other up and share kindness we ourselves are lifted.

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” ~ Hebrews 13:2

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:9


Click below for a look back at ‘It’s All in the Presentation’ thru the years, we have gift wrappings, table settings and more!

2014 , 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019

Coming Soon ~ Holiday Touches to the Everyday 2020, Christmas Studio Tour, Handmade, Heartfelt & Homespun, and It’s a Wrap

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17 thoughts on “Simmering Christmas | It’s All in the Presentation 2020

  1. Penny Kindblom says:

    Thank you so much Amy Joanne for showing this beautiful gift. In your packaging do you include like the whole piece of fruit or do you slice and dry and then include in the simmer blend. The gift and the sentiment perfect for the season so thank you very much..

    1. Hi Penny! Thank you for your kind reply…I put whole fruit in the package and then put the instruction tag on the gift which advises then to cut the fruit before simmering….no need to dry any fruit I just pictured it that way for pretty! …enjoy!

  2. JANIS E MASSIE says:

    I loved reading your blog, Amy! It’s a wonderful idea for me to do especially in my neighborhood as all my neighbors are elderly and would love getting these. Thank you!! 😊❤

    1. Thank you Janis for your kindness! So happy you enjoyed the blog post…sure to make your neighbors happy!

  3. This is awesome, Amy! I love all your lovely recipes. <3 Thank you!

    1. it smells just wonderful Sheila…Thank you.

  4. Debbi says:

    Oh I love this so much. Thank you for all your wonderful creative ideas…from my heart to yours.

    1. Thank you so very much….:)

  5. mccorsini says:

    Thank you for sharing Amy! Wonder what size bag you use for the simmer? Such a simple, thoughtful gift for a neighbor or friend.

    1. Thank you! I used both a size 4 or a size 5 of the canvas bags ~ one is 6″ long and the other 10″ long….they really make up nicely!

  6. Lynn Barbadora says:

    Thank you Amy!

    1. Thank you!

  7. Judy Kulmaczeski says:

    Thank you for the wonderful pattern and recipe to go with it! Just the thing to get us in the holiday spirit…much needed, these days. Good luck with your December 4th class! I signed up for the February class! Merry Christmas to you and Jerry!

    1. Merry Christmas Judy! Enjoy the simmering 🙂 …and see you in February …thank you!

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