How to personalise commemorative gifts for couples can seem complicated however there are very few formal rules. If you have your own special words for personalising your flutes then great, if you need some inspiration please read on.
Specialising in Anniversaries we have seen many variations on engraving requests. By far the most common and possibly the best is
the first line the couple’s first names,
the second line ‘Congratulations on your’
the third lines used to mention the occasion such as their Anniversary or wedding day.
the fourth line used for the Celebration’s Date.
If you want to include a date it’s easy for the wedding however if it is for the anniversary remember to ensure the date is correct. For example if you mention the Anniversary then the date should be the date of the anniversary and not the wedding date. So lets say the couple in Question are celebrating their Silver Wedding (25th Anniversary) having got married on 19th June 1994 you would include Silver Wedding, 19th June 2019.
Commemorative Gifts Best Engraved Format
To ensure the best impact and most pleasing engraving here are some simple rules
Use proper sentence case text
Use long form dates e.g 21st rather than 21, August rather than 8 and 2020 rather than 20.
Standard English Date format is Day, Month, Year. So 21st August 2020 is correct for above example.
Formal Names, although not required, are Male first, Female second.
If you are wondering about any other text you would like to include but not sure then check out advice related to wedding or party invitations, this advice is often directly transportable on engraved products especially if you want to use formal wording.
Mothers Day in the UK is also known as Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK. However as the dates vary as to when Lent falls, the actual Sunday chosen to celebrate it varies every year.
This year Mother’s Day is on 31st March 2019 and next year it is a week earlier on 22nd March. The leap year next year makes it look like it is not seven days earlier. (See here for the next 10 years)
Mothering Sunday is more often referred to as “Mother’s Day” and it origin is distinctly different to Mother’s Day in America although the sentiments are similar.
In Victorian times, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and cards to their mothers.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
We’ve a great selection of Mother’s Day Gifts on our site some of our selection we’ve shown here.
Spring Garden Bone china Vase
Our Spring Garden range is a colourful design to brighten up any home
Most Sundays in the year churchgoers would worship at their nearest parish or “daughter church”.
In olden times it was considered important for people to return to their home or “mother” church
at least once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their “mother”
As the return to the “mother” church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away from home returned. It was quite common in those days for children as young as ten years to leave home to work in service.
The majority of historians think that it was this return to the “Mother” church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.
This special day has now become a time when people give thanks to their mothers and offers an opportunity to express both love and thanks for the work that they do.
Chinese New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of the New Year on the Chinese Calendar. Referred to as the Spring Festival in China it is also known as the Lunar New Year or New Year Festival. Traditionally it was a fifteen day festival ending with the Lantern Festival on the evening of the 15th day. The first day of the Chinese New Year is on the start of the second new moon after the winter solstice. This typically falls between 21st January and 20th February every year however is more likely to be in the early days of February rather than the earlier or later dates.
Myths and Legends of Chinese New Year
Mythology states, the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebrations started with a beast called the Nian. The Nian would appear yearly and eat people from the village, especially children. One year, to prevent this, the villagers decided to go hide from the beast. An elderly man appeared before the villagers went into hiding and said that he was going to stay to get revenge on the Nian. The villagers thinking he was mad dismissed him. The old man put red papers up and set off firecrackers all night.
In the morning light, the people came back to their village to see that everything was fine. From this they deduced the old man was probably a God who helped to save them. Given what the deity had done the people learned that the Nian was afraid of the colour red and loud noises. Thus when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows & doors, and wear red clothing. The villagers also used fireworks and firecrackers to scare away the Nian. From then on, the Nian never came to the village again.
Chinese New Year Public holidays
Chinese New Year is observed as an official public holiday in a large number of countries and territories across Asia. As Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar cycle it falls on different dates on the Gregorian calendar every year, some of these public holidays the government opts to shift in order to accommodate a longer public holiday (never fifteen days though.) Typically a public holiday is added on the following work day when the New Year falls on a weekend, as in most of Europe for their New Year’s Day holiday.
