Turns out, he's right.
The traditional U.K. anniversary gift is sugar. Weird, right? Jagger and I are trying to follow the traditional anniversary gifts, which will probably only last another year or so before "gift card" becomes the de facto gift. What I thought was strange though, were the Modern U.S. gifts. I've copied the chart below. Let's peruse it, shall we?
|Year||Traditional (U.S.)||Traditional (UK)||Modern (U.S.)|
|4th||Linen, silk||Fruit and flowers||Appliances|
|7th||Wool, copper||Woollen||Desk sets|
Okay...so far, so good. Nothing too excessive, although the appliances for the 4th anniversary seems a bit much, but whatever. Moving on...
|12th||Silk||Silk and fine linen||Pearls, colored gems|
Whoa. We took a quick step up there, didn't we? Diamonds already? I mean, traditional is Tin. Seems a little excessive, right?
At this point, the traditional gifts only pop up every 5 years, but the modern ones just keep going. I don't even know what holloware is, and the musical instruments year sounds pretty entertaining.
I love how they specify "New furniture". Not some antique. We're getting new stuff this year! Then it's on to more diamonds, a quick stop for a new watch, then you get a car? Really? But then you drop down to lace for the 39th? This is weird.
|42nd||Improved real estate|
I find it really funny how you get land for your 41st anniversary, then apparently you're supposed to improve on whatever you built on that land the next year. But really? Groceries for 44 years? You get a car for the 32nd anniversary, but you go to the grocery store for the 44th?
|46th||Original poetry tribute|
(e.g., telescope, microscope)
|49th||Luxuries, any kind|
I think this might be my favourite section. Original poetry tribute, then books (um, I got a book for my first anniversary) then you get a telescope or microscope, then "Luxuries, any kind". Just any old kind of luxuries. You know, whatever you can find.
Then you just start piling on the jewels. Just throw a diamond in there with whatever else you can find, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, you know the drill. Then if you can survive to the 100th anniversary, you get a 10-carat diamond. Which will no doubt break your 130 year old arm.
Is it just me, or is this the craziest, most excessive list ever? Of course, according to Wiki (and why would I doubt Wiki?) the modern list was compiled by Jewelers of America, so I'm surprised every year doesn't have a diamond attached.