While it may seem silly to some to hang onto a piece of fabric for a few decades – to others, it is a wonderful way to keep items in circulation while giving deeper meaning to a special event.
Heirlooms pieces such as a baptismal gown or baby shoes can be passed down from parent to child, sibling to sibling or cousin to cousin. Using these special items provides common ground that makes an event such as a Christening even more meaningful for those who have their own memories with that garment.
Other coomon heirlooms such as a handcrafted baby blanket is not only a practical keepsake, it also can help keep your child thinking of the original creator. A crocheted blanket make with Grandma’s own hands is special in and of itself.
Heirlooms don’t have to be limited to special occasions or fancy clothing. Your favorite sweater or letter jacket from high school may be a timeless classic that your child would enjoy. Even an old college hoodie can continue to live on long after your glory days.
If you don’t have any garments in your treasure chest to pass down to your kids, start a new tradition. Pick a favorite and who knows, it may end up in the hands of generations to come.