пятница, 24 июня 2011 г.

Decor 101: The Housewarming party

For the majority of American families moving houses happens much more frequently than for Ukrainian or Russian families. A relocation is usually associated with a different stage in life. For instance, eager to enjoy their independence, young adults move in pursuit of education (or perhaps just the fun student life), new career opportunities, and marriage. On the contrary, senior citizens choose relocation as a way of coping with their "empty nest" feeling once the children are gone or in an attempt to improve their health (in this case they follow their doctor's advice to move into a warmer climate).

Even though a relocation inevitably brings a lot of hassle into people's steady lifestyles, it can easily inspire people with a multitude of decorating ideas on how to make a new cozy home out of yet another "empty box." In hope to participate in this significant event, friends and family can sometimes initiate a "housewarming party" for those getting ready to move. Generally, a housewarming party is held within 60 days of relocating in a new residence. The term was coined from a tradition of bringing firewood as gifts for new home-owners back in the days when central heating was rare. Firewood provided warmth and additionally was believed to protect the new house from the evil spirits, hence the term "housewarming."

Nowadays the origins of the term are long-forgotten, but the tradition still remains, perhaps, slightly modified and modernized. To make the purchasing of gifts easier, the new home-owners enter all items they need into a registry at one of the larger stores websites (see target website as an example). Prior to shopping the guests can go online and enter the registry number to see what's available and what's already been purchased. The database is constantly updated whenever somebody buys an item, thus it is very unlikely for people to end up with the same two items. People may continue celebrating their move over the first three months after relocation.