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The History Of The Housewarming Party And Traditional Gift Ideas

Dated: 11/04/2013

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Everyone has heard of it, everyone has gone to one. But what is it? Why do we do it? But most importantly, where does it come from? A House Warming Party is something that has been around for a while with their origins being unknown other than it’s believed to have been a tradition that started in France. A Housewarming party as traditionally known must take place within approximately 180 days after moving into a new home. The term “housewarming” itself is descended literally from the act of “warming” a new home, a long time ago, in the days before central heating. Old friends and new neighbors from around the community would bring firewood, and build fires in all the available fireplaces, offering the firewood as a gift. Besides from the act of warming the home, it was believed that in the warming of the house, with warmth and friendship the party would also repeal evil spirits. Houses that sat uninhabited were considered to be the occupants of “spirits” and would require a certain level of clearing out before being occupied by children.These days, we have central heating, so a formal “warming ceremony” really isn’t required. But it can certainly be a great reason to get together and show your new place off, as well as meet some new friends, and have a party. Gifts are always a great idea when attending a House Warming Party, and you can never go wrong with a nice bottle of wine, or a case of beer. But if you’re looking for some neat, and traditional housewarming ideas, then take a look at these traditional housewarming ideas.

1. Pineapple

So this one seems a little bit odd I know. But this tradition started back in the days of Christopher Columbus who first stumbled upon the pineapple when he landed on the Caribbean island of Guadalupe. Once Guadalupe was an established port more and more seafarers started to visit and they couldn’t resist taking the fruit home with them, the pineapple over the years became a symbol of hospitality. Sailors would place pineapples outside their gates to announce their safe return and invite friends to visit. Today, a fresh pineapple serves as a warm welcome to any new homestead. It’s not uncommon to see pictures and statues built or painted around homes.
The pineapple has indeed a colorful history spanning from colonial times and is today heralded as the princess of fruits and credited as the symbol of hospitality and welcome.

2. Bread, Salt and Wine

A gift of salt, bread and wine is a longstanding housewarming tradition, and Churches in Northwest Florida are certainly fans of this tradition. The thought behind these three simple, but very good gifts are as followed: Bread – that this house may never know hunger. Salt – that life may always have flavor. Wine – that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”

3. Acorns

This gift has its roots in Germany, as the legend of the oak tree being the “tree of heaven.” The Ancient Norsemen adopted the acorn as a protective symbol and placed the nuts across their windowsills to ward off evil spirits. The next time you look around stores with household decorations you’ll notice a wide array of acorn-themed housewares, from cake pans to cookie cutters to bookends. Now you know why!
Acorns were thought to protect ancient Norsemen from Thor the god of thunderAcorns were thought to protect ancient Norsemen from Thor, the god of thunder.

4. Candles

Why doesn’t like candles? Candles represent light and warmth, and are a common housewarming gift in many cultures,  in the wish that new homes will always be full of joy and light.

5. Live Plants

If you’re going to a housewarming party of someone you know, and they have a green thumb, then you should consider some live plants for your gift. Live plants serve both a symbolic and a decorative purpose. Plants represent life, fertility and prosperity, and have a long history as housewarming gifts.

6. Brooms

The theory to prepare the home for Children, this ones a good one, and while you may not be sweeping out spirits, it is a good idea to sweep out whatever dust or trash the previous owners may left you. Now, I know that giving someone a broom isn’t necessarily an attractive gift, experienced homeowners will quickly come to appreciate a high-quality broom, or you can go get a “decorative broom” and leave a card with the meaning behind it.A “burden basket” at the front door invites guests to leave their troubles outside.

7. Baskets

The Apache Indians had “burden baskets” to gather fruits, nuts and berries. Today, homeowners of all nationalities frequently place burden baskets at their front door to capture the worries and stresses of daily life. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to preserve the home’s harmony by leaving burdens at the door. Woven baskets also symbolize wholeness, togetherness, and family.So here’s the history behind the Housewarming party tradition, as well as some gift ideas for you if you’ve been invited to one. Remember, that the greatest gift that you can give someone is friendship and a helping hand, so if you get invited to one last minute, don’t stress!

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