Stud your clementine with cloves and call it a pomander.
Repetitive, delightfully aromatic, and mindless enough to do while chatting with loved ones, enjoying a bit of bourbon, or both. Also, what I am doing tonight because it’s dark and cold and I don’t have a TV. And maybe tomorrow night if my friends are up for it.
Try setting out big bowls of clementines and cloves at a party and see what your guests come up with.
To make a clementine pomander, poke holes in your clementine with an awl or some other sharp pointy thing. I like to make the holes as close together as possible without breaking the skin between them so the pomander ends up almost totally covered with cloves. Stick cloves in the holes. Let the pomander dry in a warm dry place for a few weeks until it’s hard. Sniff.
Happy Winter Solstice!