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Traditional House Warming Gifts
One of the more popular requests that I have received via email has to do with traditional house warming gifts. The tradition of giving a new homeowner a gift goes back centuries. In today's standards many people might find these gifts a bit peculiar, but there is significance behind each item that will mean more to a new homeowner than any gift you could give them.
This custom and tradition is not just something that Italians did. In fact there are various cultures that also give gifts to a person who purchased a new home. I can remember that when someone bought a new home you would give that person a broom, salt and bread as a gift, but as you can see below these are not the only items that one can give. I am sure this is not a complete list of items that one can give a new homeowner. If there is a traditional gift or custom that your family does for new homeowners please send me an email message listing the item and the significance of this gift so I can update this list for others to continue this tradition.
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