In contrast to an earlier blog post of mine regarding the difficulties of dealing with inherited furniture (July 2015) the Wall Street Journal has an upbeat take on it in today's Off Duty section titled "The Heirloom Challenge".
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The article also brings up a very good, but often controversial point, discussing the disposition of family heirlooms in a proactive rather than reactive manner. Does it sound kind of creepy to bring the family together to discuss who wants what while everyone is enjoying good health? Maybe, but counting on your kids to rationally figure it out during a time of emotional distress is it's own burden.
Understanding who values and appreciates what now can create a wonderful source of gift giving opportunities. If you're not currently using the "good china" because you've cut back on entertaining maybe your daughter-in-law who hosts monthly soirees would appreciate receiving it as a Christmas gift. Sharing things now offers an invaluable opportunity to pass on what the items mean to you. Which in turn makes the gift that much more special to the recipient.