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Friday, January 25 2013

Girls Christening Gifts In Silver

One of the most important moments in a little girl's life happens when they are too young to remember it – their Christening. Of course they'll be able to look back at pictures and videos once they get older, but wouldn't it also be nice if they had some special keepsakes to commemorate that most important of days.

Now, the debate on what makes a perfect christening present has been going on since the beginning of time. One thing that most people always seem to agree on is that whether your taste is traditional or modern, silver is always a brilliant choice for girls christening gifts. Some to consider are:

Silver Heart Rattle – This delightful rattle is not only beautiful to the eye but is also pleasing to the ear with it's wonderfully soothing chime. This is a sweet piece can be passed down from generation to generation.

Silver First Tooth Pot – They only ever lose that first tooth once so you'll want to be sure to keep it safe. The perfect place is in this beautiful sterling silver pot which is guarded by a sweet little sterling silver fairy, there to keep your treasure safe.

D For Diamond Heart Locket – This special keepsake can be saved for her until she gets a little older. It's a beautiful silver heart locket featuring a single diamond, the perfect present for the little gem in your life.

Silver Baby Bangle – This solid silver bangle will look sweet on baby and also doesn't have any small moveable parts.

You also don't want to forget about the people who made this special day possible... the proud Mum and Dad. Some ideas for Dad include a set of brushed steel cufflinks, polished silver tag pendants on an ID chain or even a solid silver Ingot Paperweight. Some ideas for Mum range from crystal flower earrings, a Mother of Pearl pendant or a silver teardrop bracelet.

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Wednesday, January 23 2013


The Brit Milah (Hebrew), also Bris (Yiddish) is a ceremony traditionally practiced in Judaism which welcomes baby boys into the covenant. This is a ritual circumcision performed in the presence of family and friends in a ceremonial manner, followed by a celebratory meal. Baby girls were traditionally welcomed with a smaller and more private naming ceremony.

The Purpose of The Brit Milah

Jews believe that the commandment to circumcise one's male children was to formalize a covenant between Jews and God. Most Jews claim that circumcision is religiously necessary because of its biblical prescription. According to the Bible, circumcision was enjoined upon the biblical patriarch Abraham and his descendants as "a token of the covenant" concluded with him by God for all generations. The penalty of non-observance was karet, excision from the people (Gen. 17:10-14, 21:4; Lev. 12:3). Non-Israelites had to undergo circumcision before they could be allowed to partake of the feast of Passover (Ex. 12:48), or marry into a Jewish family (Gen. 34:14-16).

According to the Bible, it was "a reproach" for an Israelite to be uncircumcised (Josh. 5:9.) The name arelim (uncircumcised) became an opprobrious term, denoting the Philistines and other non-Israelites (I Sam. 14:6, 31:4; II Sam. i. 20) and used synonymously with tame (unclean) for heathen (Isa. 52:1). The word 'arel' (uncircumcised) is also employed for "unclean" (Lev. xxvi. 41, "their uncircumcised hearts"; compare Jer. ix. 25; Ezek. xliv. 7, 9); it is even applied to the first three years' fruit of a tree, which is forbidden (Lev. xix. 23).

However, the Israelites born in the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt reportedly did not practice circumcision. As recorded in Josh. 5:2-9, "all the people that came out" of Egypt were circumcised, but those "born in the wilderness" were not. Therefore Joshua, before the celebration of the Passover, had them circumcised at Gilgal.

Deut. x. 16 (compare ib. xxx. 6 and Jer. iv. 4) says, "Circumcise the foreskin of your heart," thus giving the rite a spiritual meaning; circumcision as a physical act being enjoined nowhere in the whole book. Jer. ix. 25, 26 says that circumcised and uncircumcised will be punished alike by the Lord; for "all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart."

Evolution of Brit Milah

The original form of circumcision practiced by Jews was more minimal than the form performed today. This rite, milah, initially consisted of cutting off only the tip of the foreskin, the floppy part that extends past the glans in the normal male infant. Two thousand years ago, Jewish hellenists, wanting to assimilate into Greek society, obliterated the sign of their "tip" circumcisions. Most of their foreskins were still intact, so they found ways to lengthen them, to make it look as if they had not been circumcised at all. This practice was unacceptable to the Jewish community at large; the community responded by changing the circumcision rite to remove all of the foreskin. Babies circumcised in this manner could not later hide the fact that they were Jewish.
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Thursday, January 17 2013

Differences in a Baby Dedication & a Christening

Our religions provide us with many rich traditions that are important landmarks in our lives. The earliest of these landmarks is typically the christening or baby dedication. Both of these rituals celebrate the beginning of a new life. Though they share similar meanings and purposes, they are different events.

The Meaning of Christening

1.      The christening is a ceremony that baptizes an infant and celebrates his entrance into a Christian community. The idea of christening a child is to give him a strong Christian foundation on which to build his life. It also introduces the child to his new church family.

