According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the origin of honeymoon is:
“1540s, hony moone, but probably much older, ‘indefinite period of tenderness and pleasure experienced by a newly wed couple,’ from honey (n.) in reference to the new marriage’s sweetness, and moon (n.) in reference to how long it would probably last, or from the changing aspect of the moon: no sooner full than it begins to wane. French has cognate lune de miel, but German version is flitterwochen (plural), from flitter “tinsel” + wochen “week.” In figurative use from 1570s. Specific sense of “post-wedding holiday” attested from c.1800; as a verb in this sense from 1821.”
Actually there are a number of other possible origins, many much earlier, but I happen to like this definition because it includes “flitterwochen” meaning tinsel week. Seriously, as of this moment I’m adopting flitterwochen as the standard by which all my weeks need to measure up.
But that little tidbit aside, I’m suggesting that an alternate definition of honeymoon might actually be September, as it is officially declared National Honey Month.
You likely know I’m a bee lover, and honey ranks right up there on my love list as well; so of course I’m all for observing this honoring.
Gather some flowers and perhaps a cup of honey-sweetened tea and enjoy these bee and honey loving links.
- Let’s begin with a lovely little celebration of an artisan honey-based perfume created by one of my favorite natural perfumers Roxana Villa. This little To Bee LookBook was created by her husband Greg Spalenka who is one of my favorite artists. In fact on page 21 of the book you can see his Bee Prosperity print, of which I have a copy in my office.
- Of course I’m an equal opportunity bee art lover, and this print by Sarah Kiser entitled Queen Honeybee is capturing my attention as well.
- Returning to the actual bees, the s/heros of our honey story, here’s a clip from the bee movie Queen of the Sun. I’ve always loved the image of the woman covered in bees.
- And here’s another short video which shows a bee’s dance which describes to the other hive members where the flowers are. I’m pretty sure I want to learn a bee dance.
And when I do, I most certainly want to be wearing a costume like this.
Last night, celebrating autumn’s first evening, and a chilly one at that, I toasted in the new season with a warm glass of cardamom honey milk. You can find it here along with other honey recipes.
Although there aren’t that many days left in Honey Month I hope they’ll BEE deliciously delightful and you’ll enjoy them all. If you have any bee lore or honey happiness, or any buzz at all to share, you know I love to hear. Your comments always help create a flitterwochen for me.