Deniz and I are celebrating our 5th Anniversary today!!! Yes we are still pretty much newlyweds :-) I know there is a list of traditional gifts that spouses exchange but I never knew where this originated. Just to let you newlyweds know, your first anniversary is paper!!! Can you say shopping spree at Scrap-n-Stamp:-) So here is what I found on Wikipedia:
These gifts vary in different countries but now common to most nations, - 5th Wooden, 10th Tin, 15th Crystal, 20th China, 25th Silver, 30th Pearl, 40th Ruby, 50th Golden, 60th Diamond. The tradition may have originated in medieval Germany where, if a married couple lived to celebrate the twenty fifth anniversary of their wedding, the wife was presented by her friends and neighbours with a silver wreath, partly to congratulate them for the good fortune. On celebration of the fiftieth the wife received a wreath of gold. These anniversaries were known as the silver wedding-day and the golden wedding-day. Over time the number of symbols expanded and the German tradition came to assign gifts that had direct connections with each stage of married life.