Spring is the season of First Holy Communion. Parents, aunts, uncles, and even older brothers and sisters often look on with pride when their young relatives receive the sacrament for the first time. One of three Sacraments of Initiation within the Catholic church, the sacrament of First Holy Communion, or the Eucharist, is a momentous event in the life of a young Catholic.
Despite receiving First Holy Communion at a relatively young age (most children receive the sacrament at the age of 7 or 8), young Catholics are schooled on the significance of the day and many of them recognize just how it important it is to their faith and their family members. That significance is highlighted by the presence of family and friends on the day that young Catholics receive the Eucharist for the first time.
Many families celebrate the day with a parties that commence after children receive the sacrament, and it’s customary for relatives to give youngsters gifts to commemorate the special day.
When it comes to gift-giving on this occasion, there are certain guidelines many Catholics follow, and many of those guidelines have to do with the new communicant’s gender.
When gifting a girl who just received the Eucharist for the first time, religious jewelry can make a great gift. A cross or crucifix that can be worn as a necklace appeals to many young girls’ love of jewelry while allowing them to showcase their faith. If not a cross or crucifix, a sacramental charm bracelet can make an ideal gift.
For boys who just received their First Holy Communion, a cross or crucifix also makes an appropriate gift. Another gift idea for boys is a medal that can be inscribed to commemorate the day. Many grown men still have medals they received at their First Holy Communion.
Of course, not all gifts are gender-specific. Books, including the Bible, that will instill a greater understanding of the faith and help children grow as Catholics make great gifts for boys and girls. Rosary beads also work well.
Creative gift-givers might also want to make a DVD or photo album of a youngster’s First Holy Communion, which is a gift they can share with others, including their own children someday, for years and years to come.