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Sunday, December 30 2012

Christening
by Allen Garcia

A christening, baptismal, or baby blessing ceremony can be a religious ceremony that recognizes a family’s particular faith in their God and their commitment to extend their beliefs to the new arrival in the family. There are some differences between the three but, for the most part, they are quite similar.

If you are planning a christening for your newborn, chances are you have a church that you attend regularly and probably intend to have as the location where your baby’s christening will be done. If you are not a member of a church but would still like to have your baby christening, try checking the local community listing for churches and make a few phone calls to the churches to find out if they offer christenings for newborns and what the requirements would be to have your baby christened at their church. It’s very possible that they will offer christenings and be delighted to have your family come and make your christening memories in their sanctuary.

Although a christening ceremony is a relatively short practice, as a courtesy to other families who may be present on that day, it is possible that you will want to consider staying for awhile before and after your own ceremony to sit witness as others have their newborn christened.

Because your baby’s christening is a very special event, you may want to invite more than the baby’s godparents and grandparents to witness. Make sure you check with the church to ensure that there are not any limitations to the number of people who can accompany you to the event.

No doubt you will want to dress your baby in all white, which is a practice that speaks of the purity of the color white and the innocence of your baby. There are many christening outfits to choose from for both boys and girls. You can start with checking at your local department store or, depending on how much you want to spend on your baby’s christening outfit, you can even have an outfit that is custom made just for your baby. After the christening ceremony, be sure to save your baby’s christening outfit as it may become a family heirloom that is used again for your grandchild.

During the actual christening procedure, the baby’s parents, godparents and grandparents typically all accompany the baby to the minister, who will usually take the baby in his or her arms, inquire about the baby’s names and names of those members present. The minister then will speak a prayer over the baby and christening his or her head with a few drops of holy water. It’s okay if the baby cries as the water may be cool or startle the baby, particularly sleeping babies or those who do not like baths. The minister understands this and may even welcome the cry as a blessed response to the christening.

After the formal christening at the church, it’s perfectly acceptable to have a christening party at home to celebrate.

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Friday, December 28 2012
Christening Invitations
 
Your baby's christening or baptism is a very special occasion. It is their introduction into their community of faith and most parents want to make a it a celebration. Getting ready for a Christening can be time-consuming - there's the church date, service details , guest lists, and reception not to mention the child's christening outfit - the list goes on and on and on...

Being a busy parent trying to organize your child's christening why not save yourself some time by ordering personalized invitations online. They are quicker and easier than traditional shop-bought invitations which require you to hand-write the date, time, location and RSVP details onto each individual invitation. Personalized Christening invitations are available in many different designs and colors and most companies will allow you to fully customize the invitations with the christening date, location and details of the reception. Depending on the design of invitation you choose you can also add photographs of your child along with personal sentiments, short bible verses or even a favorite line from a poem. There is even the option of ordering matching Thank You cards to send out after the event to thank them for their help in celebrating your child's special day and for the gifts they have given. Ordering personalized christening invitations allows you to make your child's day as special and unique as they are.

Customized Christening invitations also can be kept as an exquisite reminder of the day. (Just get it framed and it will go perfectly on the wall.) Add it to the scrapbook or photo album of the Christening and it will make a beautiful keepsake for your child to look back on when they are older.
 
 
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Monday, December 24 2012
Biblical Basis For Baptism
 
It represents and proclaims four very important points:
 
Scriptural baptism proclaims the Christ’s power in our lives. “having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” Colossians 2:12
 
Scriptural baptism proclaims the death to our old life to sin, and our resurrection to walk in a new life. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4
 
Scriptural baptism proclaims our faith God and our desire to make Him known. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...” Matthew 28:19
 
Scriptural baptism proclaims our “desire” to fully live for Jesus Christ. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26,27
 
Baptism is a picture that proclaims what transpired when a person has placed their faith and trust in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the saving and forgiveness of sin (Romans 6:3-5). It does not cleanse us from sin, only the blood of Christ can do this (I John 1:7; Colossians 1:14).
 
