Christmas Canning

Posted by on October 6, 2011 at 8:00 am.

Not to be confused with Christmas Canon – which happens to be one of my fave songs of the season.  Seriously, check it out and download, ‘cuz it’s about that time folks.

October is here, it’s started, it’s goin’, and if you aren’t planning for Christmas already, then you’re just foolin’ yourself.  Yes, I know I begin my planning in late June at the 6-month mark, but now we’re already past the 3-month mark, so it’s not just me being ‘crazy Christmas lady’.  I’m trying to help you out here.

When bing cherries were in season over the summer, I canned 'Christmas Cherries' in a syrup of sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and all spice. They'll go great with turkey or ham!

About four years ago I started canning salsa’s, jams, and preserves to give away as Christmas gifts.  What started as a way to save money and help streamline the way I gift, (I have about 25 baskets to make each year), turned into a tradition and something that was expected by past recipients.  I was shocked, they really enjoyed what I’d made them, so much so, they wanted to make sure I was going to repeat myself the next year!  “What are you canning this summer for Christmas, what can we expect?  Oh, I can’t wait to see what I get this year!”  And so, canning it is, and canning it will always be.  And I love it.  I generally pair a few jars of different things I’ve canned with a treat I make each year.  One year it was sugar cookies with peppermint glaze, another homemade Chex mix, and most recently I gave sea salt caramels last year – my first foray into candy making.  This year I’m still mulling over ideas, hmmm, peppermint French macarons, maybe?

But one thing I’ve decided on for sure is my packaging!  You have got to love!  Why I never thought about them before, I dunno’.  This year I’ll be ordering their craft gable boxes and red/green crinkle paper. And I’ve bought some cute eyelet hang tags at Paper Source and Christmas stamps to use for red glitter and gloss embossing!  I also found the cutest fabric swatches at City Craft to adorn the tops of my canning jars.

The patterns are very Anthropologie, but still holding to Christmassy colors - some even have peppermint swirl candy patterns!

Oooh, project, funsies!  More than likely I’ve bitten off more than I can chew…but it wouldn’t be the holidays if I didn’t do that to myself each year.  To be honest, I thrive off the activity and stress of it all!

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