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The New Domesticity: Sentimental Giving

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The soft glow of candlelight bounces through etched crystal. We pass around sparkling cranberry cider, adding a vibrant crimson hue to the festive setting. The crystal goblets touch our lips as we laugh, sing, and visit. I look fondly from face to face, warmed by family gathered around my holiday table, and my mind wanders back in time. How many conversations have these vintage goblets been privy to? How many cups of sweet cordial have sparkled and fizzed in them throughout the years? We are drinking, of course, from Grandma Fern’s crystal goblets, for nothing else would do on a holiday.

December naturally turns our thoughts toward gift giving, and I wonder if we might grow somewhat thoughtful this year, considering gifts that hold sentimental value. Perhaps gift selection heightens feelings of anxiety and helplessness in your frazzled holiday heart. Let’s consider three categories of sentimental gift-giving that might ease that burden somewhat: naming, collecting, and sharing.

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Julianna Lawson and her husband, Jamie, make their home in Vancouver with their four children, ages 13 to 21.

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