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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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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Monday, 23 November 2015

Christening Gowns and Their Fashion Background

Up until the 17th century young babies were wrapped in tight

Swaddling clothes carried to the font in a bearing cloth.

This was a large square of lavishly trimmed silk.

Mid 18th century it evolved to a front opening robe fastened

with ribbon ties showing a petticoat beneath.

The first Christening robes were made in the style worn

every day by 18th century children.

Both boy and girl children wore slip dresses, with a very

long flowing skirt falling from a short, tucked bodice,

low neck and short sleeves. This fashion has remained

popular for Christening ever since.

Partly due to the tradition of handing down these robes from

one generation to the next.

Large families were popular in the Victorian era and a

mother might make one very beautiful gown while she had

the time while waiting the arrival of her first born child.

Although many women had access to a sewing machine

in mid Victorian England the gown, being small and compact,

would often be entirely handmade and could be easily moved

around, from room to room in the young mother's needlework

bag. Once used and admired along with the new baby;

it would be carefully packed away awaiting the next birth.

As a result would become a family heirloom.

Mid 19th century christening gowns were decorated

with fine white embroidery known as Ayrshire work.

This consisted of embroidery worked with extra

needlework fillings and cutwork. This white on white

originated in the Scottish lowlands. When the bodice

came down to the front in a point; with tradition the

point was kept on the outside however when used

for a girl the point would be tucked in when christened.

Mid to late Victorian era christening gown skirts were

lavishly ornamented with pin tucking and lace insertions

with embroided bodices and the baby always topped

with a bonnet.

Very special christening attire ensured that any baby

wearing the best looked picture  perfect for the occasion

and the event of having a family photograph taken

to record the day.

Christening gowns are one of the few pieces of costume

history that has survived across a broad range of

society because they launder well, are small

enough to store easily, and have continued use to

another baby!  

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Boys Christening Gifts

A christening is one of the first milestone events in a young boy's life. The event is early enough in a child's life that he might not remember it, but gifts from that event can be valuable to him when he is older. Christening gifts from the loved ones who attend add to this first milestone.

Stuffed Animals

A small stuffed animal can be given as a christening gift for a child. Present a stuffed toy lamb with the child's name and the date of his baptism stitched on the lamb. This will serve as a toy and a memory of this important date in the boy's life, long after he stops playing with stuffed animals.

Engraved Items

An engraved item is a typical christening gift for a boy. These are items that can be displayed in his room and saved to be passed on to family members when he gets older and has children of his own. One option is an engraved pewter or silver mug with the child's christening date and his name on it. Another possibility is an engraved photograph frame to hold a photo from the day to commemorate this milestone occasion in his young life.

Personalized Bible

While christenings take place too early in life for reading, a personalized Bible can be given as a keepsake on a boy's christening date. The Bible can be engraved with the child's name, and his parents can read from it to him as a young child. When he is older, he will have his own personal Bible that also commemorates his christening date.

Memory Photograph

Create a memory for your child of all the people who attended his baptism. Frame a photo of the boy who is having his christening with a wide matted border. Place pens at the table as guests arrive. Ask each guest to sign the border and possibly leave a small message for the child. This photograph and matting is then framed and displayed in the boy's room as a memory for him and his family of the christening and those that attended.
 

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Friday, 13 November 2015

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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Thursday, 05 November 2015

~ Measuring For A Christening Gown ~

Take measurements to compare to our size charts located with each item - the correct size chart is provided on each item's feature page based on that manufacturer's standards.   Do not simply order the size you choose in ready to wear from stores - sizes vary widely between manufacturers.

Suggestions for measuring:

·  Use a non-stretching measuring tape.

·  Measure over the underwear only - the underwear intended to be worn under this garment.

·  Take measurements firmly, but do not indent.

·  Waist is approximately just above the top of the 'belly button'.

·  Compare actual measurements to the chart.

·  Do not measure over your thumb or fingers or try to do something other than take an accurate measurement - don't try to second-guess the size tables - do not add ease - the manufacturer adds this for you.

·  The width measurement that demands the largest size is the measurement that determines size.  If the child does not fit a specific size well, order the largest size dictated by any one measurement.

·  Alterations can be done locally at your discretion.  

·  Remember - a dress can always be altered locally to take it in or shorten it - but it cannot be let out or lengthened.

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Tuesday, 03 November 2015

What does a christening involve?

A christening is a Christian blessing which usually involves baptism. And baptism refers to a ritual where a person (in this case a baby) is initiated into the Church congregation when water is sprinkled or poured over the head of a baby – or, in some cases, when the baby is immersed in water for a second or two.

Baptism usually represents the cleansing of original sin from the baby, and the initiation of the baby into the first of various sacraments of the church in which they are christened. Parents and godparents accept responsibility on the baby’s behalf, for the child’s acceptance of the beliefs of the Church.

Baptism has been used in most Christian christening ceremonies, inspired by Jesus own baptism in the River Jordan at the hands of John the Baptist. However, several Christian groups (eg Quakers) don’t practice baptism in a christening.

Baptism of adults is a very old ritual that has existed in various forms in such religions as Judaism for many centuries. While it became part of Christian ritual in the very early days of the church, other religious groups in the first and second century that used baptism included Gnostic spiritualists, rabbinic Jews and Essene sectarians.

However the first mention of infant baptism comes from the early Christian writer Tertullian, circa 200AD, so most scholars believe infant Christenings started during the second century AD.

In some churches, a blessing ceremony is held for a new baby but another ceremony similar to a christening occurs when a child is old enough to speak for themselves.

In most cases, a male and female godparent is chosen by the parents. It’s quite an honour to be asked to be a godparent – and it’s a role that carries differing levels of responsibility depending on the church. Generally that person would be a practicing member of the church into which the child is christened.

In many cases, the Church will require parents (and also sometimes, godparents) to receive some instructions before the ceremony. You might be required to have a personal session with the priest or pastor or perhaps to attend one or several organized classes.

Do check with the church as soon as possible, what is required beforehand.

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