Our good camping friends from the North Country came for a visit yesterday. We had a great lunch at the Portsmouth Brewery and a wonderful afternoon of catching up on family activities.
They brought us a surprise basket. Packed inside was: chocolate fudge, bread and butter pickets, relish, peach jam, apple jelly, strawberry jam, applesauce, honey and maple syrup.
She made all the jams, jellies, applesauce, pickles and relish. They bought the beautiful jar of honey from friends, and he made the absolutely delicious fudge.
The maple syrup came from sap collected from their miles of lines, and boiled in their sugar shack right on their property.
If you’ve never had New Hampshire Maple Syrup on your pancakes and waffles, you haven’t had ‘real’ maple syrup.
I know some people like their surprises and gifts delivered from an online company or bought at the mall. But, I’ll take mine from friends who bring them from their home to ours and seal each jar with love and friendship.
Isn’t that what the true spirit of Christmas is all about? Family, friendship, caring and sharing.
May someone in your life bless you with a surprise gift made by hand and sent with sincere good wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.