Thursday, August 28, 2014

Anniversay Traditions

There is something in me that loves traditions.  I don't know what it is.  Maybe it's the rule follower in me.  Maybe it's my interest in history and things of the past, not sure.  In honor of Martin and I's anniversary coming up on Monday I shared our wedding story yesterday, and thought I would continue the theme today with Anniversary Traditions.

I always remembered when I was younger my grandma gifting my parents certain things on their anniversaries, my mom would mention "this is what your supposed to get when you've been married ___ years."

As my own anniversary approaches I was curious about these anniversary traditions, so I decided to look a little bit more into it.  It turns out these traditions have been going on for centuries, practiced slightly different around the world, and through the decades, but all with the same general meaning.  To help celebrate the passing of another year together special gifts are assigned, each with their own symbol and meaning.  In the US the gifts start simple and gradually increase with significance and value over time.  It's said that this reflects the investment that the couples give of themselves to each other over the years of the marriage.

Now days there is a modern year by year gift list that has also been put together by researchers at the Chicago Public Library, but I like the idea of sticking to tradition!

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Checkout my Pinterest board where I have gathered together some ideas for year number 2, cotton.

Are you one to follow tradition?


  1. Love this! And I love your cotton ideas. We're thinking of doing plane tickets for our "paper anniversary"...but we really need to figure out where we're going to go!

  2. I love that there is a traditional and modern list! This is so neat!

  3. Plane tickets is a great paper idea, love it! Can't wait to see where you decide to go!

  4. I also found out there are traditional anniversary flowers by year too, so many things I didn't know!

  5. I think I have this pinned, too. It's so helpful!