Housewarming

I’ve been invited to a friends housewarming today.

This isn’t their first home, but it is their first home with their new partner.

Because both of them have had their own places before they don’t really need stuff for their house – in fact they’ve probably got two of most things!

So – what to get them?

I did some research on traditional house warming presents and saw that there is a centuries old traditions for giving salt (for flavour) honey (for sweetness) bread (for sustenance) a candle (for light) a broom (for a clean start) and wine (for prosperity).

So I decided to make them up a little gift basket, but mixed it up a little. I put most of the stuff mentioned in (salt,honey,candle and wine) but I swapped pasta for bread (‘cos it lasts longer) and a duster for the broom (‘cos it didn’t fit in my basket) and then threw in a few more bits that represented other things I wished for them. I also put in some chilli sauce, some headache pills.

Here’s the little poem I wrote to go with it and explain it all

Here’s a candle for wishes of light

A duster to clean and keep things bright

A meal so you’ll always have something to eat

Honey to make sure life’s always sweet

There’s salt for flavour and wine for treats

Spice for adventure and plenty of heat

Last but not least are some headache pills,

to soothe your aches and cure your ills.

Have adventures,explore and roam,

but always come back to a happy home.

What would you put in the basket?

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