Can you beat this for beauty?
I mean, really, what better way to show your affection for someone than giving something you’ve grown or made at holiday (or any) time?
This stunning garlic braid hangs in my daughter and son-in-law’s kitchen. They’re reminded every day of their friends who grew these bulbs outside their back door, and then one day took time to braid them beautifully together.
And every time Rebecca and Rob snip off one of these 24 beautiful babies, their friends come to mind.
For Christmas, Merle’s one brother usually gives each of us a loaf of whole wheat bread he’s just made. It is flat-out scrumptious, whether or not he includes a jar of jam that he and his wife have made from their berry patch.
I love that a real part of life comes with these gifts from kitchens and gardens. These gifts are basic. And direct.
Don’t worry about being fancy if you’re thinking about going into your kitchen and stirring up some homemade gifts. Show me a gift that is more satisfying to give or receive than one you’ve made or grown.
It’s your time that’s a gift, too, along with the tasty pleasures. That’s what puts these gifts in a world beyond advertising and corporate profits.
These are gifts of a different language.