The term “housewarming” is descended literally from the act of warming a new house, in the days before central heating. Each guest would bring firewood and build fires in the available fireplaces, offering firewood as a gift. Aside from warming the house, this was also believed to repel evil spirits by creating a protective atmosphere of warmth.
Nowadays a housewarming ceremony fulfils a similar function in that it says to your guests “this is our new home – welcome, you belong here anytime.”
Some people prefer a House Blessing, which can have some religious or cultural content. This can be incorporated in your Housewarming, or a separate ceremony.
I wrote my first Housewarming ceremony for Waimahu our Bed and Breakfast, which is nearly complete. This ceremony will be a housewarming, blessing and product launch for our BnB and Event Venue. I look forward to the day that this planning can become reality!!