Meaning: a present given among the ancient Greeks and Romans to a guest or stranger and especially to a foreign ambassador
Etymology: From Ancient Greek ξένιον (xénion)
Usage in a sentence: “She gave the Greek Ambassador a box of Indian sweetmeats.”
Giving gifts to guests when they visit us and not expecting the guests to bring something home. Weird, isn’t it?
Guests usually bring some gifts or eatables when they come home. It maybe as simple as a packet of Marie Biscuits, or as elegant as a box of Swiss chocolates. And in return, they are always given something to take home- slices of cake that mom just baked, etc. During festival seasons, there’s no need to worry about what to gift the guests. There’s always something sweet to share. But when it’s not festival time, hmm, that’s when the trouble usually starts. If there are smaller children in tow, ‘something for the baby’ as a gift is appreciated. But otherwise, I’m pretty sure most of you fly into panic mode. Or if you’re like me, you’ll just promptly ignore this nicety of society and pretend like you don’t know what the word xenium means.
So, if you’re in a situation where a guest arrives out of the blue, what would you do? Share in the comments section 🙂
Information sourced at Merriam-Webster