When I first moved to my house in 1966, the mother of a friend came over a few times to help paint and cleanup. We had lots to do and to get it ready for in addition to being the place to live it was the location of my wedding reception. She brought a spider plant and a Swedish ivy.
Every year or two I make cuttings to create new plants and thus I still have descendants of these two plants.
I don't like them a whole lot; they are my only house plants. They migrate up to Gloucester every summer where they live outside on the porch and then back to Cambridge to live under grow lights.
I could just throw them in the compost pile but it seems like the wrong thing to do to destroy this legacy/tradition.