The Meaning of Dedication

2.      In a baby dedication, a mother and father dedicate their lives to making sure their newborn child is raised with a strong Christian influence. It's about showing appreciation to God for blessing them with this new human life and asking for God's guidance in raising their child. Where a christening is more focused on the child, a dedication is a more family-oriented affair.

Christening Ceremonies

3.      Three kinds of christening services exist. All require the involvement of not just the child's parents but also the godparents. In a blessing, the child is brought before God and her church family with thanksgiving. The officiant then says a prayer asking God to bless the child and watch over her. Baptism is the act of washing away the baby's sins and welcoming her into her Christian life. Another service involves not only baptizing the child but also giving her a name, often a biblical name.

Baby Dedication Ceremonies

4.      In the dedication ceremony the parents and any other children stand to the right of the pastor. Grandparents or godparents stand to the left. The pastor holds the baby during dedication prayers. The ceremony includes the reading of scriptures and ask the parents to pledge their energy to setting the best Christian example for their child. The service, of course, will vary depending on your faith. Baby dedications are common practice for those who pledge a wide variety of faiths, including Buddhists, Mormons and Baptists.
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Thursday, January 10 2013

Christening Gowns in Linens - For a Comfortable Baby!

If you are having your baby christened in a warm climate, take a look at the array of christening gowns in linens that are available. Linen is a very light fabric which can look formal if starched, or less formal but not less beautiful if left natural. For a christening in Phoenix, Arizona for example, linen would be a perfect choice.

Un-starched linen is such a soft fabric that it lends itself to beautiful decoration so that elaborately embroidered or smocked christening gowns can be made with it. White linen looks clean, fresh and cool so that any baby christened in a linen gown should look unaffected by the heat.

Comfort is Necessary for the Baby at a Christening

A baby's christening is for many families the first big event in the child's life. It's the first chance that many friends and relatives get to see the baby and so the choosing the perfect christening gown for the occasion is a big decision. One of the most important factors to consider for the christening gown is that it's comfortable for the baby to wear.

Many babies object to be handled by strangers, and even more object to having water poured over their heads, so adding fussy frills and un-necessarily uncomfortable clothes isn't going to make the baby very happy. A happy baby is a content baby and a content baby is far more likely to put up with the other events of the day so make sure that the christening gown you choose makes the baby feel comfortable. It shouldn't be too restrictive, or too heavy. Choose a gown that fits the climate at the time of the christening, and if possible, choose a gown that can have small stains sponged off!
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Monday, January 07 2013
Gifts for a Godmother
By Kendall Olsen, eHow Contributor
updated: September 22, 2009

Consider the Relationship
1.  Flowers are always appropriate
Find a gift that best fits the godchild-grandmother relationship when selecting a gift for a godmother. While any gift is certainly appreciated, the formality of the relationship should dictate what gift is chosen. Choose elegant or personalized gifts for more formal or distant relationships. While flowers are always appropriate, no matter what the relationship, more thoughtful gifts show that you care. Elegant gifts for godmothers can be anything from clocks, silver-plated hair brushes and pen and pencil sets to compacts with mirrors, jewelry boxes or candy dishes. Other gifts suited for a more formal relationship include statuettes, vases, engraved photo albums, pewter trays, china tea sets or napkin rings. Religious gifts may also be appropriate; they may include special plaques or crucifixes.
Personal and Fun Gifts
2.     If the godmother and godchild are more casual or close, gifts can be more meaningful. More personal gifts may include photo bracelets filled with pictures, lockets or DVD recordings of the baptism. Other personal gifts can be items such as watches, bracelets or clocks or special pieces of jewelry with personalized inscriptions. There are many different types of inscriptions that can be placed on sentimental items. Poems, short personal notes, terms of endearment or quotes all make good choices for godmother-inspired inscriptions. Handmade gifts such as scrapbooks, framed art work or letters or painted pottery all work well for close godmother-godchild relationships.

Fun or humorous gifts can also be acceptable for the right person. Shirts that say "fairy godmother" or other sayings, fairy godmother wands or faux glass slippers can also be fun for the right occasion. Godmother coffee mugs, children's books about godparents and stuffed animals also make wonderful and fun gifts.
Include Words of Gratitude
3.     Regardless of who the gift is for, it should always be accompanied by a thoughtful note or letter. Godparent-godchild relationships are special and should be treated as such. Notes of appreciation, thanks, and gratitude are a must when putting a gift together.
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Friday, January 04 2013
Christening Verses/Poems Quotes

God grant your little one
All the blessing of His gentle love
It's young (Baby’s Name) Christening
This card is sent to say
Enjoy, and be filled with pride
On your very special day
It's (Baby’s Name) Christening
So we send this card to say
Enjoy it, and be filled with pride
On this very special day
At (Baby’s Name) Christening
The Lord will be there
Watching and listening
Your darling little angel
Was sent from Heaven above
As you celebrate his (her) christening
You're surrounding him (her) with love
First came love
Then came marriage
Then came (name)
In a baby carriage
Now's the time
To make it all complete
And to hold the Christening
Of this child so sweet
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