Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. We all speak so much about having an attitude of gratitude, but rarely does it seem to be tied into the actual holiday that celebrates just that. We get lost in the pilgrims and Native Americans in having a great feast – but they did so to give thanks for a great harvest and survival in a new land.
Our company sends out thank you cards and gifts this time of year rather than Christmas. It simply seems more sincere and true to the season. I also would make up these jars for teachers and hand them out rather than Starbucks gift cards in December. I think it was this little magic in a jar that connected my best friend and I who was also one of my boys teachers.
These jars are easy, inexpensive, unexpected, and truly appreciated. Get creative by creating your own little thank you tag or actually write out a note of thanks in a card. Be sure to include directions to cut the orange and place all of the contents of the jar into a saucepan. Fill the pan about half way full of water. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer and enjoy! In can be used for 1-2 days. Just keep adding water as it reduces.
Here is everything you need:
- 1 pint mason jar with lid
- 1 clementine orange
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 2-3 Cinnamon Sticks (don’t get the decorating ones)
- 1 tsp:
- Whole Cloves
- All Spice
That’s it! Dress it up with beautiful fabric, ribbon, and a note.