Chinese New Year Red envelopes
Traditionally, red envelopes or red packets are given at the new year typically the old give these to the young as a symbol of good luck and to warn off evil spirits. Known as lai see (Cantonese dialect) or angpow (Hokkien dialect/Fujian), or hongbao (Mandarin)
It is custom for Red packets to contain money, always given in an even amount, as odd numbers are associated with cash given during funerals in China. The number 8 is considered lucky (In Chinese it sounds similar to the word for wealth,) and an amount with 8 is commonly found in the red envelopes. The number six is also considered lucky as it sounds like smooth in the Chinese dialect, in the sense of having a smooth year. Four or giving in groups of four is taboo because its homophone is “death.”
Across Asia, odd and even numbers are determined by the significant digit, rather than the last digit. for example ten and thirty, are odd numbers. Having stated this, it is common and quite acceptable to give cash gifts in a red packet using a single bank note with ten or fifty yuan notes used frequently. Wherever possible the currency should be brand new printed money. As everything regarding the New Year has to be new in order to have good luck and fortune. Sometimes chocolate coins are placed in the red packet for the young or those with no concept of money.
The act of asking for red packets is not a taboo although only within the family generally. A married person would not turn down such a request as it would mean that they would be “out of luck” in the new year. Red packets are generally given by married couples to the younger, unmarried children of the family. It is custom and polite for the children to wish the gifter a happy new year and a year of happiness, health and good fortune before accepting the red envelope. Traditionally the Red envelopes are then placed under their pillow; sleeping on them for seven nights after Chinese New Year before opening as it symbolises good luck and fortune.
Other Traditional Chinese New Year Gifts
Chinese candy box
In addition to red envelopes, which are usually given from older people to younger people, small gifts (typically food or sweets) are also exchanged between friends or in-laws during Chinese New Year. Gifts are usually presented when visiting friends or relatives at their homes. Common gifts include fruits, cakes, biscuits, chocolates and candies.
Certain items are considered bad luck and should not be given. Taboo gifts include:
Items that show that time is running out (i.e. clocks and watches)
Sharp objects that symbolise severing a relationship (i.e. scissors and knives)
Items that symbolise that you want to walk away from a relationship (examples: shoes and sandals)
Mirrors, thought to attract bad spirits which could make changes for the worse.
Items associated with funerals (i.e. handkerchiefs, towels, chrysanthemums, items coloured white and black)
Items that sound similar to unpleasant topics in the local dialect(e.g. In Chinese “clock” sounds like “the funeral ritual”, “handkerchief” sounds like “goodbye”, “pear” sounds like “separate”, and “umbrella” sounds like “disperse”).
Chinese New Year’s Eve
Chinese New Year’s Eve is traditionally the time for the annual reunion dinner. Dishes consisting of special meats are served at the tables, as a main course for the dinner and offering for the New Year. This meal is comparable to Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. or Christmas dinner.
In the north of China, it is customary to make jiaozi, dumplings after dinner to eat around midnight. Dumplings symbolise wealth because their shape resembles a Chinese Sycee which was an ancient form of currency in China. In contrast, in Southern China, it is customary to make a sweet rice cake (Nian gao) and send pieces of it as gifts to relatives and friends in the following days. Nian Gao literally means “new year cake” and sounds like a meaning of “increasingly prosperous year in, year out.”
Traditionally, in a ritual called “opening the door of fortune” firecrackers were lit to scare away evil spirits with the household doors sealed, not to be reopened until the new morning. Also a tradition of going to bed late on New Year’s Eve, or even keeping awake the whole night and morning, known as shou sui is still practised widely for luck as it is thought to add on to your parents’ longevity.
Chinese New Year Festival
Traditionally the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is a fifteen day festival, each day tends to have a different objective or purpose to focus minds and hearts on the year past and in the year coming.
Chinese New Year First day
The first day is for the welcoming of the gods of heaven and earth. Officially beginning at midnight, Beijing time it is a tradition to light fireworks, firecrackers and burn bamboo sticks. The purpose is to make as much of a din as possible to chase off the evil spirits as encapsulated by the Nian. Many Buddhists abstain from meat consumption on the first day because it is believed to ensure longevity for them. Some believe lighting fires and using knives on New Year’s Day is bad luck, so any food is cooked in the days before. Another thing to avoid on New Year’s day is the use the broom, as good fortune is not to be “swept away” symbolically.
