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10 June 2020 – House Warming

10 June 2020 – House Warming

Today I’ve been practicing the art of the house warming blessing. I have a new neighbour moving in today and never one to pass up a folklore opportunity, I left them a small, socially distanced gift first thing. Three to be precise.

Before today, my only touchstone for house warming blessings was It’s a Wonderful Life, although I do have a vague memory of somebody giving my Mum some salt on one of our many house moves. 

Ever wary of gluten free teetotallers, rather than leaving vino and a bap, I looked up a few alternatives, and landed on a candle and a coin. So now my new neighbour has salt so their life may always have flavour, a candle so their home may always be full of light, and an Australian dime so they may always dwell in good fortune. 

I also left them a note saying that if they’re ever beset by witches, I have something for that too. They’ve not introduced themselves yet. I can’t think why.


Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

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