Hey ya’ll, Merry Christmas! (upbeat music) I am so excited today, because my tree is up, but it needs some ornaments. And that is like, my absolute favorite thing to do is decorate my tree for Christmas. In order to do that though, I have to get my whole house smelling good. Smellin’ like Christmas, I gotta get those feels in. So, I’m going to make a big pot of hot apple cider like my mama used to do, to get my house smelling all ready and make me extra cozy. You should too. Pour yourself a hot drink, whether it’s apple cider, hot chocolate, whatever. Get cozy and let’s go decorate this tree. I’m heating up a pot of apple cider to enjoy while I decorate my tree, because it makes me feel all warm and cozy, and super Christmasy. I put in some store-bought apple cider, some orange slices, apple slices, fresh cranberries, and a couple of cinnamon sticks. Calling it a day. This is gonna be so awesome while I’m decorating my tree. But, ya’ll, I have a trick. My mama did this all the time growing up. She didn’t use apple cider, she used water, and she literally took all of the spices out of her spice cabinet that were getting old, that are kind of Christmasy, like whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice, ground cinnamon, whatever you have, and she dumped ’em in a big pot of water with a bunch of fresh stuff, like lemon slices and rosemary, and cranberries, and orange slices. Left it on the stove all day, turned it on low heat so the house smelled amazing. It gets rid of your old spices so you can replenish in the new year, and makes your house smell like a Christmas party all the time. It is so fun. This pot of potpourri is heating up, and making my house smell so festive. I’m going to get some apple cider and get to work on that tree. Hey Portal, call Mama. Calling Sabrina Faicon Odem. (ding) Hey! Hey, what you doin’ today? I’m decoratin’ for Christmas. You know how you used to put the potpourri on the stove and it smelled so good for Christmas? I’m goin’ with the whole food vintage theme for Christmas, so I wanna do real food items on the tree. Like I made this string, it’s like real cinnamon sticks, and then some beads and some pine cones. Oh, I wish I was there to help you! Well that’s why I’m callin’. Oh, well hey! Ya’ll this is so cool, you just walked in and it widens to show you in the picture. It’s pretty cool, it’s real clear too. I know, this is awesome. Miss Kim. Oh, hey Miss Kim! Hey! Ya’ll, this is like for real things in the south, when you have parties, people just show up. Another question about ornaments. Should I get in with the ones that are like the vintage ones, or should I fill in with some other ornaments first? The way I do it, I pick my favorite ones first, ’cause I always wanna have a special spot for those. Yes. Put those on first. They’re special. Okay, all right, here we go. We had these on my tree growing up, and I begged my mom, ya’ll, when I had my house. I was like, the first Christmas tree that I ever have on my own, it was gonna be these Waterford ornaments. They’re so pretty. Ya’ll can see the full view of this. We can, yeah! Mom and Daddy have been to the house, but Miss Kim’s never been here, so. Look, it’s a wine, a wine opener. Ya’ll know I have to have that on my tree. The cork, perfect. And I love that it’s rustic lookin’. I know it is, it’s so cool. It like is just a really good mix of old and new. It is really pretty Abby. Thank ya’ll. I’m lovin’ those vintage ornaments. I had the best help. Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas, ho, ho, ho, I love ya’ll. We love you. Hey Portal, hang up. Now that I am fully in the Christmas mode, I am gonna finish up my tree with some really awesome ornaments. I’m so pumped about these by the way, because for multiple reasons, but mostly because it’s just a really cool way to repurpose household items. So these are kitchen tools that either I’ve had on hand for years and I never use anymore, or that I found at a yard sale or estate sale for pretty inexpensive. And they’re just way cooler than normal ornaments, in my opinion. Like why put a bunch of multicolor balls on your tree, when you could use something that’s super cool like this. So this is a measuring cup, and it has a hole in it, so if it has somethin’ that’s like a natural hole, like this, see. You could easily fit this on a branch. But, if it’s not big enough, you can just easily put a hook in it to hang it on your tree. Look how cute this is. I really love this cheese grater, honestly. Hey, and a cookie cutter. See, and it doesn’t all have to hang like this, you could hang it sideways. These ornaments are so special to me, so these are actually old light bulbs from my hometown. We have this really cool tradition, where we have a huge courthouse and we hang lights from the top of the courthouse, and they go all the way around the perimeter of the square. And these are the actual light bulbs that used to hang on the courthouse. We transitioned to LED light bulbs a couple of years ago, and so what they did was they took old light bulbs and they made ’em into ornaments and sold them, so they could do a fundraiser to do things all around the town. I know not every hometown does it, but I have seen people take some of their grandmother’s or grandfather’s old big, fat Christmas lights, ’cause those are like super popular from the 60s and 70s, and make ornaments out of them. So if you have some of those hanging around, or you see ’em at a yard sale, that’s a really cool way to repurpose stuff and make ornaments like this of your own. Ya’ll know me, I love food. So over the years, since I’ve grown up and gotten my own adult tree, I have started collecting food-themed ornaments. Look at this, it is a doughnut truck. Doughnuts on wheels! My personal favorite though, corn on a stick. Ya’ll, if you don’t have a food tree, you’re not doin’ it right, I’m just sayin’. This is one of my all-time favorite ornaments, because ya’ll know me, I work for Southern Living. This is the Southern Living big white cake, it’s so special. No tree is complete without the topper. Some people like to go the traditional route and do angels or stars. I love to get creative with my toppers. In years past, I have repurposed deer antlers, but this year, to keep with my food theme, whisks! They’re tied together with ribbon and bread ties. So, here we go, wish me luck. Now that my tree is fully decorated, I am going to finish decking the rest of my halls, because I am in full Christmas mode. Thanks to the Portal from Facebook, my family was kind of here with me decorating, and I feel extra cozy and festive that I did not have to do this alone. Ya’ll also got to come with me. And I’m super pumped, because guess what, ya’ll get come with me every week in December. We’re gonna have an episode of what we are calling, “Cheers Ya’ll For the Holiday Season”. I am so excited to have ya’ll along in this Christmas season with me every single week. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to Southern Living on YouTube, and click the bell so you never miss an episode of “Hey Ya’ll”. Like, comment, subscribe, and share on all the platforms. We’re on Facebook and Instagram too. We will see you next week on “Cheers Ya’ll”. Merry Christmas!