Happy Ybor Anniversary

Today’s a big day, our 35th anniversary! And guess what? We did not refer to the “official” anniversary gift giving list to determine what should be purchased to celebrate. Instead, we celebrated last Thursday (4 days early) by spending the day together eating at a favorite restaurant, exploring Ybor City, and taking a walk on Honeymoon Island.


And the day couldn’t have been more perfect! According to the official list, the traditional gift for the 35th anniversary is coral, or the modern gift is jade, but who made these lists anyhow?

I’d prefer a pitcher of sangria, a 1905 Salad, traditional Spanish dishes, and flan.

Nowhere on the list will you find “spend the day together”. Too bad. Anniversaries need to be recognized by spending time together whether that means a special dinner, a weekend getaway, or a day doing anything you enjoy, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the actual date of your anniversary so long as you make a plan to do something together to mark your special day.

Look at this crazy official list from Hallmark:

Anniversary Traditional Modern
1st Paper Clocks
2nd Cotton China
3rd Leather Crystal/Glass
4th Fruit/Flowers Appliances
5th Wood Silverware
6th Candy/Iron Wood
7th Wool/Copper Desk Sets
8th Pottery/Bronze Linens/Lace
9th Willow/Pottery Leather
10th Tin/Aluminum Diamond Jewelry
11th Steel Fashion Jewelry
12th Silk/Linen Pearls
13th Lace Textile Furs
14th Ivory Gold Jewelry
15th Crystal Watches
20th China Platinum
25th Silver Silver
30th Pearl Diamond
35th Coral Jade
40th Ruby Ruby
45th Sapphire Sapphire
50th Gold Gold
60th Diamond Diamond

How does paper become clocks or tin/aluminum change to diamond jewelry? I enjoyed looking at this list and make sure you click on the links for Hallmark’s suggestions of appropriate ways to recognize each of these years of marriage, but please do not feel obligated to stick to someone else’s idea of how you should celebrate your anniversary. Instead, make time for one another.



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