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By carol_dunham

Tradition

A mundane sort of day today just sorting things out!! Not certain I’ve actually achieved anything tangible but some things did get thrown out.

I’m a great traditionalist but was a bit stumped at how to portray by photograph the theme of Tradition at Wide Wednesday and spent half the day racking my brains. My eureka moment came after lunch (food works wonders) when the traditional gifts associated with certain wedding anniversaries came to mind.

Many, many moons ago a little girl saved all her pocket money (well wages actually as she was paid 10p a room to dust and hoover the bedrooms) so she could buy her Mam and Dad a wedding anniversary present. Off she headed to the high street where the kindly Mrs Simpson took her in hand and guided her to the pocket money priced goods. After ascertaining that it was to be a 15th anniversary with the traditional gift being crystal the blue dish which the little girl liked (and more importantly could afford) seemed perfect for the occasion.

Forty five years later said little girl unearthed the dish stored carefully in the china cabinet and now uses it herself to store her car keys.

TRADITIONAL ANNIVERSARY GIFTS BY YEAR:
1ST YEAR: Paper
2ND YEAR: Cotton
3RD YEAR: Leather
4TH YEAR: Fruit & Flowers, or Linen & Silk
5TH YEAR: Wood
6TH YEAR: Iron / Candy
7TH YEAR: Wool/ Copper
9TH YEAR: Pottery
10TH YEAR: Tin/ Aluminum
11TH YEAR: Steel
12TH YEAR: Silk
13TH YEAR: Lace
14TH YEAR: Ivory
15TH YEAR: Crystal
20TH YEAR: China
25TH YEAR: Silver
30TH YEAR: Pearl
35TH YEAR: Coral
40TH YEAR: Ruby
45TH YEAR: Sapphire
50TH YEAR: Gold
55TH YEAR: Emerald
60TH YEAR: Diamond


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