So sweet are the old sayings, “It’s the thought that counts” and “As long as it comes from the heart.”  Those sayings go hand in hand with another oldie but goodie: “You can wrap shit up in a pretty bow, but it will still stink.” I’ve tried to make my own Christmas gifts before, and I’d like to apologize to anyone who has ever received a lopsided crocheted cap or a batch of slightly burned cookies.