Step 2: Rescue peels from trash, and throw into pan.
Step 3: Cut up shriveled apples that were mistakenly not thrown out earlier this week.
Step 4: Add cinnamon sticks and a few anise seeds. Cover with water and set to simmer.
Step 5: Pause every 3 minutes to sniff the air appreciatively. Somehow even washing dishes seems more festive now :)
blaring playing of Christmas music is also helpful.