Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Family Briefs

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Gifted couples: How much silver, china, crystal and other loot a bride and groom collect on their wedding day often depends on where they tie the knot. A recent survey found wedding guests from the Northeast spent the most on gifts for newlywed couples, roughly $125, while Westerners spent the least, about $64. Spending averaged $76 in the Midwest and $75 in the South. The survey, conducted by china and crystal maker Lenox Brands, also found that about 37 percent of all the gift givers made a purchase from a bridal registry.

Old memories: For older adults, the logistics of moving to a smaller home or a retirement home can be traumatic. Sara Surface, a moving expert with Mayflower Transit, says adult children can help their parents through the emotional impact of leaving the family home by setting aside a special time to go through belongings together.

"No one but the family can make the decisions about what to keep and what to leave behind, but once you've made the decisions, you need to assess how much time and energy you have to devote to the move and especially to the packing. …

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