As Easter approaches, I am reminded of a Facebook thread discussing if people used their good china or not. It fascinated me how many people said an absolute NO. So it got me wondering, what occasion is “special enough” to get out the good china. 5 Everyday Excuses to Use your GOOD CHINA!
In our home we do not have china that we save for special occasions, we use our Denby Boston that we got as a wedding gift almost 18 years ago, everyday. Now, I have broken a few pieces over the years, (which hurt my heart a little) but it so nice to eat off of your favourite dishes every night. Are we not good enough that in our daily lives we can not feel special or grown up every time we eat a meal? There is something wrong with this picture.
If you are preserving your special china or good silverware in cases and boxes that never see the light of day and are never used, you are housing them like a warehouse, instead of being part of your home. They sit forgotten in basements or garages even, until another new piece is added and then stored away. Why?
We are lucky enough that my mother in law shows us every time we gather for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc how much she loves and appreciates us. How does she do this you may ask? She sets out her good dishes, silverware, and stemware, along with the good table clothes. It sets the mood, and makes us all feel “special”, as important and treasured as the plates we will eat the meal from.
It might not seem like a big statement, but we all have our own special places at the table, and our children are holding memories from these gatherings that will last long after the china and silverware are gone.
We have the greatest conversations and laughs around this table, not just because we love each other, but we are made to feel special before we even sit down. The time taken to set out treasured items warms our hearts even if our conscious minds don’t register it.
There is a famous saying by Maya Angelou ” People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did.But people will never forget how you made them feel”
That is what is done when you give them something you treasure and let them use it. You are telling them you are worth more than the object.
I know why a lot of us do not have good china or silverware, one is space, another, most of it can not go in the dishwasher, and the younger generation do not want the hassle of hand washing them.
Think of it in another way, we don’t just gather around the table to eat from these dishes, we spend time after chatting while we wash and put back the china and silverware, this is another way to connect, and really how often do we do this?
Are you still storing and not using your good china, silverware, and stemware? If you are, what “special occasion” will be special enough?
I would love to hear so much about this subject, please leave a comment below, on why you do, or don’t use them.
Happy Easter everyone!!