Years ago, while studying scripture, we learned about 0rientalisms in the bible from Bishop K C Pillai.
For special occasions, especially birthdays, instead of receiving gifts, the celebrant would give away either of his own ware, or something purchased just for this occasion to thank God for one more year of life and health.
So since it’s my birthday weekend, I’m giving away branches of oregano ( get a recipe too) and we’ll see what else from this week’s harvest! We’ll also be giving away samples of Quit Snivelin Local Tea! Spread the herb!
PS: For more information on this tradition see http://www.biblecustoms.org/bishop-kc-pillai/orientalisms/isaiah-55-1-buy-without-money