When my children were toddlers I started holiday traditions in an attempt to further strengthen our family bond, pride, and cohesiveness. In large part, my intentions were to build a foundation that my kids could not only look back on and appreciate, but that they could also pass down to their future families.
Heirlooms were a very foreign concept in my family growing up, so I decided to select some personal items that hold a great deal of meaning and importance; things that would be timeless.
According to Wikipedia:
In popular usage, an heirloom is something, perhaps an antique or some kind of jewelry, that has been passed down for generations through family members.
The term originated with the historical principle of an heirloom in English law, a chattel which by immemorial usage was regarded as annexed by inheritance to a family estate. Loom originally meant a tool. Such genuine heirlooms were almost unknown by the beginning of the twentieth century.
As I started to look at my possessions I decided – you don’t have to wait until you’re dead and gone to pass things on. I have a few pieces of jewelry that I’ve set aside to give to my daughter when she gets married, as well as a beautiful curio cabinet that she’ll be given when she moves into her first home. For my son, he will get my prized record collection, along with my most precious swords.
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Words By: Sid Powell