The upcoming holidays has me in the mood to clear the decks around the house. The other day I got a little crazy and began cleaning out the cabinets and drawers in my dining room. While the amount of trash that was generated amazed and saddened me, I chuckled to myself when I saw my good china. It dawned on me that for the past 25 years, this is the normal course of action with the good china. Look at it. During that time, this china has been used exactly three times!
When my boyfriend and I became engaged, we were expected to register for china. Exactly what poor as pauper newlyweds want and need (sarcasm intended). China was the thing to register for when you were engaged. I remember dragging my then very patient fiance around in search of the "perfect" pattern.
And now, there it sits.
In the china cabinet.
I swear, some of the pieces have never been touched beyond moving it from one home to another.
So, with this reality, I decided that this holiday season our good china will be given its day in the spotlight. The spotlight will be shared with our crystal stemware. If we had sterling, that too would be invited to the show. My point being this: I have these lovely pieces for what purpose? My home is far from resembling a museum, and goodness knows that my children will not want to inherit china and/or crystal. Should a plate be placed in the dishwasher and the color fades? Not a big deal. A piece of crystal breaks? Thank you for helping me begin the slow process of downsizing; that will be one less thing to pack or get rid of when we are ready to move.
Just imagine where this new found freedom will take my family! Birthdays? Graduations? Summer solstice? Cherry Pie Day (yes, it is a real thing -- February 20)?
As the holidays come barreling at us this year, make the commitment to use the "good stuff". Dust it off. Enjoy the meal and the way it looks among the table setting. Let someone else clean up after the meal. Celebrate!