Since I'm terrified of candles, and didn't have the ingredients on hand to make stovetop potpourri,
we made orange pomander balls this year to make our home smell Christmas-y.
(Although I'm sure the smell Mary, Joseph and Jesus had in the stable was more similar to the stench of rotting diapers that are sitting in our trash can outside...!)
All you need is an orange and some whole cloves. Just push the cloves into the orange in whatever pattern you like! My fingers are calloused from bare-handed weed battles, but you may want to pre-prick some holes with a thimble to save your fingers some pain.
Push the clove in as gently as you can so the pretty star shape doesn't break!
You can cover the orange completely, create patterns, or just use a few cloves. Traditionally, pomander balls are rolled in a blend of cinnamon and orris root, then left to cure in a cool dark place for 2-3 weeks. I didn't do all that, since I just wanted it for a few weeks here at Christmas. Plus, I have a sinking feeling I can't buy orris root at my local grocery store!
Display your pomander ball in a bowl with additional oranges and pinecones, or tie a ribbon around it to hang from your tree. Mine is perched in a pale blue eggcup on my kitchen windowsill. Wherever you put it though, you will enjoy the beautiful spicy fragrance!