It's a long-standing tradition with my parents that some years, instead of a regular Christmas gift, they give a family heirloom. When I was 9 or 10, I received my grandmother's china-head baby doll, complete with new clothes stitched by my mom. Over the years, I've received a few other china dolls, all of which I treasure. This year's present, though, has a special place in my heart.
My mom's childhood tea set.
I'd love this set if I were only seeing it for the first time, but this one comes with some memories that make it priceless. Except for the teapot handle, the set has come through the years intact and unscathed. My mom, being my mom, still had the piece for the handle, so I can have it repaired.
Each place setting has a different pastel stripe. The teapot is stamped Homer Laughlin Eggshell, and so far, that's about all I know about it. I did find a very similar tea set online that dated back to 1942, which would be about right for my mom's tea-party days.
We didn't play with this set a lot when we were little. (Which probably explains why it's pretty much intact.)
I think even then, the tea set was only for very special occasions, and only with Mom's supervision.
All of the colors are so pretty ...
but back then, as now, I think the preference was to mix and match the colors.
I'm not sure where the tea set will go, but it will be someplace where I can look at it often. As much as I'll miss the Christmas decorations, having this tea set to display will make the change a lot easier.