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Monday, October 31 2016

Preparing For Your Baby's Christening

The christening of a baby is a great cause for celebration as the church welcomes in a new member of the family. Being properly prepared for the christening will ensure everything goes smoothly, from setting the date to cleaning up after the reception.

Select a day to celebrate the birth of your child and welcome him into the church community of believers. Send out invitations to the ceremony as early as possible.

Choose the baby's godparents. You want people who will be a good example in faith and action to your child as he/she grows. Godparents are entrusted with the life of your child should your lives come to an end. Consult with your local clergy to determine whether both of the godparents must be of the same faith or if one confirmed church member will suffice.

Learn about the significance of christening and each aspect of the ceremony by attending the classes set up by your local clergy. The godparents you select should also plan to attend classes to learn about and prepare for their responsibilities to the newborn child.

Arrange for the gown your baby will wear during the christening ceremony. You may purchase a new gown or use a gown passed down through your family. The color white signifies the purity of life found in Christ. Baby boys may wear a white suit or a white shirt and pants if you don't want to use a traditional gown for the ceremony. Consult with your clergy on the clothing options for your son, because different parishes may have slightly different standards.

Select the Christian name your child will use at the christening ceremony. You can find many names to choose from as well as their associated meanings online.

Prepare for a banquet or a less formal reception after your baby's christening. Invite all of your family and friends to attend the celebration.

Tips & Warnings

Ask the priest about the church's rules on photography and videos during the christening. You don't want to offend parish members or the clergy by taking forbidden pictures during the ceremony. Be sure to notify attendees of the rules.

Find out how much the candle will cost for the christening ceremony and any other christening-related costs you need to cover at the church.
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Wednesday, October 19 2016

What Do People Give for Baby Christening/Baptism Gifts?

According to etiquette expert Emily Post, "The standard christening gift, is a silver mug, a porringer, or a knife, fork, and spoon, marked usually with the baby’s name and that of the giver" Times may have moved on since that sentence was written in 1922, and although the choice of what to buy has widened, the decision has not become any easier

Christenings/baptism, or the modern and secular naming ceremonies, are held to welcome a new baby into a church or family. A christening or naming ceremony is an important time in anyone’s life, and most people have a memento or keepsake to remind them that they been christened or named in the first place. But what do guests at these ceremonies, particularly the godparents or mentors, choose to give as baby christening gifts nowadays? Should we continue to follow the Victorian formula of "something useful in silver or religious readings" - gifts with traditional values, or can we branch out with something more modern and less formal without giving offence or feeling we have fallen short in our ''godparents duties'' on day 1.

There is no doubt that the traditional silver egg cups, cutlery sets, hair brushes and napkin rings are still very welcome and can be the start of a new family heirloom collection, but rather than slavishly follow gifts that have been given since Victorian times, why not ring the changes in the twenty first century. There is no real limit to the sort of gift to choose, the fact that it is not ''traditional'' doesn’t make it any the less meaningful or personal, but rather that you have used your knowledge of the baby’s parents to provide a gift that perhaps more closely follows their outlook and aspirations for their baby.

Exchange the silver cross necklace for a matched pair of "Mummy and Me" bracelets or a premium bond for a piggy bank. If you’re feeling particularly generous you could even lay down a case of vintage port for the baby - along with the condition that he opens the first bottle with you!

Or, rather than giving the traditional silver "pusher and spoon" cutlery set, buy a sterling silver chip fork instead - it’s certain to raise a smile and is perfect for the child that will do everything in style.

But if you feel that chip forks aren’t ''quite the thing'', then you might consider a silver dog tag necklace, a tooth fairy box, a picture frame or even a Quaich to give just four alternatives that bridge the gap between ancient and modern.

But if traditional silver is not for you, then what about a beautiful personalized wooden keepsake box, a presentation newspaper from baby’s birth date or a photograph frame containing a special memento?

The choice of gifts is endless, but above all, the gift should be one that will last, and one that can be looked back on by the 21 year old "baby". In our modern ''throwaway society'', one tradition of christening gifts should be maintained, even if the type of gift has changed radically. Christening gifts should be made to last, because everybody needs memories.
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Monday, October 17 2016

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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Thursday, October 06 2016

How to Remove Yellowing in a Christening/Baptism Dress

Babies are usually baptized wearing a white dress to symbolize purity.

Babies and young children wear christening or baptism gowns when they are baptized. The yellowing on a white fabric like a christening/baptism gown comes from oxidization or exposure to light. Some fabrics like silk start to turn yellow when exposed to too much natural light. Other fabrics start to yellow from exposure to oxygen over time, which is why yellowing is often associated with age. Christening/Baptism dresses hold emotional significance and are often passed down from one generation to the next. The age of these dresses often means yellowing. There are different opinions about the best and most effective way to remove yellowing from a christening/baptism dress. Take your dress to a professional cleaner if you are looking for the safest choice or dealing with a delicate fabric. However, if you want to get the yellowing out yourself, there are a couple of different soaking methods you can use.

