Thursday, October 15, 2009

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house warming gift

This summer a friend of mine bought a new home and I put together a house warming gift for her. I didn't think it was anything too special, but she loved it, and a couple of the guests commented on it so here it is.

I got this idea from a Jewish tradition I had read about where they would take symbolic gifts to new neighbors to help them bless their homes. Or you may recognize it from the scene in "It's A Wonderful Life," when Mary And George Bailey welcome the Martini family to their new home with three symbolic gifts and a brief, heartfelt speech. "Bread, that this house may never know hunger," they say. "Salt, that life may always have flavor. And wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever." I got a cute little basket at the store and bought some cute jars.

house warming basket

This is a wonderful gift to give to hosts that will be throwing all those holiday parties we will all be attending.

The Symbolism:

Bread- that your home will never know hunger.
Broom- that you will be able to sweep out the old to bring in the new
Candles- that light will always prevail in your home.
Flour- that your home will always have plenty
Salt- that your home will be a small sanctuary
Sugar- that your home will hold sweet memories

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