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Wednesday, June 25 2014

Unique Christening Presents For Boys
By Hugh Williams

It's fun to give unique christening gifts, but buying for boys can be hard. Here are five cool gifts your godson or child will like:

Present a Savings Account

A very common gift today is to give some sort of investment to the child. You can get a savings account in his name, or even purchase bonds and stocks for him. They will be held in a trust for him until he reaches the age of majority. Giving an investment like this one of the most useful christening presents for boys you can give.

Silver Dog Tags

Many people like to keep the tradition of giving silver christening presents alive, but don't want to give a spoon. Have you considered buying silver dog-tags instead? Small versions are available to fit a child, or you can even find full size ones for him to grow into. These are unique christening presents for boys that will definitely be remembered for years.

Personalised Money Box or Piggy Bank

Look for a more manly version of the traditional piggy bank. Maybe a digger, football, or locomotive design would look good. Giving a child a money box will help them learn about finances and can be personalised easily.

A Drink

Presenting a bottle of port or scotch from the year of the child's christening is an interesting idea. Vintages from this year are easily obtainable, too. His parents will hold onto this present until the child comes of age and can enjoy it.

Treasure Box Time Capsule

Imagine opening up a time capsule 18 years after your christening. What would be fun to find in it? Some photos of him as a baby, maybe a copy of the current hit children's DVD, a newspaper or magazine from the day he was christened. Use your imagination here on this one! Time capsules will make such unique christening presents.

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Thursday, June 19 2014

The Significance of Christenings

For Christian families, christening or baptism of their young one's is one of the most significant parts of their children's infancy. It means that the young one's original sin is being erased and he or she becomes a full-pledged child of God. It also signifies the young one's entrance into the Christian faith and the family and community welcomes him or her to their fold.

This event is marked with a ceremony ordinarily held in church. For the Catholics, youngsters are brought to church wearing white, with his or her parents and godparents. The latter are chosen by the parents and have the duty to help raise the child to believe in the Church's commandments as well as guide him or her as the child grows up. They have a significant role in the ceremony and also in the child's life. The young one would then be placed near the baptismal font and water is poured over his or her forehead to signify his or her being cleanse of sin followed by the formal giving of the child's name.

The actual christening is short and the family ordinarily goes home or to a restaurant to celebrate the happy day. Some people have different faiths or religion and as such, are unaware of this ceremony. They wouldn't know what to expect or do not get the significance of christening. It's suggested that if you are inviting guests over to your child's christening; tell them a bit about this tradition and its importance. Also, if you are inviting a person to be your young one's godparent, make sure that he or she is someone that the family knows closely. And if he or she is not of the Christian denomination, explain the tradition fully and apprise him of his role in your child's raising.

On the other hand, if you are the invitee and only have a small knowledge of what you're suppose to do, you should recall that it's customary to give gifts to the young one on this day. It's not mandatory but it would be nice to do so. Unlike birthday gifts, christening gifts should be timeless pieces, something that they can use when they're older. Godparents would ordinarily present the child with jewelry such as simple necklaces with cross pendants or earrings with the child's birthstone. Some folks go all out and give their godchildren pearl chokers or beautiful rings. Jewelry is just an expression of this wonderful event in a nipper's life. It signifies longevity and a strong commitment from the godparents to their godchildren.

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Friday, June 13 2014

Homemade Christening Cakes

As with all significant life-stage events, marking the occasion of your child’s christening or baptism with a cake is a popular tradition. Unlike birthday cakes, the naming day event has additional significance so christening cakes tend to be more like wedding cakes than party or birthday cakes. Customizable in a variety of flavors and decorations, christening cakes can range from the simple sheet cake to extravagant stacked tiers.

History of Christening:
Baptism, or christening, became a Christian right of passage following the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the River Jordan in the Middle East. It was said to represent purification and the washing away of sin, so that the individual was free to enter the kingdom of God and the practice was readily adopted by early Christians.

Traditionally the celebration of the christening marks the day the child is formally accepted into the religious community. The occasion is often marked by the child receiving a Christian name and is attended by the child’s family members, friends and others who pledge to take a prominent role in the child’s spiritual development.

The ceremony, which often takes place in a church and is conducted by an ordained member of the church, is then usually followed by a luncheon or dinner party hosted by the child’s parents and family. Gifts, that are also intended to guide or help the child in life, are given by attendees.

One of the central elements to this celebration is the christening cake. Christening cakes can take a variety of sizes and shapes and are usually decorated with white icing accented with pastel colors.

