Family bible a bible designed to be used at family prayers, typically one with space on its flyleaves for recording important family events.
the family that prays together, stays together motto devised by Al Scalpone, a professional commercial-writer, and used as the slogan of the Roman Catholic Family Rosary Crusade by Father Patrick Peyton. The Crusade began in the US in 1942, and the slogan was apparently first broadcast on 6 March 1947, during the radio programme Family Theater of the Air. The Crusade began in Britain in 1952, and the expression has since developed many, often humorous, variant forms.
selling off the family silver parting with a valuable resource for immediate advantage. The reference is to a speech by former British Conservative Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, to the Tory Reform Group in 1985 on privatization (the selling off of nationalized industries to private companies was likened to the sale of family assets by impoverished landowners, ‘First of all the Georgian silver goes…’)