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12 Traditions & Diffuser Blends of Christmas

Start some new traditions while diffusing these great diffuser blends that were originally shared on the Young Living blog in two separate posts (here and here), with a few added bonuses and modifications from my own handbook and family traditions. (Note: This post will probably look best on the laptop or computer due to having to columns.)

For each of the 12 days of Christmas, there is a diffuser blend and a family activity to help you create a new tradition in your home.


Not into oils yet? That’s okay. Try these traditions without the oils. You’ll still have fun; it just won’t smell as great!


On the first day of Christmas…

While diffusing this blend, make scented pine cones as a family!

Go out and gather some pine cones, make sure they’re clean before laying on a foil lined baking sheet.

Bake at 200º F in oven for about 30 minutes.

Wait for them to cool and transfer to paper bag and then place the paper bag within a gallon zip-top bag.

Add about 30 drops of your favorite essential oils and leave bag sealed for 1-2 weeks. The longer you wait, the stronger the smell.

Place out just in time for your holiday celebrations. (From YL’s FaceBook post)

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On the second day of Christmas…

While diffusing this blend, trim the tree with your favorite ornaments and decorations.

Then sit down and make some ornaments for next year by grabbing supplies to make your favorite ornament from this vast selection of homemade ornaments from Country Living.

On the third day of Christmas…

While diffusing this blend in your ORB diffuser or USB diffuser, drive around and look at holiday lights with your family.

Talk about what your favorite houses were and why those decorations were your favorite.

While you’re at it, watch an episode or two of The Great Christmas Light Fight and talk about why you would or wouldn’t decorate you’re house the way the contestants have. Do you agree with the show’s pick for a winner?

On the fourth day of Christmas…

While diffusing this blend, try the Lavender Hot Chocolate recipe shared by Young Living here.

The video below shows you step-by-step instructions on how to make your own hot cocoa from scratch!

 

On the fifth day of Christmas…

Try making something sweet with your family while diffusing this delicious scent.

Bake your favorite holiday cookies or try some new ones from this list from the Food Network. Not into cookies? Make some peppermint brownies (see recipe below)!

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On the sixth day of Christmas…

While diffusing this blend, try making some DIY gifts for your family and friends! Need some ideas? We’ve got you! Here are some of our family favorites:

*DIY Bubble Bars

*DIY Mood Soothe Bars

*DIY Homemade Body Butter

and of course, our favorite DIYs that kids from every age can make safely with adult supervision – and they’re tons of fun:

 

On the seventh day of Christmas…

While diffusing this blend, get the whole family around the fire (or just around the dining room table) and read one of these Christmas favorites:

*A Special Place for Santa

*God Gave Us Christmas

Bonus points if you act out the story!

On the eighth day of Christmas…

While diffusing this blend, make some DIY Aroma Dough and sing Christmas carols with the family while creating your own village of dough houses and people.

Use your favorite play dough recipe or try the one below from our friends at The Oily Home Companion. Our favorite scents for this time of year are Thieves, Christmas Spirit, Sacred Mountain, and Northern Lights Black Spruce.

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On the ninth day of Christmas…

As you diffuse this blend, host an Ugly Sweater party with neighbors and loved ones. Didn’t read this until today? No worries – create some ugly sweaters as a family and wear them Christmas day. It will bring new meaning to “famous Christmas portrait”!

Don’t like that idea? That’s okay, we get it – some people aren’t into ugly sweaters! Diffuse the blend and take time to look around the house and ensure it is ready for the upcoming Christmas Festivities. Make it fun by having a small prize for everyone with a clean room and who helps pitch in to clean shared rooms like the Living Room, bathrooms, Dining Room, Kitchen, Den, etc. Try these ideas from House Beautiful.

Want to make the night really memorable? Brew up a batch of the Holiday Spiced Apple Cider and enjoy while taking part in the evening’s activities. It’s a hit for the entire family.

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On the tenth day of Christmas…

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In honor of Christmas and Gingerbread men everywhere who sacrifice themselves for this holiday, diffuse this scent while baking up a fresh batch of gingerbread dough to create a family gingerbread house or village.

Not that creative? It’s okay – I’m still happy you found the blog. Grab a kit at your local retail store and assemble it together as a family.

Either way, creating together helps you see one another’s strengths and areas to improve! But make a vow to enjoy yourself while creating your house or village.

On the eleventh day of Christmas…

As you get the stocking stuffers ready and diffuse this blend, don’t forget about the Young Living printable tags for the oils you will be giving family members!

Not giving oils as stocking stuffers? That’s okay too! Try these printable coupon stocking stuffers.

Some stocking stuffers we rely on yearly at our house include:

*Scratch Lotto tickets

*Mittens and scarves

*Gift Cards to favorite restaurant

On the twelfth day of Christmas…

We’ve made it to Christmas Eve! This is a perfect night diffuse this blend while reading the nativity story in Luke 2:1-20. Talk about how it must have felt to be a young Mary and Joseph, fleeing for protection, and finding out no one has room for you. Then say a prayer as a family to ensure you always have room for Christ in your life.

It gets busy this time of year and we often forget WHY we celebrate this holiday, but don’t let your family get lost in the season without remembering the reason. Christ has given us all we have, even if it doesn’t feel like enough some days. Let’s take time to be thankful for those around us this night and tomorrow.

Tell us what your favorite blends and new traditions were! Or – tell us about traditions you have that aren’t on the list!

