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Wednesday, May 31 2017

Preserving Your Christening Gown or Outfit

No matter what the cost of the Christening garment, it will be cherished and saved. While plastic and vinyl provide a covering to the garment and a nice display the helps sell the item, you should understand that long term storage on a plastic hanger or in a plastic bag will cause your special garment to become yellow and deteriorated. Special care should be given any garment that is to be preserved.

There are two ways to preserve a garment. One is to have it cleaned and sealed into a container at a high quality dry cleaner. This process is not only expensive, but it makes the item inaccessible to view and enjoy. Additionally, once the seal is broken, the process must be repeated to continue the preservation.

The important elements of preservation can be achieved without the cost and inaccessibility of sealing the garment. First, the garment should not be in contact with any petroleum products. This includes zippers. Second, the garment should be kept from any chemical contaminants often present in many fabric bags. Third, dust and excessive light should be kept from direct contact with the garment.

The Heirloom Preservation Bag offered by Christening Essentials is made of 100% unbleached muslin and is free of any petroleum or chemicals. It contains a wide buttoned overlap so as to keep the garment free of dust and separated from any plastics. The provided hanger is also made of unbleached material. The base of each bag is extended so special accessories can be placed in the bag as well. The total package is intended to provide the best possible scenario to be found to preserve special occasion garments.

The Heirloom Preservation Bag provides the best alternative we can recommend for long term storage. Any customer wanting to store and maintain a special occasion item will want to consider the Heirloom Preservation Bag.
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Saturday, May 27 2017

History of the Christening Gown

Up until the seventeenth century, young babies were tightly wrapped in swaddling clothes and carried to the font in a "bearing cloth". This was a large square piece of silk, edged with trimmings of gold lace and braid. 

The Christening gown, as we know it today, evolved in the mid-eighteenth century when babies were freed of swaddling at an earlier age. In white silk, the earliest surviving examples have a front opening which was either fastened with ribbon ties or left open to show a petticoat beneath. The decorative curving lines of braid are similar to those applied to women's gowns of the period.

The first Christening gowns were made in the style worn every day by eighteenth-century children: both boy and girl babies wore "slip" dresses, with a very long, flowing skirt falling from a short, tucked bodice and a low neck and short sleeves. Other items of clothing such as bonnets and bootees could be made to go with the robe. A number of exquisite Christening sets survived from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including bibs, head bands, mittens and pincushion covers or handkerchiefs in embroidered linen.

Victorian babies were dressed in gowns decorated with Ayrshire work, a delicate form of white-on-white embroidery that originated in the Scottish Lowlands.

An old Scottish custom involved pinning a piece of shortbread to the Christening gown, to be worn throughout the ceremony. An unmarried girl who ate the shortbread afterwards was sure to dream of her future husband that night. It was also thought essential for the baby to sleep in its Christening gown for the first night after baptism, to bring luck and good health in the future.

A Timeless Tradition

The same fashion has remained popular for Christenings ever since. This is partly due to the tradition of handling Christening gowns down from one generation to the next, so that dozens of babies may wear the same gown over many years. 

If there’s no antique gown in your family, you can create an heirloom for future generations with a gown from our range which has been made in the traditional method in fine natural pure silk and cotton, embellished with delicate embroidery and tucking.
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Thursday, May 25 2017

Choosing And Writing A Christening/Baptism Thank You Card

Choosing and writing a Christening/Baptism Thank You card has never been more difficult. The days of the plain thank you cards are numbered. They've been overtaken by an array of colorful, and personalized cards that help us show appreciation for the kindness shared on our baby's special day.

Now you can, if you choose have your own photograph of
baby immortalized on individual Christening/Baptism Thank You cards. Various companies allow you to add details along with a choice of other embellishments.

Personalized cards though aren't everyone's choice. Some of us still resort to the old-fashioned' pen and paper letter writing route. Whilst this of course is still a great option, you may like to choose some special textured paper on which to share your gratitude for
gifts received. It's a joy to write on special paper, especially as it is paper selected especially for this one occasion.

Don't forget to buy sufficient paper and matching envelopes for your needs. Some of us write 'large' so you may find yourself using two sheets. That's even more likely if you chose small sized paper.

If you've a creative streak you may prefer to make your own special handmade thank you cards. This would really give you a chance to be inventive. If you've got the time, this is a great idea. You could personalize some bought cards with your own touch of ribbon or bow etc.

Thank you cards for baby's Christening, Baptism or Naming Day may be one time when you want to 'push the boat out'. What kind of special card could you choose or create that would help you celebrate the day?

The event is certainly a notable one in yours, your baby's, and the larger family group's memory. Marking the occasion with some well-chosen cards will be something that you can all look back on in the years to come.

