When I was growing up, one of my very favorite holiday-time projects was making pomander balls.
My mom would put out a bowl of oranges and give both my sister and me small dishes filled with cloves. We’d use toothpicks to pre-prick the oranges with patterns and then would poke cloves into those spots. When they were all done, we’d roll them in a mix of ground cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and then set them around the house in small saucers.
They were time consuming, but I loved making them. Nothing smells quite so much like the Christmas season to me than the combination of orange and spice.