The first wedding anniversary gift is supposed to be a paper gift, and you’re thinking of thoughtful ideas for celebrating that you’ve been married for one year to the love of your life. It is a moment to let your spouse know that you love him/her just as much, and that reminds both of you that you should cherish each other, to respect and love one another. The Marriage Creed is the perfect romantic paper gift for your wife or your husband to celebrate your first wedding anniversary – it is a guide towards a happy marriage that will last forever and beyond. I think each wife and husband should read these simple rules for happiness in marriage.It could make an appreciated wedding gift or a newly weds gift as well.
The Marriage Creed
Comfort each other…Provide a refuge and sanctuary for one another from the chill winds of the world. Your marriage is a hearth, from whence comes the peace, harmony, and warmth of soul and spirit.
Listen to each other…Hear not only words, but also the non-language of tone, mood, and expression. Learn to listen to understand rather than listening to argue.
Caress as you would be caressed…Warm your loved one’s body with your soothing touch. Remember that as babies can die with lack of touching, so can marriages wither from lack of closeness.
Respect each other’s rights…Each is a person of flesh and blood, entitled to his or her own choices and mistakes. Each owns himself, and has the right to equality.
Be a friend and partner…Friendship can be a peaceful island, separate and apart, in a world of turmoil and strife. Reflect upon the tranquility of the many, many future years you can share with a true friend, and beware of becoming battling enemies under the same roof.
Allow the other to be an individual…Seek not to create for each other a new mold that can only fit with much pain and discomfort. Accept the other as they are, as you would have yourself accepted.
Be open with each other…Embrace not yourselves in the secretness that causes suspicion and doubt. Trust and reveal yourselves to each other, even as the budding rose opens to reveal its beauty and fragrance.
Cherish your union…Let no one separate your togetherness, not child, not friend, nor worldly goods. Yet maintain enough separateness to allow each other his or her own unique oneness.
Give each other approval…Compliments encourage confidence in the other, while criticism divides. Hasten not to point out the other’s mistakes, for each will soon discover his own.