Family heirlooms are priceless connections to our family history. But for an heirloom to remain meaningful, younger generations need to know why it is an important part of the family story. Otherwise, grandma’s silver candlesticks or great-grandpa’s tools might end up at a thrift store, tossed in the garbage or featured on an episode of ‘Pawn Stars’!
Our Family Heirlooms
It’s all too easy to assume our children will value a family heirloom as we do. The sad reality is that unless stories accompany an heirloom, younger generations are unlikely to understand its significance within the family.
Do you know the stories behind your family heirlooms? Where they came from? Who acquired it, when, how and why?
If you want to ensure your heirlooms remain in the family there are several things you can do. Start by taking inventory and writing a brief story on the history of each piece. If you’re not sure of an heirloom’s origin, ask other family members what they remember. Include your own thoughts on why it is meaningful to you.
When finished, make several copies and give one to each family member along with a photo of the heirloom. Keep a copy of the story with each family heirloom or at least label it in some way.
Finally, make a point of talking about and using your family heirlooms during the holidays such as on Thanksgiving or Christmas. This way their importance within the family is heard, discussed and owned.
Family heirlooms connect a family’s past with its present and keep a family’s story alive. If you are lucky enough to have family heirlooms to pass down, ensure your descendants value them as you do by preserving their stories.
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