Don’t forget to check out the following blogs for other diffuser blends, gifts, food, and treats.

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Recipe: Shell’s Dirty Guacamole

When you want a guacamole that has a bit more of a kick to it than usual, try this one! I had a bit of fun spicing up (pun intended) my Simple Guacamole for a recent get together with family and friends over the Thanksgiving holiday.

img_4143Ingredients

  • 3 Avocados
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Lime (or 2 drops Lime Vitality essential oil)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 chiptole pepper
  • Cilantro
  • Black Pepper to taste
  • Chili Powder to taste
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

Mash the avocados to desired consistency (I like mine with some chunks still present).

Add tomatoes, peppers (all kinds), and onion chunks to a food processor or chopper and chop until pieces are small and it’s almost (ALMOST) like a puree.

Add the contents of the processor / chopper and mashed up avocados to a bowl and mix well.

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Add cut up cilantro to taste.

Squeeze lime over the blend and then add black pepper, chili powder, and sea salt to taste.

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I like to chill it for a few hours before serving so the flavors have a chance to blend together.

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Recipe: Rosemary Garlic Apple Chops

Tonight I felt like being a bit creative in the kitchen, but I also wanted to continue working on cleaning up the images, categories, and tags here on the blog. I decided to throw together some pork chops with a twist and they were a hit. If you try them, leave a comment on any modifications you make and how your family likes them. Be honest, as that is how I know if these are something to serve to guests or keep for our family.

Ingredients

Disclaimer: I don’t measure, which makes me awful at sharing recipes, but here’s my attempt!

  • 1 package fresh Rosemary (the kind you get in the herb section; use less based upon preference)
  • 3 tablespoons minched garlic (we used the Stop & Shop pre-cut kind, but you could do your own and it would probably be an entire bulb – you can change this based upon your preference)
  • 3 shakes Chili Powder
  • A couple shakes of salt
  • 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Pork Chops, boneless
  • 2 apples, peeled and shredded
  • 3 shakes cinnamon

Directions

Use a large casserole pan to make this most effective, as you can transfer it from the fridge to the over when it is done marinating.

  • Cut the Rosemary into fine pieces so that it covers the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the minced garlic and some of the juice if you bought the preminced kind from the store. This allows the flavor to really get inside the meat.
  • Shake the Chili Powder and Salt over the mixture.
  • Add the Extra Virgin Olive Oil and mix until it is well blended. It should coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the pork chops and cover them in the mixture by spooning it over the chops once in the dish. This will allow the tops and bottoms of the pork to take in the flavors of the spices.

Have the kids help with the apples, they love shredding things and if you have certain kitchen gadgets you can make it really fun and safe for them. As a note, one of the apples shown above was for the pleasure of eating it while dinner was marinating in the fridge.

  • Peel and chop the applies.
  • Shred the apples over the pork chops so it looks like you are making hash browns.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon over the apples and place in the fridge for 2 – 4 hours.

Set the over to 400 when ready to cook them.

Within 35 – 50 minutes they should be ready to eat, based upon thickness. I suggest setting the timer to 30 minutes so you can make your sides and check the meat temperature and whether it is done. Ours was not yet ready at 30 minutes but by the time all the sides were cooked and/or reheated, all of our meal was ready and served hot.

Results

My father doesn’t eat fruit or vegetables and he not only ate his first serving but came back for seconds! I call that a success for our family!

You can serve the chops with your choice of sides. We chose to serve it with some leftovers from Thanksgiving: Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes (see recipe in this post), Garden Veggie Mix, Stuffing, Brussel Sprouts (well done), and Acorn Squash with Chickpeas & Chimichurri (see recipe here). The kids had it with macaroni & cheese and Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits at their request.

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Recipe: Roasted Lemon Thyme Chicken

Found this on the Young Living Training and Education Facebook page and had to share!!! Soooooo good! All text below here is from Young Living’s FB post.

 

Vitality™ oils, chicken, and lemon make a perfect combination! This roast chicken is a total crowd pleaser and wonderful as leftovers for yummy, healthy lunches.

This delicious recipe includes this Oregano Vitality, Lemon Vitality and Thyme Vitality. Remember that when cooking with Vitality essential oils, because of their potency, we recommend using only 1-2 drops at first, or even the toothpick method: Stick a toothpick through the oil dropper to absorb the oil, then swirl the toothpick through wet ingredients. Give it a taste, and gradually add more flavor to your liking.

Roast Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 drop Oregano Vitality
  • 1 drop Lemon Vitality
  • 1 drop Thyme Vitality
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup organic butter or ghee

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

2. Rinse your chicken with cold water inside and out, and dry well with paper towels.

3. Place lemon and onion slices in the bottom of an oven-safe skillet or roasting pan and in the cavity of the chicken.

4. Mix the Oregano Vitality, Lemon Vitality, Thyme Vitality, and butter together with the salt and pepper in a small bowl.

5. Rub half of your oil mix under the skin of the breast side and back side. Rub the remaining mix on the outside of your chicken. Using some kitchen twine, tie up the chicken legs and wings. This makes for more uniform cooking.

6. Place your chicken breast-side-up in the pan. Place in your preheated oven, and immediately reduce the heat to 375 degrees.

7. Roast your chicken for approximately 20 minutes per pound, or until the temperature of the breast meat registers at 180 degrees.

8. Remove the chicken from the oven, and let rest for 10 minutes in the pan. After the chicken has cooled, remove to a cutting board and let rest for an additional 10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!