This is the sweetest first birthday present we’ve ever seen

First birthday parties are tricky, because they’re a milestone no parent wants to miss sharing with friends and family, and yet the baby has little or no idea what’s going on. The same thing applies to presents, the bub is usually more content to play with the wrapping paper than the glitzy new toy.

17 years ago Abby’s parents did something unconventional for her first birthday, a very special surprise for their baby daughter that would double as an 18th birthday present. Instead of asking family and friends coming to Abby’s first birthday party to bring presents, they asked them to write her letters.

“We were thinking we didn’t really need or want a bunch of presents for a 1-year-old who wouldn’t appreciate them,” writes mother Susie Aldershof Van Metre.

Abby’s parents bundled up the letters and cards (without reading them) and put them in a time capsule, ready to be opened on her 18th birthday.

Letters from heaven..Pass it on

Posted by Sun Gazing on Sunday, 25 December 2016

But even Susie and her husband couldn’t have predicted how special those letters would turn out to be. In the 17 years between receiving 25 letters and giving them to Abby, 7 people have passed away.

When Abby finally got to read the letters that had been kept a secret all those years, she was moved to tears. “This is the most precious gift you could have given me and I will always love it.”

What do you think of this time capsule concept? Would you try it for your bub’s first birthday (or any of them, really)?

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