Most importantly, the first day of Chinese New Year is used to honour one’s elders and families tend to visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended families, usually their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
For Buddhists, the first day is also the birthday of Maitreya Bodhisattva (Budai Luohan), the Buddha-to-be.
Families may invite a lion dance troupe as a symbolic ritual to usher in the Chinese New Year as well as to evict bad spirits from the premises. Chinese folklore call this the day of the chicken as when creating all living beings on earth, Nu Wa, a goddess in Chinese mythology, created the six creatures before human beings.
Chinese New Year Second day
The second day of the Chinese New Year, known as “beginning of the year” was when married daughters visited their birth parents, relatives and close friends. (Traditionally, married daughters didn’t have the opportunity to visit their birth families frequently.) Incense is also burned at the graves of ancestors as part of the offering and prayer rituals. Chinese folklore call this the day of the dog.
Chinese New Year Third day
The third day is known as Chigou’s Day. Chigou, literally “red dog”, is also know as the God of Blazing Wrath. Rural villagers continue the tradition of burning paper offerings over trash fires. It is considered an unlucky day to have guests or go visiting. This is also considered an auspicious day to visit the temple of the God of Wealth and have one’s future told. Folklore says the 3rd day is also “rat marriage day”, so people often go to bed earlier to give rats time for their wedding. Chinese folklore call this the day of the pig.
Chinese New Year Fourth day
The old saying “three rams bring bliss” is connected with the fourth day, which says that by making a good beginning a happy end comes.
The fourth day is when corporate “spring dinners” kick off and business typically returns to normal. In folklore, it is the day to welcome back the Kitchen God. On this day, the Kitchen God would check the household and therefore people should not leave home. Chinese folklore call this the day of the sheep.
Chinese New Year Fifth day
The fifth day is the God of Fortune’s birthday and people may celebrate this day with a large banquet. This day is also commonly known as the Festival of Po Wu, literally breaking five. According to custom, it is believed that many New Year taboos can be broken on this day. Chinese folklore call this the day of the cow.
Chinese New Year Sixth day
The sixth day is Horse’s Day. People throw out their rubbish stored up during the festival, their ragged clothes and other dirty things. The aim is to drive away the Ghost of Poverty. This reflects the desire of the Chinese people to send away poverty and welcome beautiful days with good luck in the New Year.
Chinese New Year Seventh day
The seventh day, traditionally known as Renri (the common person’s birthday), is the day when everyone grows one year older. People will traditionally eat noodles as they symbolise longevity in Chinese culture. Chinese folklore call this the day of man.
For many Chinese Buddhists, this is another day to avoid meat. The seventh day commemorating the birth of Sakra, lord of the devas in Buddhist cosmology. He is analogous to the Jade Emperor.
Chinese New Year Eighth day
According to Chinese folk proverbs, this day is similar to St Swithin’s Day in the UK, if this day is bright and clear the year will be a harvest year; however, if this day is cloudy or even rainy, the year will suffer from poor harvest.
People normally return to work by the eighth day. Store owners often host a lunch ordinner with their employees. Thanking their employees for the work they have done for the whole year.
Another family dinner may be held to celebrate the eve of the birth of the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven.
Chinese New Year Ninth day
The ninth day of the New Year is a day for Chinese to offer prayers to the Jade Emperor of Heaven in the Daoist Pantheon. The ninth day is the birthday of the Jade Emperor. This day, called Ti Kong Dan, is especially important to Hokkiens, even more important than the first day of the Chinese New Year.
Come midnight of the eighth day of the new year, Hokkiens will offer thanks to the Emperor of Heaven. A prominent requisite offering is sugarcane. Mythology says that the Hokkiens were spared from a massacre by Japanese pirates. They did this by hiding in a sugarcane plantation during the eighth and ninth days of the Chinese New Year. Since “sugarcane” is a near homonym to “thank you” in the Hokkien dialect, Hokkiens offer sugarcane on the eve of his birthday, symbolic of their gratitude.
There will be grand ceremonies in Taoist temples on this day, and ordinary families may also offer sacrifices to the Jade Emperor.
Chinese New Year Tenth day
The 10th day is believed to be the birthday of the God of Stone whom played a very important role in the rural society of ancient China.
