A christening is a celebration that only happens once in a child’s life, so the guests – and especially the godparents – look for special christening gifts which will call the sacrament of baptism to mind and have lasting value. It is therefore not surprising that silver items are among the most popular christenings gifts. And not in vain, as silver spoons and charms are valuable not only for the precious metal they are made of, but also because they have excellent curative properties – they promote the healing of wounds, disinfect, and strengthen the immune system. Therefore, by giving the child being baptized a silver christening gift, we are wishing him not only a rich life, but a healthy one as well.
A copious and healthy life is best symbolized by a silver spoon. The tradition of giving one as a gift goes as far back as the 16th century, when parents of a child born into a rich family were given a silver spoon so that the child would be satiated and rich. This is where the term “born with a silver spoon in his mouth” comes from, i.e. under a lucky star. These days, this gift is usually given by the godparents, and not when the child is born, but when he is baptized. It is important that the parents, upon receiving a silver spoon, don’t consider it a symbolic gift, but use it every day to improve the child’s health.
Those who don’t particularly value age-old traditions and are looking for something wittier should appreciate a silver pacifier – obviously not one to be used for its intended purpose, but to store the child’s first tooth. These days, rarely does a little one grow up without this kind of “little friend”, so you can safely call a pacifier a symbol of childhood. Made from silver, it acquires lasting value and is a great alternative to the silver spoon; in fact, it even beats the spoon in terms of popularity.