11 Christening Day Tips for a Memorial Event


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First, a child is the most precious of all earthly gifts from God.  In acceptance of our gift, we promise our Lord and Savior that we will raise our child in the Christian faith.  Depending on your denomination, your may have a  Christening, Dedication or Baptize an older child.  No matter which, the ceremony day is  a day of celebration.  As with any celebration, moms want to do it right.  You want to make the day special and the celebration memorable. Planning in  advance is crucial. There are so many things to do and so many people to honor in our celebration.

So, where do we start?  Here are a few Christening Day Tips to make Christening Day go smoothly:

  • Guest List – I always start with a list of guests.  Everything you purchase for your celebration depends on guest list. Furthermore, when putting together your guest list, remember the place of honor each guest has. For example, grandparents, Godparents and relatives.
  • Invitations and Thank You Cards  – The invitations should include what the celebration is, who the celebration is for, the time and Church location for the ceremony. The time and location of the celebration and the RSVP information.   It’s important to remember to leave at least an hour between the church ceremony and the start of the celebration.  This will give you a little preparation time to prepare.  You will also want to change clothes and freshen up.
  • Food Preparation – You will need to know approximately how many guests you will be feeding, so you ca ensure that you have enough food.  Just as important, you don’t want to over spend and waste food.  However, after a long week-end, left overs will be welcome.
  • Keepsake Gifts – The place of  honor the guests hold will determine the type of keepsake gifts to purchase.  When you plan a child’s birthday party, all the children receive the same goody bags.  But when you plan a Christening celebration this is not necessarily true. You will want to purchase different keepsake gifts for the people of honor in the ceremony.
  • Godparents –  A Godparent loves your child and promises to assist you in the rearing of your child in Christian faith. Furthermore, they usually are selected to rear your child in your absence. This is a great gift to you and your child and a respectable undertaking. Honor them with a special gift.
  • Grandparents – Keepsakes for grandparents are optional in my opinion.  However, grandparents are the driving force behind your Christian rearing and your child’s. They love you and your child and provide a lifetime of experience.  Their wisdom will be of great assistance to both you and your child throughout the years to come.
  • Decorations  – For decorations, a simple white and silver or  white and gold color theme is usually selected. White symbolizes your child’s purity. Silver symbolizes the connection between man and God. Gold symbolizes rejoicing in our blessings. A Christian symbol should be  selected as well. A cross is the most common, but a dove of peace or angel theme  is perfectly acceptable. Paper goods, room decorations and your keepsake gifts  should be unified in color and Christian symbol.
  • Ceremonial gown or suit – Whatever you select, it will become a keepsake. For the ceremony, depending on the child’s age, a gown and booties or shoes are a must. Also, don‘t forget a change of clothes for your child in case of a mishap.
  • Entertainment  – Some people wonder if entertainment is appropriate. I say yes.  Christian music or easy listening would be good. Bible story coloring books, games and puzzles will keep small children entertained.
  • Photographs –  Your going to be busy! You have guest to talk to  and a child to care for. Ask a family member or friend who is good to take  pictures and video if possible. If you like candid photos, supply some disposable cameras your guests can use.
  • Accommodations for your out of  town guests –  You may be able to house close family member or friends. If you can’t or there are just too many guests, supply a list of local hotels in your  invitation. If the out of town guest is a Godparent, you should offer to pay for their accommodations.  After all, they are an honored part of your ceremony and celebration.

Finally, I hope our Christening Day Tips were beneficial.  Start planning early, and you will have a beautiful as well as memorial day.

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  4. You have covered all the important aspects of preparing for the christening. Nice job

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