On this day, people were forbidden to move any stone, including stone rollers, stone mills and herb grinders, and would not cut into a mountain for rock or build a house with rocks, otherwise bad things will happen to their crops. Incense and candles were also burned for the stones and offer pancakes to the God of Stone.
Chinese New Year Eleventh day
This day is for fathers-in-law (Yuefu ) to entertain sons-in-law (Nuxu.) People may also make offerings to Zi Gu, the guardian angel for wronged women, on the 11th day, A Goddess also known as the Goddess of Toilets. She appears in the form of a beautiful woman, her lower body wrapped in clouds. Rather this than sitting on the throne!
In many areas of China, after this day, people will prepare for the Lantern Festival marking the end of the celebrations.
Chinese New Year Fifteenth day
The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as Yuan Xiao Jie. Also known as “Shangyuan Festival” or the Spring Lantern Festival. Rice dumplings (tang yuan), a sweet glutinous rice ball cooked in a soup, are eaten this day. Since early morning, dragon and lion dancers parade on streets. In the evening families go out together to enjoy the full moon, appreciate colourful lanterns and also solve lantern riddles. In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, and only the Emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones. Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolise good fortune.
In China, Malaysia, and Singapore, this day is celebrated by individuals seeking a romantic partner, akin to Valentine’s Day. Single women typically write their contact number on mandarin oranges, throw them in a river or a lake for single men to collect and eat them. The taste is an indication of their possible love: sweet represents a good fate while sour represents a bad fate.
This day officially marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.
What is the Date of Chinese New Year
The date of Chinese New Year varies every year based on the Lunar cycle.
We’ve got lots of information on wedding anniversaries and their etiquette, through our continuing research we pick up the occasional snippet which we love, the Victorian marriage rhymes below refer to the best days and months to marry, did you chose right?
Monday for wealth Tuesday for health Wednesday the best day of all Thursday for losses Friday for crosses Saturday for no day at all
Marry in Lent, live to repent (Lent was thought an inappropriate time for a wedding, being a time of abstinence.)
Married in White, you have chosen right, Married in Grey, you will go far away, Married in Black, you will wish yourself back, Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead, Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Blue, your love will be true, Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl, Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Brown, you will live in the town, Married in Pink, your spirit will sink.
Married in White, you have chosen right, Married in Blue, your love will always be true, Married in Pearl, you will live in a whirl, Married in Brown, you will live in a town, Married in Red, you will wish yourself dead, Married in Yellow, ashamed of your fellow, Married in Green, ashamed to be seen, Married in Pink, your spirit will sink, Married in Grey, you will go far away, Married in Black, you will wish yourself back.
What Month to Marry in?
An old folklore poem is reproduced below citing whats months are the best to get wed and why, it’s not gospel however always fun to compare to your experiences.
January Marry when the year is new, he’ll be loving, kind and true.
February When February birds do mate, you wed nor dread your fate.
March If you wed when March winds blow, joy and sorrow both you’ll know.
April Marry in April if you can, joy for maiden and for man.
May Marry in the month of May, you will romance the day.
June Marry when June roses grow and over land and sea you’ll go.
July Those who in July do wed must labour for their daily bread.
August Whoever wed in August be, many a change is sure to see.
September Marry in September’s shine so that your life is rich and fine.
October If in October you do marry, love will come but riches tarry.
November If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember!
December When December’s snows fall fast, marry and your love will last.
The Original Newspapers we provide are the real McCoy in that they were printed on the day they were originally published thus they not only cover the actual news of the day they are also a genuine original of the paper from the published date.
We are teamed up with Historic Newspapers who hold the world’s largest private Newspaper Archive, they take great care with the original newspapers that are sourced from a number of sources, direct from the newspaper company at the original print time, from Library archives or other specialists.
We will supply a national newspaper from the date(s) you select. We normally select a Broadsheet as the first option moving to tabloids only when the broadsheets are not available. If you have a particular requirement for paper or have a passion to avoid one please let us know when you order and we’ll try our best to meet your requirements.
Why do you supply original newspapers?
Simple because they are a great gift idea, for Birthdays and especially for Wedding Anniversaries, I remember my Wedding day and I didn’t have time to sit and read the paper that day, even if you did would you take in any of the print as you mind wandered around you upcoming nuptials.