1 Wash the dress using a whitener/brightener. An optical brightener is actually a dye that absorbs light. The fabric reflects more blue light to counteract the yellowing, making it appear whiter and brighter, a process also known as bluing. This method is an option for sturdier fabrics that you can wet-clean.

2 Soak the dress in a bleach solution. Bleach works wells on sturdy fabrics such as cotton. Use enough warm water to cover the dress in the container of your choice. Add between a 1/2 cup and 1 cup of bleach along with a little bit of detergent. Let the dress soak in the solution and agitate the dress from time to time in the water to ensure that there are no creases. Cotton is also durable enough to stand up to stain-fighting detergents such as OxiClean. Soaking the dress in a container also allows you to check the progress of the fabric. Continue to check on the fabric as you start to see it work. When it has reached the desired whiteness, rinse it thoroughly two or three times and hang to dry. If you want to bleach wool, try using hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach.

3 Take the dress to a professional cleaner. If your dress is made of a delicate fabric such as silk that does not hold up well to regular cleaning, you need the experience of a professional who can work to remove the yellowing without harming the fabric.
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Monday, October 03 2016

Poems and Readings for a Christening or Naming Ceremony

Most of the following poems and readings could be used for either a christening or naming ceremony, although some celebrants do not permit references to God in a naming ceremony.  If in doubt speak to the priest or celebrant about your choice of readings. 

Being Parents Children Learn what they Live

If children live with criticism,
They learn to condemn;
If children live with hostility,
They learn how to fight;
If children live with ridicule,
They learn to be shy;
If children live with shame,
They learn to feel guilty;

If children live with tolerance,
They learn to be patient;
If children live with encouragement,
They learn to have confidence;
If children live with praise,
They learn to appreciate;
If children live with fairness,
They learn justice;
If children live with security,
They learn to have faith;
If children live with approval,
They learn to like themselves;
If children live with love around them,
They learn to give love to the world.

Dorothy Law Nolte

    On Children 

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Kahlil Gibran


“Walk a little slower Daddy” said a child so small
“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For I must follow you.


A Mother’s Wish

I hope my child looks back on today
And sees a mother who had time to play.
There will be years for cleaning and cooking,
But children grow up when you’re not looking.
Tomorrow I’ll do all the chores you can mention
But today, my baby needs time and attention.
So settle down cobwebs; dust go to sleep,
I’m cuddling my baby, and babies don’t keep.


A Poem For Parents

There are little eyes upon you,
And they are watching night and day;
There are little ears that quickly
Take in every word you say.

There are little hands all eager
To do everything you do;
and a little boy who's dreaming
Of the day he'll be like you.

You're the little fellow's idol;
You're the wisest of the wise;
In his little mind, about you
No suspicions ever rise.

He believes in you devotedly,
Holds that all you say and do,
He will say and do in your way
When he's grown up like you.

There's a wide-eyed little fellow
Who believes you're always right;
And his ears are always open,
And he watches day and night.

You are setting an example
Every day in all you do;
For the little boy who's waiting
To grow up to be just like you.

Author Unknown
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Saturday, October 01 2016

Christening/Baptism Ceremony Invitation Wording

So you've decided on everything for your young one's baptism. The venue, the guests, the food, everything! The only thing left (and probably the most important) is sending out the invites. And it needs to have the best wording. Read the following samples for some ideas.

1 - We invite you to share our joy as we baptize our precious daughter (name). Please bring your  family along to (place) on (date) at (time) and join us for lunch after the ceremony.

Looking forward to seeing you,
(name of father and mother)

2 - Mr. and Mrs. (name) are delighted to inform you that their lovely daughter (name) will be baptized on (date). The ceremony will take place at (place) at (time). Lunch will be served after the ceremony.

RSVP - (contact details of parents)

3 - God has blessed us with a wonderful baby boy (name) whom we will be baptizing on the (date). We request your presence on this joyous occasion at (place) between (start time of ceremony) and (end time of ceremony).

Please do join us for a short snack thereafter.

Thank you,
(names of parents)

4 - "We prayed for this child and the Lord has granted us what we asked of Him." 1 Samuel 1:27

We thank the Lord for the lovely baby girl (name) that He has blessed us with. As we baptize her on (date), we wish you to join us at (place and time) and celebrate this glorious occasion and also for a light meal afterward.

(names of parents)

5 - The Lord said, "Let the children come to me. For to such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 19:14.

Join us as the Lord welcomes our lovely baby boy (name) into His Kingdom on (date). The baptism ceremony will begin at (time and place). Do linger for a short brunch thereafter.

The Lord be with you,
(names of parents)

These were some samples that you can use while writing out baptism invites. Use pretty stationery and personalize the invitations by getting your baby's picture(s) printed on the invites. May God bless your little one!
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