Cool, crisp days, the aroma of harvest scented candles burning around the house, the slow migration of cozy sweaters from hidden closet corners…ahhh, AUTUMN! ? The arrival of fall is a signal that the holidays and all their wonderful (albeit hectic!) traditions and decorations are quickly approaching. I enjoy decorating my home to welcome the changing seasons, especially when meaningful family heirlooms become the centerpieces!
Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.” –Unknown
I remember the first holiday season in my very 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 and I’ve been gifted with several family heirlooms that have special meaning. When I say “heirlooms,” I do not necessarily mean something expensive or fancy. While there are a couple 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. Each piece has a special story, and these stories are important. There is a bit of family history in every one.
My friend Sharon writes a blog called Because Our Stories Matter, and I just love that title. Our stories do matter! I hope this post encourages you to use your special pieces in your holiday decorating, but more importantly, to tell your family the stories that make those pieces so cherished.'Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family #memories.' #holidaydecorating #autumn Click To Tweet
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 decorations — Christmas ornaments, Easter eggs, and of course, fall leaves. The small sugar and cream service belonged to my husband’s aunt. The candle sticks and the Fostoria glass plate holding the candle were his grandmother’s. I leave all of these pieces on the coffee table year round and just change out the seasonal accessories.
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. Just pretend it’s been recently polished and sparkling, okay? 😉 And yes, my daughter made those fancy leaves and cornucopia a long time ago, so 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 are who we are because they were who they were... ~Unknown #holidaydecorating #familylegacy Click To Tweet
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”~~ Thornton Wilder
Nothing in this picture actually belonged to family members. The glasses were an impulse buy from an antique store and the bowls were a wedding gift. I fill several of the glasses with votive candles and small seasonal (fire poof!) decorations and place them around the house throughout the year.Use your memories as the centerpiece of your holiday decor! #holidaydecorating #familylegacy Click To Tweet
Remember, it’s not about the “heirlooms” — they are just things. It is the memories, both old and new, that make those items truly meaningful.
“Why Not?” find those keepsakes that are special to you and place them front and center in your holiday decorating this year! Tell your family the stories that make them so meaningful and 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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