Ever wonder how housewarming parties became a thing? According to legend, the term “housewarming” originated in France as a “thank you dinner” to give back to everyone who helped build your house. The fireplaces would all be lit with firewood brought by guests. The warm house and the new friendships that were forged were said to remove any evil spirits from the building.
Over the years, bringing firewood morphed into giving gifts that would bring a warm feeling to the home and help the new owners “set up house.” Newly married couples usually moved directly from their parents’ homes, so there was a need for almost everything.