A German Tradition: Guest Slippers
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
It’s customary when you go over to someone’s house in Germany to remove your shoes at the door. Being the neat freak that I am, I LOVE this tradition, and in the mess of winter with all the snow and slush, I think it’s particularly wonderful. Simply put, outdoor and dirty shoes just don’t belong on clean floors.
That said, although removing one’s shoes does do it’s job in keeping the house cleaner, it also conjures up a new problem: cold feet- and that’s no fun!
Many German homes have combated this problem with charm, practicality and an entirely new tradition: guest slippers. Just inside that entrance to one of these homes, you will be greeted a basket, drawer or shelf filled with your choice of various slippers that are made available to guests who visit.
It’s a nice little gesture that adds comfort and coziness to any home.
Drew and I liked this tradition so much that we have adopted it in our home as well. So if you don’t want cold feet- come on over! 🙂
What are your thoughts? Should we adopt the tradition of guest slippers in the US?