hon·ey·moon  (hn-mn), n.
  1. A holiday or trip taken by a newly married couple
  2. An early harmonious period in a relationship
  3. The first month after marriage — Addison

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our honeymoon plans - ITALY

Our plans are to "hide out" for around three weeks drinking wine and riding in gondolas 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 Florence and Positano on the Amalfi Coast. Darren wants to go to Venice, Pompei and to walk up the Tower of Pisa. I'm sure we'll do it all!

honeymoon trivia

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" or "honeymoon."

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".

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