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Sunday, 21 April 2013
Historical record suggests that the first birthday celebrations emerged in Germany ~ where a 'kinderfeste' (children's celebration) was held on the anniversary of a child's birth. This was marked with candle lighting, feasting and often, with the wearing of a special birthday crown.
Why a crown?

Perhaps it reaches back to the earlier tradition of marking the birth day of kings and high persons with parties and feasting and dancing ~ often done in early times in order to surround the leader with people in order to dissuade evil spirits who were thought to prey on them particularly on the anniversary of their birth.

Today, when we mark the day of a child's birth, a special crown may be worn (in the Waldorf as well as other, such as Israeli, traditions) by the child to identify them as the focus of our joy and celebrating!

Making birthday crowns is one of my favourite creative endeavors.

Each crown made at Beneath the Rowan Tree is all natural, and made especially for a particular child.
Combining wet and needle felting, dyed silk, embroidery, beading, applique and other techniques
the crown takes shape (and is adjustable in size, lasting a lifetime!).
It is a delight to work with families to create something personal for their child.
Sometimes we match a birthday theme.
Sometimes we go with the child's favourite colours or animals or hobbies...
The crown below was worked from a sketch by the mother, with many symbols incorporated that tell the story of the child's life to date.
And while I do receive more orders for girls than for boys, crowns are just as much for the boys!
Custom crowns are generally available, depending on timeframe and my current customs list.
You can find a custom slot deposit listing and a couple of more standard designs (which can be personalized) in our SHOP.
You can also see the Gallery of finished work HERE.
I would LOVE to hear about the birthday traditions in your home! 
Please feel free to add them to the comment section♥♥.


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