House Purchase Ceremony?
March 23, 2009 3:36 PM Subscribe
Do house purchase ceremonies exist? I'm searching for a ceremony to perform just before entering a house for the first time after signing the closing papers. This would be analogous to breaking a bottle of wine on a newly commissioned ship, or jumping over the broom at a wedding.
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We're closing on our first ever house this Friday. The house is a 1906 Edwardian, in substantially original condition. (i.e., original kitchen cabinets, original bathroom sink and tub, original windows, trim, etc). The house has been exceptionally well cared for; The previous owners lived there for over 50 years.
I'm looking for some ceremony -- perhaps even ceremonial words -- to execute before entering the house the first time as its owner/caretaker, with 4-year-old son and pregnant wife in tow. I'd like something that reflects upon the unknowable history of a 100-year-old structure, and the promise of our future lives there.
This purchase *feels* like such a milestone, on par with a marriage, birth, or death. Certainly the cliche rings true that it's the biggest purchase I will ever make. And Google-fu is failing me for finding any mention of a ceremony or ceremonial words that might be said, just before entering your first house for the first time.