In the very first post I ever created for this blog, I included a traditional housewarming gift. Relocating, or ‘moving house’ — as my British friends call it — can be a whirlwind-y stressful process. Time-honored, traditional gifts can be a reminder of the truly important things in life. These classic items are even mentioned in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when George and Mary give the Martinis a gift of bread, salt and wine.
Wine – So you will never go thirsty.
Bread – So you will never go hungry.
Salt – It represents life’s tears, may they always be happy ones. (You can also use a pinch at threshold of each door and window for good luck.)
Candle – May you always have light.
Coin – May it bring good fortune.
Broom – With it, sweep away the evil.
Honey –It represents the sweetness of life.
In Jewish traditions, salt represents ‘home’ as sanctuary. In other traditions, it is meant to ensure luck, or seen as a reassurance that this home always have flavor or ‘spice.’
Whatever meaning you assign to these gifts, the thought behind them will surely be received with open arms, and remembered as thoughtful mementos to honor a milestone for new home owners.