The Gift of Bread at Christmas

December 2018 - Feature Article
by Karen Whiting

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December 2018 - Feature Article

I grew up making bread with family, especially with my grandma who owned a restaurant. She usually doubled her recipes to make multiple loaves. One day I asked, “Grandma why do you always make at least two loaves of bread?”

She smiled, “Two loaves are always better. Then we have one to give to someone who needs it.” She’d circle one month and six months on her calendar after a family lost a loved one, and brought them bread on those days. When she met someone new, she usually gifted them with bread. She mailed missionaries bread she baked in coffee tins and found many other reasons to give bread.

I gift people with bread too, especially at Christmas. I bake lots of Christmas breads, including a cranberry macadamia nut bread (see recipe below) and a sweet braided bread I shape into trees, candy canes, and hearts. Sometimes I make my loaves into muffins and create muffin bouquets by securing muffins to rounded Styrofoam balls with toothpicks and adding tiny decorations. I give neighbors bread along with a card. It’s a great time to chat and share a little faith.

Did you know the word Bethlehem means house of bread? The prophet Micah proclaimed Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus centuries before the event took place.

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