I like to purposely annoy and embarrass my children.
There. I said it.
This can take many forms…dancing to music while waiting in line at a store. Singing loudly in the car to “Mommy’s music” (a.k.a. that stuff from the 80′s), and imparting them with what I deem to be very useful information about random things.
Take for example, Cinnamon.
While creating this sweet Cinnamon Stick Ornament, I thought it would be fun to learn a little bit more about this spice which is used so much during the holiday season.
Did you know that cinnamon, along with frankincense and myrrh, was one of the first spices used in the ancient world?
Don’t worry, I’m now humming the tune to “We Three Kings” also!
And, did you know that cinnamon comes from evergreen trees that are grown in moist, hot climates? To get the sticks, the inner bark is removed from the upper branches and then the bark curls into sticks which are also called quills. I think that is fascinating, don’t you?
My kids just rolled their eyes at me, but you wouldn’t do that to me, would you?
Now, thankfully, we have places called “craft stores” or “grocery stores” where you can buy cinnamon sticks so you don’t have to do all of that work finding those trees and removing bark. Whew!
Here is what you will need to make this simply sweet ornament:
1) Large Cinnamon Sticks 2) Pretty ribbon 3) Pine cones, cranberries or any other decorative elements you have.
Gather the cinnamon sticks into a bundle and tie it off with your pretty ribbon. Make sure the ribbon ends are long enough to be tied or glued together for hanging on your tree.
Then, just attach any other decorative elements you want using hot glue. I used these tiny gold pine cones and faux cranberries and then tucked in a sprig of fresh greenery.
There is just something about a homemade ornament, isn’t there?
It makes me feel all Laura Ingalls-y and like I might have to trade my beloved horse Bunny to get Ma a stove for Christmas.
Yep, my Little House on the Prairie references also make my family roll their eyes at me.
But, that’s OK! I’m going to keep dancing in the grocery store, singing along to Rick Springfield, finding ways to include Little House tidbits in conversation and sharing facts about random things…like…did you know that most of the world’s cinnamon supply comes from Sri Lanka?
Isn’t that so interesting?
Wait…you didn’t just roll your eyes at me, did you?!
That’s OK, I’m used to it. Now I want to hear from you!
Do you use Cinnamon Sticks for something other than baking? How have you incorporated it into your holiday decor?
I’d love some more ideas!
And, speaking of great Cinnamon ideas, did you see Tiffany’s post last week where she used it to make Spiced Sweet Tea? It’s another wonderful way to use it!
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