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Monday, September 26 2016

Creating a Christening Wish List

Christenings, also known as baptisms and baby blessings, are religious rituals that take place at worship centers and led by the center's clergy. These rituals, held for babies and small children, serve as their very first formal introductions to religious practices and beliefs. If perhaps you are arranging a Christening for your kid, the church will take care of the majority of the aspects for the ceremony, but there are some things you should collect to ensure that your child is really prepared for his big day. Soon after the Christening ceremony, you might as well decide to hold a small reception for the family and friends you request to be a part of the Christening ceremony. These tips will assist you when you and your loved ones plan your Christening wish list.

Talk to Your Church

Organizing a Christening commences with contacting your family's church. The pastor or minister would provide you with a date and time for the event, along with a set of things to complete or get and an overview of exactly how the ceremony is performed. After you have the time, date and location, it is time to start inviting guests, such as close friends and family. If you are choosing Godparents for your kid, inquire the individuals and then offer your church leader with their names. Some religious organizations include the Godparents into the Christening ceremony.

Getting ready for the Christening Ceremony

Remaining well organized while you are planning for your kid's Christening is key. You can easily put together a wish list in order to maintain an ongoing listing of items you have to obtain for the ceremony. You will be able to save the list and access it later, as well as easily share it via e-mail and social media with various other members of your family who may assist you with your preparation endeavors.

You will need invitations to make family and friends aware of the date, time and location of the Christening ceremony and reception. You can obtain these from a discount online retailer, a site such as Etsy or perhaps have them created at a neighborhood invitation store. Traditionally, kids wear a white dress, Christening suit or gown for the Christening ceremony. You can pair the ceremonial attire with complimenting white shoes, socks, a bib, a bonnet or hat or a hair accessory, like a bow or barrette. Based on the time-of-year, and also temperature within your church, you may need to include a baby blanket to your shopping list. You could obtain a soft, cuddly baby blanket personalized with your child's initials or name and the date of the Christening ceremony. The blanket could as well be saved as a keepsake. Children get sloppy, so get an outfit your child can put on to the reception, so that you keep the ceremonial outfit in tip-top condition.

Hosting a Christening Ceremony Reception

The reception for your child's Christening can be so simple as juice and cake or cookies, or you can have it catered with a buffet or sit-down meal. Some families even choose to have dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. In case you're organizing a private reception at your house, or at your church, you can include supplies such as paper plates and cups, table cloths, serving utensils, eating utensils, decor and centerpieces and napkins to your Christening wish list.

Protecting Keepsakes and Sharing Memories

Given that a Christening marks a significant milestone in your child's life, you need to protect the reminiscences of it. You'll wish to save the Christening outfit and accessories. Preserve the greeting cards and photographs from family, friends and church leaders. Add a preservation garment bag, personalized padded white hanger, certificate holder and memory book to your wish list.

Gifting Suggestions

Friends and relations generally provide gifts to Christening, baby blessings and baptism ceremonies. Typical presents comprise of picture frames, blankets, bibs, piggy banks, cards and books. Since a few invited guests may ask what types of items they need to get, you can easily use a wish list to make a gift wish list for your child. Simply provide the list to family members and friends who check about gift giving. You can include any necessities your child may need on the wish list, and also religious items, like a cross-shape picture frame or a children's bible. You might as well cover any stuff that will assist you protect memories and keepsakes from your kid's Christening day.

Stay Well Organized

A wish list will help you keep your child's Christening wish list organized and worry-free. It serves dual purposes by imparting you with a manner to create a shopping list you can make use of to get ready for the Christening ceremony, and as a gift giving guide for guests participating in the special event.
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Wednesday, September 21 2016

Godmother Baptism Gifts

By David McGuffin, eHow Contributor

If you have named a godmother for your soon-to-be-baptized infant, then you may want to consider a specialized gift for such an occasion. Although it is not a requirement to give a gift to the godmother, it may be something, even as a trinket, that becomes memorable and special to your relationship with her years down the road.

Commemorative Cross

  • Select a commemorative cross as a baptism gift for your child's godmother. There are a variety of crosses to choose from, including those that have symbolic meaning and are crafted by artisans from Israel. Other crosses may be included as a statue or ceramic piece that commemorates the date of the baptism with a scene of a shepherd or a baby.


  • You can order a plaque commemorating this special day. Giving your child's godmother a plaque could include a special engraving with the date of the baptism and a picture of your child. Having a nice plaque to hang in the godmother's house can help her to remember her friendship with your family and spiritual obligation as she actively participates in your child's growth and development.


  • Jewelry, such as a special ring or a locket with a picture of your child, can remind the godmother about her special relationship with your family and her role in your child's life. One of the benefits of using jewelry is that the godmother actively remembers her importance in your child's life as she puts on and takes off the jewelry item on a regular basis.


  • Giving a rosary to your child's godmother can be a gift that is used on daily basis if your family is Catholic. According to, a godmother should be chosen based on her spiritual and moral qualities, which include a meaningful and dutiful prayer life. Therefore, using a rosary as a gift can be helpful in reminding the godmothers of her dedication and responsibility towards praying for your family.
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Monday, September 19 2016

Fabric Choices For a Christening Gown

While choosing a christening gown for the infant, it is very important to select a gown that is comfortable apart from being attractive. The event may take a long time to complete for which the baby will remain in the same clothes. As the baby is just born, the gown material should be utterly soft and soothing. So you should check that the gown is soft both from the inside and the outside. To make these gowns charming, many times some fashion accessories like buttons, shiny ribbons and beads are attached to them. These may harm the soft skin of the baby. So you should choose a dress with minimum fashion accessories.

Common cloth types for christening gowns

Mostly the baptismal dresses are long gowns. Cotton is the most suitable cloth for these dresses as it is breathable and comfortable as compared to other cloth types. It can be worn in every kind of weather. Cotton dresses are no more casual. Many formal dress designers are using cotton to design these dresses. It is wrinkle free and tear resistant, thus long lasting. Also any stains can be easily removed.

If cotton is too casual for you, you can go for a dress made of silk. Silk is always associated with luxury and its smooth feel makes it comfortable to the skin. The luster of silk makes it suitable for an occasional dress. The silk gowns for girls have an additional benefit as these drape splendidly. Accessories like subtle laces beads and silk ribbons make the gown look more beautiful. So in addition to being comfortable, silk gowns are beautiful too. One drawback of this cloth is that stains don’t come out easily and discoloration may also occur in light colored silk gowns over time. To avoid this happening , you can dry clean the gown and store it in a dry, cool and moisture free place.

Another choice for a comfortable and lavish cloth can be organza. This cloth is extremely lightweight and breathable like cotton. It endows the elegant look of silk and sturdiness of cotton. But it also has the same problem of yellowing with time like silk. Dry cleaning is again the ultimate solution. You can also add matching booties with the gown made of cotton cloth especially if the ceremony is taking place in winter season. A cap can also be added to the attire to keep the head and the ears warm. Long gowns are generally preferred but you can also try shorter dresses especially for a summer event. Apart from white or off white, you can also try different colored dresses.

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