I’m on my way to go and fetch my sister and my new brother-in-law from the airport (fetching from international arrivals is just so much better that dropping at international departures!). They’ve just spend the first half of their HONEYMOON in Thailand.
I was curious about the meaning of the term HONEYMOON. So I looked it up and there are a few versions.
The one version is that the name originates from the Norse word “hjunottsmanathr” meaning to kidnap. What would happen is that the future groom would abduct a girl from a neighbouring village and they would hide away for a period of time. They will only return to the village when the prospective bride’s parents stopped looking for her, or after conception had taken place, which would be known after a month.
Another version is based on the practise of the bride's father supplying his new son-in-law with all the "mead" (honey beer) he could drink for a period of a month after the wedding. It was believed to be the drink of a "real man" so if he could handle it, he would gain the father's approval (Hmm, just saying, Callie…)
Regardless of its origin—today the honeymoon is a time for a couple to celebrate their new life together.
Image credits: 1) Bertie & Elizabeth on honeymoon (via Enchanted Serenity Period Films)