Christening Gifts From a Godmother
By ChristinaS, eHow Contributor
updated: November 1, 2010
Parents award the honor of godmother to a close friend or relative of the same religious faith who agrees to play an active role in the child's spiritual development. Historically, the godmother also agreed to raise the child should the parents be unable to do so; but today that is not automatically the case. Given the spiritual support role of godmother, a godchild's christening gifts traditionally relate to further education in the Christian faith.
A cross is perhaps the most traditional gift from a godmother to her godchild. Not only does it symbolize the meaning of the ceremony, but a well-made cross can become a family heirloom for when the baby has children of his own. Most Christian stores offer a variety of cross styles and sizes. Consider a child-friendly design, such as a cross with colorful pictures of birds and animals around the edges. Avoid future accidents by choosing a cross that hangs high on the wall instead of resting on a dresser where it could be knocked over.
Many children learn Bible stories well before they are able to read. Reading a picture Bible is a great way to spend time with your baby godchild and expose her naturally to the tenements of the Christian faith. As the child grows, she will take pride in reading out loud the same stories you once read to her. Look for a book with thick, cardboard pages to prevent tearing, and tangible pictures -- such as fuzzy sheep and gritty sand -- to encourage your godchild's participation in the story.
For a baby of either gender, a christening bracelet is a treasured christening gift. For a girl, consider a freshwater pearl or birthstone bracelet with a medallion or cross charm. For a baby boy, try a sterling silver chain bracelet with a christening medallion or cross charm as well. As the child grows he can have the bracelet restrung onto a necklace as an enduring reminder of his relationship to you and God's love.
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