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Oh the riches of inheritance! I know that many people get caught up in will, estates and tax planning, but the real gems of inheritance aren’t always subject to estate taxes. As a matter of fact, one of our most prized inherited items is in the featured photo. My hubby received my mother-in-law’s Suomi hockey jersey bearing the number 24 and her maiden name Ketola shortly after her passing. I’ve had the honor of wearing it to games and during parent kid games. It gives me great pride and a feeling of connection when any of us wear it.
As a child, my favorite Christmas memories were making cookies with my mom, brothers and grandma. My mom always made molasses cookies with us, which is a recipe passed down from her dad’s family. Now that I have kids of my own, we make these treasured molasses Christmas every year. Truthfully, I think the kids prefer to bake them with Grandma Dawn, but I’ll gladly take second place to my mom.
Sometimes it’s not a treasured item or recipe that we inherit, sometime’s it’s pride in one’s heritage. Both of my grandfather’s families immigrated to the United States from Norway. Additionally, My grandfathers were very proud of their Norwegian heritage. This pride is definitely my brothers and I inherited from my mom, my dad and my grandparents. Consequently, our trip as a family to Norway where we saw our family farms and land was of monumental importance to all of us. It was a true connection to our heritage, our ancestors and to each other as a family.
My mother-in-law was 100% Finnish whose parents immigrated to the US from Finland. She was, as evidenced by the Suomi jersey, extremely proud of her Finnish heritage. My boys are very proud of their Finnish and Norwegian heritage. We’ve already been to Norway to see my family’s origin. Our plan is to explore Finland to see where my MIL’s family came from. Incidentally, if my kid’s spend a year studying abroad in Norway or Finland, I wouldn’t be surprised.
We’ve been given a lot of inherited gifts. It might be tokens and reminders of those who’ve passed, pride in our heritage, character traits, or even family recipes. Lastly, inheritance isn’t all about money, but rather the intangible gifts passed down from generation to generation.
Tonight’s song is Celine Dion’s amazing rendition of “O Holy Night.”