It’s our third wedding anniversary today and yesterday someone asked what anniversary it was and I replied that it was the third. “I know that you idiot, which gift is it?” was the response. I am not ashamed to admit that I didn’t know the answer to this but being a curious kind of chap I looked it up and I found that it was leather. I have to be honest it’s not the best year is it? Here have something that died, smells and is often used to make belts to commemorate your third wedding anniversary. It doesn’t give me that whole warm married glow that’s to be sure although I have my wife to do that (bonus points when she reads this).
So leather isn’t very interesting but I did find out something slightly more interesting for the purpose of this blog while I was looking that up. Thinking about it now it is probably slightly inevitable but the UK and USA have different gifts for different years. Diligent research (okay it was on Wikipedia) has indicated that the differences between our two great cultures extends to cotton and paper being a different way round (exciting I know) and a number of other small differences. If you can’t contain your excitement at this knowledge I have included a table at the bottom with the all important information in.
I discovered that the eighth anniversary in the UK is a salt anniversary. Now I like salt as much as the next person but isn’t that a little bit rubbish? Better make sure you have fish and chips for your anniversary dinner so you can use your rare commodity. Although the sixth anniversary gift in the UK is sugar and i’ll have that in the form of chocolate thank you very much. The sixth anniversary gift in the US is iron and you can’t eat nails so I think our anniversary is definitely going to be British that year.
Anyway I have already bored myself of this topic and my final observation is that clearly the whole wedding anniversary gift thing is rather quaint and archaic. The important thing to me is that my wife has put up with me for three years and long may she continue to do so (I hope). Our marriage is clearly the most important thing for Transatlantic relations since 1812 so you had better all hope that it continues in the name of peace. 😛
The table that may or may not be reliable and you can blame Wikipedia if it isn’t.
|4th||Fruit and flowers||Linen, silk|