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What does “House Warming” actually mean?

by | Sep 3, 2023

Chances are you have been in the situation to buy a more or less traditional gift for a friend who has just moved into a new place, sometimes even in the context of a party. But what is this so-called “House Warming” anyway? In today’s post, we want to take a closer look at the origins of this tradition.

Fireplace house warming

The tradition of House Warming

The ceremonial warming of a new home after a move does probably not come to mind as the first purpose of a house warming party. Especially in warmer climates like here in Florida, this seems like a pretty unusual reason to throw a party. In wide parts of the world, modern amenities like central heating take care of such issues.

Traditionally though, the literal heating of a home was what took place on such occasions. Guests would come over and bring firewood as a gift, and fires were lit in the fireplaces of the new residence.

Aside from the very practical reasons for this tradition, the idea of lighting a fire in a new home (sometimes simply in the form of candles) also had a spiritual/supernatural background, as the warmth of the fire was supposed to ward off evil spirits.

Another frequent aspect in the context of moving to a new home is the cooking/serving of food as well as bringing certain food items as a gift to new homeowners/residents.

Like many traditions, the concept of house warming (or “housewarming”) has taken on many forms over the centuries and across cultures, some of a more secular, some of a more religious nature. There are, for example, several house blessing practices, varying according to the respective faith.

Are you ready for your new home?

You can find out more about house warming traditions and practices in our link list below.

However, before you can celebrate the move into your new home, there’s the issue of actually moving there. This is where the dedicated specialists of Brothers EZ Moving come in. Contact us for your free moving quote as well as further information!

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