Pendre la crémaillaire

 

imagePendre la crémaillaire (pohn-druh lah kray-miye-air) today means to hold a housewarming party for someone. The expression dates from medieval times. It was the custom to invite everyone who had contributed to building the house to a meal to thank them for their efforts. At that time, most of the cooking was done in a big pot over the fire. Une crémaillaire was a type of hook that allowed the pot to be raised or lowered over the fire. Hanging (pendre) this hook was the last act in building a house and making it ready to welcome others.

imageWhen we moved to our new home almost two years ago now, some lovely neighbors brought us baked goodies to welcome us to the neighborhood. It was so nice! I keep meaning to reciprocate for others, but I never quite get my act together to join the thought to the deed. Maybe this spring …

imageGreat Arrivals Housewarming Basket

 

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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