Did you ever wonder what happened to the Christmas presents?
I know (hangs head in shame).
I said all those handmade gifts were just a post away.
The videos and the book and the pantry and the dining room got in the way.
So I’m celebrating Christmas in January with you today.
On Christmas morning, my brother handed me a box wrapped up with ribbons and string and told me not to get excited because he felt like his gift this year was nothing special. He shrugged and looked sheepish and explained that he wasn’t sure if I’d like it.
I smiled to myself.
He says that every year.
He’s funny and smart and makes me laugh and has eyes that twinkle and a grin that makes you want to grin back.
He’s the most humble amazing person I know.
And his gift is woodworking.
He can take a few simple pieces of wood and make something like this.
A tea caddy.
And those letters? They aren’t glued on (although that might be an awesome DIY idea of you didn’t have a brother giving you one for Christmas).
The letters are routed out from a piece of wood. You can see the simple sanding marks around each letter. He made the box and then he made mini-boxes and routed out the front of them. And when you open up the boxes?
There are tiny tea bags inside.
When I opened it and looked at it, I could see him in his workshop. The hours it must have taken to make a piece like this. I could see him nailing and routing and putting each piece together and then sanding it all by hand.
He was right.
The gift wasn’t anything simple.
Nothing simple at all.
It couldn’t be simple because my wonderful, incredible, humble Christmas gifter of a brother….
….IT WAS TOO BUSY BEING AMAZING.
Here’s my tea from this morning.
Just sitting on the kitchen counter waiting for me to take a sip. And when I did something amazing happened.
It must have been the cuteness of the caddy….
….but it tasted even yummier. 🙂
PS I love you Mark.
You are forever and ever my heart.
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