It's worth spending a bit of time looking around at what's available so as not to limit your options. Don't be tempted to rush for the bog standard' off-the-shelf pre-package, unless that of course suits your budget, and your emotions. Think about the part the thank you card plays in rounding off' the
special event in your lives.

While it is you the parent writing the cards, you do so on behalf of your little one. As such, you're building his/her relationship with those who have given gifts. Christening/Baptism Thank You Card wording is equally important.

As you're building his/her standing within your family community, your choice of the right Baptism - or Christening Thank You Card (as it's also known) is worth a longer look.

Once you've got your card, choosing the appropriate Thank You Card wording can often prove a challenge. This is especially so for first time parents keen to do things right.

Religious etiquette suggests that christening/baptism thank you cards should be sent no more than two weeks after the ceremony or service. As it's customary to give gifts on these important occasions you may have a number of thank you cards to write.

If you haven't already done so, it's a good idea to make a list of who has given you what. That way you can be specific and personal in thanking people for their kind thoughts and presents.

Mention the gift itself, how you and your baby are enjoying it and using it, or how they will use it in the future (if it is a gift for a later stage in life). You may mention how lovely it was to see them at the christening/baptism itself if they were able to attend.

Those who haven't chosen personalized photo card often attach a photo to their card or letter.

If you have some idea how much you might write before hand then this could affect the size of card you choose. Your handwriting may be exuberant and large, requiring more space than someone who writes small. Thinking about this early on is always a good idea.

Finally, when you sign off, add all your names, you, your partner's and of course baby's. Everyone loves to see
baby's name on the card, and as proud parents, it gives you another chance to write baby's name!

It's also wise to order your Baptism Thank You cards or Christening Thank you Cards along with the
Birth Announcement and Baptism Cards to ensure a continuity of design style.
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Wednesday, May 24 2017

Christening Invitations


Information required for the Christening Invitation!

Who - Who is hosting the event and who is being invited
Where - Where the event is being held
Why - The reason for the celebration
When - The Date and the Time of the event
How - How to reply!
Contact info (address or, if an informal invite, telephone number, FAX or email address)
RSVP requesting a formal written reply or
Informal reply by telephone, FAX or email

Sample Christening Invitation

You are invited to
 join us for the Christening of
Gabriel Michael

The Place: St Andrew's, Tempe, AZ

The Date:  Sunday June 25, 2009

The Time: 12.30PM in the afternoon

and afterwards for lunch at

The Buttes,
2000 W Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ

R.S.V.P. Tel: Lisa 480.555.1234
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Saturday, May 13 2017

Why Have a Christening?

Traditionally, parents held a christening for their new baby to mark the beginning of their upbringing in the Christian faith. However, many parents now choose to christen their child for other reasons.

Pressure from religious family members is often a factor in holding a christening for your baby. Some parents also christen their child to ensure their registration in a local Christian school, such as the Catholic Systemic Schools or an Independent religious school in Australia. These schools often provide a private education for children which, while not free, don’t attract the high fees of many other exclusive private schools.

And sometimes, it’s all about the dress! In some families, a traditional christening gown handed down through generations is the impetus for having a christening – and for holding the ceremony when the baby is small enough to fit into the gown.

Finally, a christening might be a formal and religious ceremony, but it is also a very legitimate reason to hold a party to celebrate the arrival of your baby.
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Tuesday, May 09 2017

Seven Practical Tips As You Prepare for Your Child's Christening/Baptism

1. If your parish has a program to help prepare parents for the Baptism of their child, participate in the program early in the pregnancy.

2. If not, contact the parish three or four months before the child's birth. Ask for a copy of the Baptism ceremony and prayerfully study its rich symbols and prayers.

3. Choose godparents who will be a real and long-lasting help in the Christian formation of your child. It would be helpful if they could participate in the Baptism preparation with you. They are meant to be more than "honorary" sponsors.

4. Track down the family christening dress. And consider making or decorating the white baptismal garment used near the end of the ritual. You might also decorate the baptismal candle with baptismal symbols, using acrylic paints or nail polish. If there are other children in the family, they can help.

5. You might write a "Parents' Prayer" or "Parents' Wish" that includes your hopes and dreams for this new child. Check with the priest or parish leaders to see if there may be a time during or before the ceremony when you can pray or read it aloud. Or present it at a party afterwards.

6. Make the ceremony a community event. Invite relatives, friends and neighbors to participate in the Baptism liturgy. Some could serve as Scripture readers or musicians.

7. Keep the white garment, the candle, the prayers, photos and other symbols of the baptismal ceremony to share with your child in future years. These keepsakes can be brought out on the child's anniversary of Baptism or birthday and serve as powerful reminders of the ongoing importance of the event.

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