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Thursday, December 29 2016

Planning Your Child's Baptism

I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Although the same Bible verse from Matthew 28:19 may be used during both baptisms and christenings, the ceremonies do have different feels to them. A baptism is generally less formal and liturgical than a christening ceremony. In recent times, child baptisms have started taking place in the midst of a church service on Sunday, rather than on a separate date.  Answering the following questions will help you start planning your child's baptism service.

When should the service take place?

Before deciding if the baptism should take place during a Sunday service or on a separate date, think about how many people you plan to invite who do not regularly attend your church. If it's less a dozen close friends and relatives, you're probably better off inviting them to attend the church service in order to witness your child's baptism. If you plan to invite a large number of guests that will not be able to fit in the church along with the regular members, then you should plan your event at a separate time. Discuss options with your pastor or minister to see when he is available and when the church hall is available for your function. If you plan to invite guests from out of town, it's best to schedule the date for a weekend and send out baptism invitations at least one month in advance.

How old should my child be?

This question really depends on how you, personally, see baptism and where your home church stands on the issue. Many denominations will only allow children to be baptized when they are old enough to issue a statement of faith and a personal testimony of their relationship with God. Other denominations will baptize infants and toddlers whose parents are the initiators of the rite.

Should I send out invitations?

If you're planning your event outside of a regular Sunday service, or if you're inviting people who do not regularly attend your church, you'd do best to send out baptism invitations. While christening invitations are usually white and display a more formal tone, baptism invitations can be playful and even sport a photo of the child who is to be baptized.  Symbols of the cross or guardian angels can add some color and detail to your invitation cards. Adding a photo of your child is a sure-fire way to make this event personal for guests and give them a memoir they can cherish.

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Tuesday, December 27 2016

How to Personalize Your Baby's Christening With Photos

Your baby's baptism is a special and spiritual event meant to be shared with family and friends.  Whether you're planning a small get together at your home after the church service or an elaborate reception to celebrate, you'll want to commemorate this important day.  Here are some easy ideas you can use to personalize your baby's christening with photos.

1. Photo baptism invitations are a wonderful way to set the stage for your baby's special day.  You can include one or more photos of your precious little angel, plus information on the church service and a request to share the celebration after the ceremony.  It's a great way to introduce your little one to those who may never have met him in person. These photo christening invitations will stand out and get your invitation noticed.

2. Photo baptism bookmarks can be given either to each person who attends your baby's christening service at the church, or just to family and friends who celebrate with you later.  But either way, they're unique keepsakes.   There's room for your baby's photo and a personalized message.  You can even add a favorite Bible verse.  They're especially appropriate for the occasion, because they can hold a place in the Bibles of your guests as a constant reminder of your baby's christening. 

3. Photo baptism favors are available in a variety of products.  Photo magnets are a popular choice, because it is inevitable that they will end up prominently displayed on your guest's refrigerators.   There are photo candles, coasters, keyrings and mirrors, just to name a few. 

Sweet treats are another good choice for photo christening favors.  You can make your own photo candy bar wrappers, download free templates from the internet or have them made for you.  These wrappers replace the brand name ones on standard chocolate bars.  Or for something even more unusual,  you can order photo chocolate lollipop favors, which contain your baby's photo and personalization.  The photo is actually printed right onto the chocolate itself using safe, tasteless food dyes. 

4. Photo baptism centerpieces are easy to make.  Place teddy bears on your table and have each of them hold a small framed photo of your baby.  To take it a step further, you can find angel bears on the internet or pick up a pair of teddy bear wings and accessories at your local Build-A-Bear.

Another idea is to use flower pots spray painted a pastel color. Fill with styrofoam.  Take heavy gauge craft wire, cut to different lengths, coil, and then flatten the coil.  Stick the uncoiled ends into the styrofoam, and slip photos of your baby into the flattened coils. 

5. A photo baptism memory book is one of the nicest gifts you can give to your baby as a tribute to the occasion.  Because he is too young to remember this day, you can document it for him.  Take lots of photos of your baby and your guests.  Don't forget to take snapshots of the outside of the church, as well as the party decorations at the reception.  Include the photo invitations and a photo favor.  Have each of the guests write a comment on a page that you slip into the memory book.

As you can see, it doesn't take much effort to personalize your baby's baptism with photos. You can be sure your guests will appreciate and admire the pictures of your baby as they join in this joyful celebration.  After all, it's all about your little one and his christening day.

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Sunday, December 04 2016

Christening Gown Trends

Increasingly popular is a return to what was. The Christening gown is of no exception when it comes to following the trends. This trend is especially evident in clothing and furniture as individuals opt for distressed and antique finishes, or flashback clothing that reminds you of hideous outfits you used to wear. Your baby’s Christening gown should be an extension of your baby, your family and your faith; therefore, it is ultimately up to you whether or not you follow what the “experts” say is the hot new trend.

Traditionally, a Christening gown was made up of many layers because one layer was used so that the baby’s name could be embroidered on the inside. The gown would then be passed on from generation to generation and each baby’s name would be embroidered on the inside. If you are considering purchasing a Christening outfit or gown for the purpose of passing it down throughout the generations, then this idea is a beautiful sentimental reminder of babies who have all worn the gown in the past.

Most gowns today are white, however, you will find some gowns that have colors added to them in the form of pink ribbons, or blue bows. If people have trouble distinguishing whether your baby is a boy or girl, then a touch of color might help eliminate that annoying question!

Also popular is a christening gown that is hand tailored with material from the mother’s wedding dress. If you are not too attached to your dress then this idea is perfect if you are creating a Christening outfit or gown that is to become your family heirloom. Tailors can add elegant laces, soft fabrics and heirloom sewing techniques to make the gown a unique entity that will be part of your family for years to come.

Whether the Christening gown is made of Cotton Swiss Batiste, Swiss Organdy, Irish Linen, Silk Batiste, Silk Organza or English Netting, you are bound to fall in love with the finish and texture of the material. These fabrics ensure the gown looks fit for a prince or princess. If you happen to come across Christening outfits made from these materials, rest assured you are getting the best money can offer.

A baby’s Christening Day is important on both a spiritual and social level. Finding the right Christening gown is not that difficult as there are a variety of stores offering and gowns to suit any style and any budget. Consider opting for a Christening dress or gown that can become an heirloom piece and start your own trend within the family!
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