If you have recently been invited to a retirement party, you are probably familiar with the presentation routine. You usually bring something to enjoy during the party (like wine, food or flowers), a decorative gift for the owner to provide his home with or, depending on which region you are from, a traditional gift-in many countries a small glass-blown theme considered a blessing to bless, and in American Southern Pineapple, things are traditional.
What you probably never showed up to a domestic party with a big load of wood. But as the name suggests directly, the party is intended to heat a house. In the past when people did not have central heating but instead heated their home with wood burning fireplaces and furnaces. For the party, each guest would show a lot of wood, help start and burn in all the fireplaces in the house and leave a gift of wood to keep the home warm in its absence. Not only did this work for a practical purpose because it warmed the home and prepared it for continuous occupation, but a superstition one as a strong superstition consisted of empty homes were magnets for spirits. The household party warmed them away to make the home spiritually clean and safe for the new owners.
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