I have simmered this mixture on the stove , at Christmas time, for 30 years. It is the best, and makes our home smell so good.
4 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
3 oranges, quartered
Fill pan up with water, bring to boil, and simmer all day. Use for two days. If you want to freshen it up, add some ground cinnamon and a sliced apple.