In the Catholic Church, children first receive communion when they are approximately seven years of age. This First Communion marks the "age of reason" when a child is mature enough to understand the significance of the Eucharist transforming into the body and blood of Christ. Close friends and family members celebrate the joyous occasion with gifts and warm wishes. Appropriate gifts depend on your relationship to the girl, her family and your own familiarity with the Catholic faith.
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A necklace with a centrally hanging cross or crucifix is a popular communion gift that the young girl can wear with her First Communion dress. It is a particularly thoughtful gift if you are a godparent or close friend of the family. Most Catholic stores and online companies sell a variety of necklaces specifically to commemorate a girl's First Communion. Keep in mind that she will be very excited and will probably want to wear her new necklace everywhere. Since a seven-year-old can barely keep track of her coat, select a necklace that isn't too valuable, such as freshwater pearls. Save the diamonds and cultured pearls for her confirmation when she's old enough to appreciate them.
For centuries, little girls have enjoyed dolls dressed like themselves. A First Holy Communion doll is another way to preserve the special day and allow the girl to re-enact the ceremony on her own. A First Holy Communion doll can come in a variety of sizes and styles and typically includes a doll-sized communion dress, veil and rosary. Not only will this doll make a charming decoration, but one she can play with as well.
Giving a personalised Bible to a little girl for her First Communion is especially appropriate as she is likely developing her reading skills. Select a Bible based on readability and that has decorative appeal to a young girl such as light pink or white with gold trim. Make the Bible even more special by embossing the girl's name on the cover along with the date and location of her First Communion. Write a personalised message on the inside flap offering good wishes and love for her future.
A rosary made with crystals. pearls or other decorative beads is a traditional First Communion gift. Presented in a gift box, it is a lasting commemoration of a Catholic girl's special day.
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