Every year at the Nuernberger Weinachtsmarkt (Nurenberg Christmas Market), it's a tradition to do Christmas shopping while drinking Gluehwein (trans: Glow Wine). The reason it's called "glow" wine is because it's warm, and the alcohol gives everyone's cheeks a nice warm glow.
At our house, it's also a tradition to drink Gluehwein in the lead up to Christmas. Today, I started off the season by making a fresh batch and sharing it with my roommates. In fact, I'm drinking it right now.
2 bottles dry red wine (1.5L)
1/2c white sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cloved orange, quartered
Combine water and sugar. Add cinnamon and orange quarters. Heat until boiling. Once the water is boiling, take out the oranges. Pour in the 2 bottles of wine. Squeeze the orange quarters and place everything back into the pot, and stir. Heat the mixture until just warm.
Strain into mugs.