Children’s crosses make a great lasting gift. With that said, lets look at why and for what occasions a child’s cross or crucifix might be a great gift idea. Crosses for children come in all shapes and sizes making it a perfect idea. They also come in gold, usually 14K, Sterling Silver, which is a more pure form of Silver and base medal which is not considered a precious material and the cost is usually significantly less.
The first child cross most people buy is a cross for an infant. When a baby is born, often a baby shower is thrown, this would be the first opportunity to purchase a cross. However, within the Catholic faith, the better opportunity for the first cross may be the Childs baptism which can be 3-6 months old.
As a Godparent of the child, the gift of the cross to commemorate a baptism transcends just the event itself. When accepting to be a child’s God parent, it is making a lifelong commitment. The role of a God parent is to help the child throughout its life to grow in the Spirit and to grow in the Lord. The cross presented at this event is a lasting reminder of the a commitment and as the child grows, the meaning of that cross grows.
Communion makes another life opportunity to present the child with a cross. First Communion is a monumental event in the Spiritual life of each child and often although these children are young, they will remember the day throughout their life. The Godparent may take center stage with this idea for a gift. However, as part of the First Communion ensemble, parents often purchase a cross to accessorize the dress or tie they purchase for their child. A gold chain with a small cross pendant at the end of it makes for a nice touch.
The next sacramental event in the child’s life may vary in age depending on the rules in the area you live. Each Diocese sets the age of when Confirmation should take place. It can be as young as 12 and as late as 18. Many choose their same Godparents for Confirmation to be the sponsor so this may be an opportunity to get the child a larger cross that they can wear more readily. Teen crosses are usually bigger than one for a smaller child but the teen cross does make a great gift.
The sacramental events of a child’s life, Baptism, Communion and Confirmation, also known as the sacraments of initiation make the perfect times in life to present the child with a gift that will last their lifetime. Whether you are the parent or the Godparent, either of those rolls in a child life allow the perfect roll in the childs life to present them with a children’ cross pendant that we will treasure and wear over the course of their life. It serves them with a reminder of your commitment to them and their commitment to the Lord as an outward symbol.