When Can I get My Newspaper?
We offer a number of Gift options to enable you to get the paper of your choice in a format you would prefer so there will be some slight variations on timescales however we endeavour to get you your copy within 4 business days from the time you provide us with the order details and clear payment has been received. If it is only the newspaper we’ll often achieve a 2-3 day turnaround.
Can you supply any Date?
No we can’t. As we said these are original newspapers and as such there is a limited amount dependant upon the print run for the specific date in question. Typically special event dates are non existent through us, by these we mean dates such as The Queen’s Coronation, Royal Weddings, End or starting of Wars, Moon Landings etc. You may be able to get a copy of these days from specialist web sites or even auction web sites sometimes have them however sadly the latter suffers from a lack of provenance to confirm the paper is original. Furthermore historically, newspapers were not published on Boxing Day so 26th December for any year is not available.
Sundays are Special
We also have to charge a surcharge for Sunday Newspapers due to their size and scarcity, typically this is £20 however may vary again depending upon the date being near a major event. Their size increases their storage and transport costs and their scarcity stems from lower volume print runs as less papers were purchased at the weekends in general.
My Date is not available what can I do?
We have had occasions when customer’s either have none or a very poor selection of tomes available. what we suggest is to get a Newspaper book which is a reproduction of the date you require along with two other dates typically both partners birth dates. If you would like just a single day in a book please contact us and we can discuss your requirements.
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There is a certain etiquette that has been established over time for thanking people who have given you a gift for your Anniversary or indeed any celebration.
The degree you go to will also vary depending upon your family and friends and if there are any developed conventions within your group.
Generally you should thank people if they have given you a gift, it is considered good manners to do so, who you thank them will again depend upon your social circle and the expectations they place upon you.
Below we’ve listed the best methods to use when thanking someone:
Hand-written note, hand delivered or posted.
Thank you Notelet, Hand written
eMail to their own (not business) account
Via public social Media
It is always good to mention the gift they gave and if possible never thank them in the 1st sentence of the letter. e.g. Dear Dave, What a lovely calendar you gave us this Christmas. Thank you.
We’re often asked what is the name or symbol of an anniversary of an event which do tend to vary depending upon the actual event e.g. if we were asked what is the 50th Anniversary we would say ‘Golden’ this is because we specialise in Wedding Anniversaries and 50 years is a Golden Wedding.
This however is not always the case as often the events also have other names which this post should hopefully clarify! The technical terms are more often than not derived from the Latin terms for the period.
Technical Term to use
Other Terms Used
Technically these are not anniversaries as less than a year has passed.
Every 3 months
Twice Yearly (every 6 months)
Latin contraction of de-quadrans which means “a whole unit less a quarter” (de means “from”; quadrans means “quarter”. 75 years is a quarter century less than a whole century or 75 = (-25 + 100)
Term broken down as sesqui- (one and a half) centennial (100 years)
Alternative Latin form
To express 2½ in Latin it would be expressed as “half-three”. The term relates to being halfway [from the second] to the third integer. In Latin this is “Sestertius” which is a contraction of semis (halfway) tertius (third) – hence Sestercentennial.
*A ‘Jubilee’ in the western world is a term derived from the Bible and although historically had a different meaning it is used in this context to define a period of years indicated by the preceding word e.g. Silver Jubilee = 25 years, Golden Jubilee = 50 years and Diamond Jubilee = 60 years
Someone tweeted a friend the other day to say they still had their gift after twenty years of marriage, this got us thinking especially for those celebrating double digit anniversaries:
What Wedding Gift do you still use regularly?
Now I’ve been married 25 years this year (2012) and we still use the Food Processor we got from my work friends for our wedding! Now that’s not bad; we don’t use it every week but it does see regular use and it really isn’t pretty anymore but this, we feel, has passed the test of time!
I’ve just been reminded that we also still have a Carriage Clock sitting on our mantel which has kept good time since we got married the only problem with this item now is we have to sit closer to it to see the time!
These plus two other items make up the complete items we’ve still got along with a many bits of sets of cutlery and dinner sets. Given no disasters (thankfully) have affected our gifts there is little left.
We would love to know what’s your cherished gift that has stood the test of time?
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