hon·ey·moon (hn-mn), n.
- A holiday or trip taken by a newly married couple
- An early harmonious period in a relationship
- The first month after marriage Addison
our honeymoon plans - ITALY
Our plans are to "hide out" for around three weeks drinking wine and riding in
in Italy! We plan to leave a few days after the wedding, and come back in about
sixteen days. Christina wants to be sure to see
Positano on the
Amalfi Coast. Darren wants
to go to Venice,
and to walk up the
Tower of Pisa.
I'm sure we'll do it all!
There appear to be 2 commonly accepted origins of the term "honeymoon":
The first has its roots in the northern nations of Europe and in
Babylon some 4000 years ago. It was customary for newly married couples
to drink milheglin after the marriage. This is a kind of mead/wine made
from honey. This was done for a period of about thirty days
(or 1 lunar/moon month). From this custom grew the term "honey month"
An alternate explanation stems from the Norse word
"hjunottsmanathr". Northern European history describes the kidnap of
a bride from a neighboring village. It was necessary that the abductor
take his bride to be into hiding for a period of time, until her family
stopped searching for her. His friends protected their safe keeping and
kept their whereabouts unknown. Once the bride's family gave up their
search, or when she was pregant, the bride groom returned to his people
to arrange a "bridal price". Its original meaning
of honeymoon is thus "hiding".