Christmas China: A Legacy Gift

Spode Christmas China Decorates Our Table Thanks to a Mom with Foresight

Picture this – me age 13, Beth a college co-ed and Katherine just entering her preteens.  We were on Christmas morning cheerfully tearing through  our gifts and reached the end … there were three square boxes with beautiful bows and shiny wrapping paper waiting for us behind the tree.

Our last gift, our best gift … we thought …

We happily picked up those boxes – they’re were heavy, a good sign. Then we tore into them and saw this: Spode Christmas China. Not exactly what a room of young women are looking for.

This continued.

You see, that first year we each received one place setting of China, and in the years that followed we received another set. Then when the sets were complete, Mom started buying us the coffee and sugar sets, a few decorative plates and more.

So, while a few decades ago this gift was not something we really understood, I thank my mom every single Christmas when I get to pull out my full set of Christmas China to decorate my table.

Each of us has something special to share with our family for the entire holiday season at every meal.

So this year, as you search for that special gift for a newlywed couple, a new family or your children, think about helping them build their own set of special dishes to share with their families and friends for years to come.


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Disclosure: This is not a promotion, we just seriously love Spode.

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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