Before all you “old timers” fall over, or work yourself into a lather, yes it’s me. Guenzilla strikes again. And I knew that when I needed a question answered, there was no other place to go…
To the point:
For as long as I can remember, my family has had a tradition of giving a gift basket containing bread, wine and salt as a housewarming gift. I have no idea why.
All I know is that when anybody we know purchases a new home, or moves into a new apartment, we always take them a purty basket of these items. The recipients are always happy to get it and seem to just know WHY they get this stuff, and accept it gleefully.
I don’t know if it is a cultural thing, based on either the Italian or Jewish sides of my family (or a combination of both), or if it is that my mother was notoriously cheap when it came to gift giving.
I’ve asked my (Italian) maternal grandmother why, and all she has ever said is, “because that’s what you are supposed to do.” Thanks, Emma. sigh
Unfortunately, my paternal grandmother (Jewish) passed away a long time ago, so asking her would involve a seance. But the weird thing is BOTH grandmothers did it! (Except the italian grandmother used a loaf of Italian bread, and the Jewish grandmother used the, um… flat bread?)
So, I come to you, oh great Cecil, and your teeming millions for a little help in explaining WHY I have to do this!!! (Other than the fact the stereo typical reaction to NOT doing it would be that my genetic/cultural influences would pre-dispose me to a double dose of guilt should I not follow thru on these tradtitions.)
I shall await your replies with anxious anticipation.
Yes, it’s me.