“Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.” –Unknown
The arrival of autumn is a signal that the holidays are quickly approaching, and our thoughts begin to turn toward family, memories, and traditions. By the time the leaves are in full color, I have begun the transition to “holiday” mode and am excited to decorate my home to welcome the changing seasons.
I remember the very first holiday season after moving into my first apartment. I was flat broke, but so excited to decorate my own home! Those cheap decorations I was able to pull together were some of the most beautiful I had ever seen. 😉
Over the years, my collection of holiday decorations has grown, as has my desire to decorate for every season. I’ve been blessed with several family heirlooms that have special meaning. Keep in mind, when I say “heirlooms,” I do not necessarily mean something expensive or fancy. While there are a few of those pieces, the value of most of them is simply sentimental. I love having these items on display year round, and have discovered they make beautiful backdrops for seasonal decorations.
These heirlooms make lovely backdrops for something else: tradition and legacy. Over the years, I have enjoyed telling the stories of these special pieces to my family and friends (it amazes my husband that I remember where every Christmas tree ornament came from – we have a LOT of ornaments! 🙂 ). Many of these stories come from childhood memories, others are from more recent years.'Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories. -Unknown' It is the legacy that matters. Click To Tweet
These stories are important. There is a piece of family history in every one. My friend Sharon writes a blog called Because Our Stories Matter, and I just love that title. Because our stories do matter!
Almost everything on this table is at least two generations old. The punch bowl belonged to my grandmother, and every season I fill it with appropriate decorations — Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs, and of course, fall leaves. The small sugar and cream service belonged to my husband’s aunt, and were a wedding gift. His grandmother gave us both of the candle sticks, and the plate holding the candle is part of her collection of Fostoria glassware. I leave all of these pieces on the coffee table year round, and just change out the seasonal accessories. Even the cat loves this arrangement — her favorite bed used to be the punch bowl. 🙂
How will our children know who they are if they do not know where they came from? ~~ Author Unknown
This beautiful silver service and table belonged to my husband’s grandparents. We’re just going to pretend it’s been recently polished and sparkling, okay? 😉 And the leaves and cornucopia? Those were made by my daughter a long time ago, so yes, they are heirlooms, too!
I love this soup tureen that also belonged to my husband’s grandparents! It is not only great for serving soup, but for decorating in any season. Okay, so I’ve never served soup in it, but decorating? Yeah, all the time!
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”~~ Thornton Wilder
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Nothing in this picture actually belonged to family members, but the glasses did come from an antique store. They were an impulse buy — they were a great price and I loved them. I didn’t realize until I got then home that several of them had tiny chips in the rim, hence the candle holder solution. The centerpiece is actually bowls turned upside down with cheap fall stuff underneath. 🙂 But they were a wedding gift, and since we are less than two years away from our Silver Anniversary 😯 , I think they qualify as “heirlooms!”
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Remember, it’s not about the “heirlooms” — they are just things. It’s about the memories associated with them, and the new memories your family will make with these pieces.
“Why Not?” find those keepsakes that are special to you and place them front and center in your holiday decorating this year, and tell your family the stories that make them so meaningful. Make your memories the centerpiece of your holiday decor. Because, like Sharon says, our stories do matter.
“The only thing we take with us to Heaven when we leave this world is the relationships we developed while we are here.” ~Author Unknown
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