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Friday, December 14 2012
Christening Gowns and Their Fashion Background
 
Up until the 17th century young babies were wrapped in tight
Swaddling clothes carried to the font in a bearing cloth.
This was a large square of lavishly trimmed silk.
Mid 18th century it evolved to a front opening robe fastened
with ribbon ties showing a petticoat beneath.
The first Christening robes were made in the style worn
every day by 18th century children.
Both boy and girl children wore slip dresses, with a very
long flowing skirt falling from a short, tucked bodice,
low neck and short sleeves. This fashion has remained
popular for Christening ever since.
Partly due to the tradition of handing down these robes from
one generation to the next.
Large families were popular in the Victorian era and a
mother might make one very beautiful gown while she had
the time while waiting the arrival of her first born child.
Although many women had access to a sewing machine
in mid Victorian England the gown, being small and compact,
would often be entirely handmade and could be easily moved
around, from room to room in the young mother's needlework
bag. Once used and admired along with the new baby;
it would be carefully packed away awaiting the next birth.
As a result would become a family heirloom.
Mid 19th century christening gowns were decorated
with fine white embroidery known as Ayrshire work.
This consisted of embroidery worked with extra
needlework fillings and cutwork. This white on white
originated in the Scottish lowlands. When the bodice
came down to the front in a point; with tradition the
point was kept on the outside however when used
for a girl the point would be tucked in when christened.
Mid to late Victorian era christening gown skirts were
lavishly ornamented with pin tucking and lace insertions
with embroided bodices and the baby always topped
with a bonnet.
Very special christening attire ensured that any baby
wearing the best looked picture  perfect for the occasion
and the event of having a family photograph taken
to record the day.
Christening gowns are one of the few pieces of costume
history that has survived across a broad range of
society because they launder well, are small
enough to store easily, and have continued use to
another baby!  
 
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Thursday, December 06 2012

Christening Gifts From Godparents

If you are standing for the child as a godparent, your gift needs to be something special and unique to commemorate the beginning of a new, special relationship between the two of you. Consider giving your new godchild a piece of jewelry, a baptism keepsake box, a hope chest, or a framed picture of the two of your together. Whatever you choose, get the gift engraved or personalized in some way so the baby knows in the years to come that they have always been a special person in their life.

In addition to a more solemn token that will be more appreciated by your godchild later in life, it’s a nice touch for godparents to give a more fun, childlike gift as well, that the little one can appreciate now.

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Monday, December 03 2012

How to Make Christening Invitations

By eHow Parties & Entertaining Editor

A christening is another word for a baptism or a welcoming of a newborn into a Christian faith. Depending on your family, a christening may be the first time your entire family gets together to meet and welcome your new baby. If you're having a christening, you may be wondering about invitations.

Step by Step:

Step 1

Decide if you want to make hand-made invitations or personalized invitations printed off your computer. If you want invitations printed off your computer, websites such as Blue Mountain Cards and MakeOwnInvitations can help you.

Step 2

Choose whether you want folded christening invitations (with a message on the outside and inside) or two-sided invitations (messages on both sides). Two-sided invitations may be easier to create.

Step 3

Think about using a picture of your baby on the outside or the inside of a folded invitation. This is a great way to personalize the invitation.

Step 4

Consider using Christian symbols as you create your christening invitations. Look at preprinted invitations for ideas.

Step 5

Budget carefully. If you are using lace, stencils, tissue paper and beads on your invitations, the costs will quickly rise. If your budget is small, keep your invitations simple.  

Step 6 

Stick to basics. Remember, you have a new baby in the house and probably don't have a great deal of time to create complex invitations. Include your baby's name, the family name, RSVP information and date, place and time on the invitation. Consider putting small maps inside the envelopes before you mail the invitations. Invite your friends and family to contact you for further information about the christening.

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