Why Cotton for the Second Anniversary?
Cotton is the material which symbolises the second wedding anniversary, a celebration which is often overlooked, following the excitement of the first year. Cotton is a strong and flexible material, and can be seen to represent a couple beginning to “twine” together, the marriage itself becoming stronger after two years.
It is undoubtedly a fairly simple anniversary to buy for, as there are many cotton products, with suggestions including luxurious Egyptian cotton bed sheets, customised pillow or cushion cases, matching bath robes or a set of pretty towels. Here I hope to show you the best gifts for a cotton anniversary in 2020.
The History of Cotton
The origin of cotton and its first use is unclear, but the earliest examples have been found in Mexico, and are believed to be over 7000 years old. It is certainly known that as far back as 3000 BC, citizens of Pakistan and Egypt were wearing cotton clothing, although the material wasn’t brought to Europe until around 800 AD. By the 17th century, cotton had been planted in the US, particularly in Florida and Virginia.
The next milestone for cotton was the advent of the industrial revolution in England, and the first recorded use of machines being used for spinning and weaving this versatile material.Machines were known to do the work 10 times faster than could be achieved by hand. By the beginning of the 18th century, the value of the cotton industry, in the US alone, had risen to a staggering $8 million.
Cotton Gift Hamper to Share
This gorgeous gift selection is bound to spark some romance into a second wedding anniversary celebration. The set includes some really sweet message cards, one for every week of the year, with sayings such as “you make the sky blue.” There is a gorgeous massage candle, blended with jojoba oil, to encourage a sensual experience together. Also, included is a heart-shaped white ceramic oil burner, with its own bottle of “Fresh Cotton” fragrance oil, and a pouch of scented granules. Everything is wrapped within an attractive cotton gift bag.
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Facts About Cotton
Just for fun, here are some random facts about cotton, that you may not know, or have ever considered before!
- When Thomas Edison manufactured the first light bulb, he used cotton for the filament
- The average American citizen owns seven pairs of cotton jeans at any one time
- A regulation baseball contains 150 yards of cotton
- A single bale of cotton weighs approximately 480 pounds
- 75% of paper currency is made of cotton
Mr and Mrs Embroidered Bathrobes
These luxurious white velour bathrobes are made from 100% cotton and are super absorbent. They each have a cute black-coloured embroidered logo of Mr or Mrs, and have useful side pockets. I don’t have this particular robe, but I do have one in purple from the same manufacturer, and its so warm and cosy! The fashionable shawl collar is a nice touch. The only problem I found was that they only come in two sizes, so even though I ordered the smallest one, it was a bit too big.
Cotton isn’t the most exciting material in the world, so would you expect there to be any art, music, movies or poetry based around it? Well, as regards paintings, the cotton fields themselves are very picturesque and have often been featured in artworks. One of the most famous is by the Charleston artist, William Aiken Walker and is entitled “Cotton Pickers”, depicting the field slaves, as he tried to draw attention to their plight.
When it comes to music, there are over 2300 individual songs which include the word “cotton” in their lyrics, and astonishingly 38 musicians with this name! The most well-known song is probably “Cotton-Eye Joe” which has been covered by several artists, most notably by the Swedish band Rednex, which was a hit single over all over the world in 1994.
“If it hadn’t been for Cotton-Eye Joe
I’d been married a long time ago
Where did you come from, where did you go?
Where did you come from, Cotton-Eye Joe?”
A popular movie is “The Cotton Club” starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane, set in a jazz nightclub in Harlem, and was nominated for two Oscars in 1984. The film is mostly remembered for going way over its intended budget and taking over five years to make. The subject matter was also seen to be controversial with its depiction of the strained race relations in the 1930s. The venue actually existed and was open from 1923 to 1940, featuring famous jazz musicians including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie.
Escape to the Cottonwood Hotel
If you are looking for a memorable experience, rather than a physical gift, why not treat yourselves, or the happy couple, to an overnight stay at the Cottonwood Hotel in Dorset. And of course, the name ties in with the second wedding anniversary symbol! Located within a five-minute stroll to the beach at Bournemouth, this boutique hotel has lovely views over the sea. Gift vouchers are available for an overnight escape during the months of January to May, including a three-course dinner and a glass of fizz to celebrate! I have been dropping hints to my boyfriend to book a stay here but apparently, he’s not listening…
Share Your Story
I hope you enjoyed these facts and history all about cotton and learnt something new to amaze your friends with! I am sure you managed to find the best gifts for a cotton anniversary in 2019, using my suggestions. Please feel free to comment or add your own reviews, I will get back to you as soon as possible. And why not share your story? How did you celebrate your second anniversary? So, the second year is over, and now our thoughts turn to the next anniversary, the third, which is surprisingly celebrated by leather! Read my other articles to discover more about the lesser-known anniversaries.
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