I’m not sure if it’s common knowledge or not, but since I’m finally getting around to doing these, I thought I’d go ahead and share my 2 favorite baby keepsakes – a letter from Mr. President and a Baby’s First Circus certificate and voucher.
#1: Greeting from the President
For those of you who don’t know, the White House has a Greetings Office that will send a welcome letter to your newborn, signed (or stamped) by the President and First Lady. Leila received a really nice one a few months after she was born.
You have 12 months from the date your child was born to request one. However, you can only request a greeting from the current administration. For example, if your child was born during the Bush Administration, you can no longer request one from Bush now that Obama is in office.
2. Send this to:
The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
Washington, D.C. 20502-0039
It typically takes several weeks or even months to get the Welcome Letter, but it comes in an envelope addressed to your child. The actual greeting does not have a name on it, so you will also want to keep the envelope.
FYI- The White House also sends greetings for the following:
Weddings (send your wedding invitation to the address above)
Anniversary celebrations of 50 years or more
Birthdays of individuals turning 80 years old or older
Eagle Boy Scout Award
Gold Girl Scout Award
Top religious recognitions
*For all events besides Wedding and Births, you will have to write a more concise letter asking for the welcome letter. Be sure to include the Name of the Recipient, Mailing Address, Contact Phone Number Type of Occasion and the Date.
#2: Baby’s First Circus
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will send your baby a free ticket to the circus when sign up during the first year or your baby’s life. It’s called Baby’s First Circus.
When you sign up, you will receive a commemorative certificate that is personalized with your child’s name and a voucher that arrives through the mail for a free ticket to any Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance. There is no expiration date on the ticket, but again, you must sign up before your child is a year old.
They only send you one free ticket voucher for your baby, but when you redeem your ticket, they do allow for group seating. Also, they do have a special provisions for twins.
Here’s what to do:
1. Register for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Special Offers and create a user name and password.
2. Follow instructions for the Baby’s First Circus and Commemorative Certificate