Christian Cross Cake:
One simple, yet elegant, and very traditional shape for a christening cake is to mould the cake in the shape of a cross. To do this you can bake your cake in a regular sheet pan. Once cooled, the cake can be cut and formed into the shape of a cross and decorated with your favorite icing. Spread vanilla butter cream or royal icing in a thin layer over the entire surface area of the cake. Use food coloring to lightly tint some extra frosting and use a piping bag fitted with a star tip to pipe a decorative border.

Tiered Christening Cake:
For larger parties, you may consider making a multi-tier christening cake. Tier cakes can be made wit either round or rectangle cakes or a combination of both. Bake your cakes, allow them to cool and cover with icing. Arrange the cakes in size order starting with the largest on the bottom to the smallest on top. If necessary, you can insert wooden dowels for support. This is a good idea if you are using a heavy cake such as fruit or mud cake to form your tiers.

Once the tiers are secured in place, decorate the christening cake layers with colored icing, candies, flowers or fresh fruit. A ribbon around the base of each layer helps to tidy up any messy joins. Use pins to secure the ribbon but be sure to remove them before serving.

Modern christening cakes can take nearly any shape or form; they no longer need to be presented in the shape of a cross. Visit your local craft store to see what kinds of moulds or baking pans are available.

Cupcake Christening Cake:
Another nice idea is to make a cupcake christening cake, formed of individual cupcakes that are stacked on tiers or stands to resemble the traditional tiered cake. Cupcakes can be made with traditional cake batter divided into individual paper lined baking cups. Once cooled, these mini cakes can be decorated with traditional butter cream and sprinkles.

For more experienced cake bakers, you can create a tiered cake covered in fondant. Ready to use fondant is widely available in baking supply stores and can be molded into various shapes or colored with food coloring but can be difficult to work with, so inexperienced bakers and decorators might need to practice a bit. Fondant can be cut into whimsical shapes such as hearts, crosses, polka dots and more.

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Monday, June 09 2014

Example of Baby Dedication in Scripture

And she (Hannah) made a vow, saying, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head." 1 Samuel 1:11 (NIV)

When God answered Hannah's prayer by giving her a son, she remembered her vow:

"As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there. 1 Samuel 1:26-28 (NIV)
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Monday, June 02 2014

Catholic Christenings

The Catholic Church in England & Wales defines baptism as “the sacrament which makes one a member of the Church”. To Catholics, being “washed with holy waters” during the christening signifies the washing away of original sin and being reborn to a new life in Christ.

Officially, your child can only have a Catholic christening if at least one parent is a Catholic as the priest needs to have a “well-founded hope” that your child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith. For the same reason, you will normally be expected to attend pre-baptism preparation classes for your first child (usually 2 sessions) – ask your parish priest or local church for details and timings of the classes.

What happens during the service?

The ceremony usually takes place in your parish church during the main Sunday service so that the child can be publicly welcomed into the church community. This may mean that a number of children are christened in the same ceremony. However, some parishes may be able to arrange a private service after the main service so speak to your priest about the options.

During the ceremony, the parents and godparents will be directed to gather at front of church or round the font with the child. They will then be asked to make declarations or promises on behalf of the child that they believe in God and will bring the child up to follow Jesus

The priest will make the sign of the cross as a badge to show that Christians are united with Christ and pour water on the child’s head to signify that the child is washed free of sin and raised to a new life with Christ. In some ceremonies the priest may then anoint the child with oil to symbolize the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit

The congregation will then welcome the child into the Church and a candle may be lit in the church and/or given to the parent. This is a reminder of the light which has come into the child’s life.

Some priests will allow parents or guests to choose readings and hymns – again, speak to your priest about the options.

Promises Made

Celebrant: Do you reject Satan?
Parents and godparents: I do.
Celebrant: And all his works?
Parents and godparents: I do.
Celebrant: And all his empty promises?
Parents and godparents: I do.

Godparents (Sponsors)

The Catholic Church says that one godparent is sufficient and not more than two are allowed. If you are having two godparents, then one should be male and one female.  The Godparents cannot be the parents of the child and they should be baptized and preferably confirmed.

The Church considers the role of the Godparent an Important and responsible role, with an obligation to instruct the child concerning faith and morals in default of the child’s parents.

Non-catholic Christians can be “witnesses” but not Godparents


Baptism is free however there may be a small charge for the baptismal certificate or an administration fee.  You might like to consider making a donation to the church.
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