This year, I attended a wonderful wedding and as expected, the gifts (guests brought for the Bride & Groom) were all beautifully wrapped, in a sea of silvers, golds and white on the reception table.
But, there was one gift that caught everyone’s attention. It was SO unique , not only in its color and gift wrap, but also in its contents. It was brought from Holland by the Dutch relatives of the Groom’s Mother. 🙂 Before these relatives traveled from Holland to attend the wedding, they purchased and then, stuffed their suitcases with every possible Dutch product they could fit in. The gift basket overflowed with all of their thoughtful goodies… things like a clock and cups, with the traditional Dutch Delft pattern on them. But, there were also many traditional Dutch treats (cheeses, chocolates, tea and crackers, etc.) that the Groom was familiar with because his mother made sure he was continually aware of his heritage, while growing up.
I was fortunate enough to be a small part of the gift when the Mother of the Groom asked me to put the finishing (gift wrap) touches on her family’s gift by arranging it in the basket, wrapping it up and making a gift tag and bow to add. I remember thinking what a great idea this gift was because it not only pleased the Groom, but also provided him with everything he needed to share the story of his heritage and childhood traditions with his new wife. So, if your family consists of relatives from another country (either in this generation or one in the past), keep this idea in mind when someone in your family gets married. Consider the idea of beginning a new tradition by giving them their “Heritage” as a wedding gift. It will be remembered for many more years than a blender, I promise you!