Several years ago we made a policy decision to abandon Christmas presents within our family. Obviously Ken and I, like any decades-married old couple, have all the stuff we'll ever need and then some, so it was hard for our children to come up with any new stuff that would be well received. And as the children became adults, it was hard for us to come up with anything that they would appreciate. We guessed at one another's reading or music preferences and usually missed the mark; we gave sweaters or shirts that didn't really fit or sing. So we gave up, and in retrospect, both generations agree it was one of the best family decisions ever.
This year, though, I had an idea. I own too many things and am looking for opportunities to divest myself. So at Christmas dinner I approached the two daughters-in-law and one granddaughter and gave them their choice of a whole lot of jewelry that sits unused in my drawers. Much of what I put out for grabs came from my mother, who had a huge collection of fabulous jewelry, most of which I find way too heavy to wear myself. But the one Zoe chose was a beautiful tiny opal necklace, which Ken gave me many years ago.
Here's Kristin with a massive gold chain that also was my mother's. It goes so well with her white turtleneck that I hope she will always wear the two together.