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A Few Facts About the Celebration of Infant Baptism and Some Baby Christening Gift Ideas

A Baptismal Prayer For Your Baby Boy
A Baptismal Prayer For Your Baby Boy

A baby is baptized in the Catholic Church and on that day is usually given a Christian name. This is an important event and most parents invite extended family and friends to attend the rite along with a home party afterward.

The Guidelines for Naming
Contrary to common opinion, Catholic parents need not give the baby the name of a Catholic saint. Other special names are given upon baptism also. That being said, there are some benefits to choosing a saint’s name for the child on the day of their Christening.

Benefits

  • Giving the child the name of a recognized saint will connect them to their faith throughout their lifetime
  • The saint will provide the child with a historical example of what a faith-filled life should look like
  • Patron saint days offer another day on the calendar to think about how God does His work on earth through His people

Traditions
Since Christ-ening literally means “putting on” the Lord Christ, it is appropriate to dress the baby in white as a symbol of His purity. Catholic families often have Christening gowns passed down from one generation to another. Others use the mother’s wedding dress or veil to create a baby’s dress. It is also traditional for the godparents to provide a special gown for the occasion.

A baptism candle will be part of the ceremony illustrating deliverance from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of Light. The candle is kept by the parents and may be used over and over in future family celebrations at home.

Tradition says that not only should white garb be worn, but white food should be served. White decorations are also customary.

Baby Christening Gift Ideas
Choosing what gift to bring to the family party depends on several things, including whether or not the attendee is themselves a Catholic. Here are a few baby Christening gift ideas to help.

1. If you cannot attend the event or party sending a congratulatory greeting card is all that is called for.

2. A white flower or white balloon bouquet will be in keeping with the day.

3. Non-Catholic guests shouldn’t feel obligated to give distinctly Catholic gifts. Instead, they can bring things such as an angel figurine, a children’s bible story book or a CD of hymns or lullabies.

4. Catholic guests might choose to give a child’s first Bible, religious jewelry or a children’s crucifix.

These and other baby Christening gift ideas can be found at The Printery House. The Printery House offers a complete line of Christening cards along with gifts that would suit babies of either gender. Take a look at the gifts we offer for the special Christening in your life.

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Noah’s Arc Cross

A baby christening is one of those milestone moments you won’t want to forget in the life of your child or godchild.

Christening signifies that the child bears a first tangible demonstration of the Holy Spirit and sets the tone for the child to take part in sacraments as they grow in their faith. Gifts exchanged during this special time are sure to be kept and may even be passed down from a child to their own child one day.

If you’re wondering what are the best baby christening gift ideas, here are some simple suggestions:

1. Personalized picture frame with the child’s name and the date of the christening event help to capture the special moment. This can remain a statement of God’s love for years.
2. Children’s jewelry with religious emblems for infant girls is something they will treasure. A dainty bracelet or necklace (as a keepsake, not necessarily to be worn right away) is also memorable and a special choice.
3. A keepsake jewelry box also makes a great baby christening gift for a girl.
4. A special bible with a handwritten note will guide them in their faith for years to come. Honor and celebrate a baby’s baptism with a bible made even more special with your handwritten message of faith.
5. Decorative crosses like the Noah’s Ark Cross make a bright and cheerful addition to either a boy or a girl’s room, and will serve as a constant reminder that God keeps His promises.
6. The line of endearing Willow Tree sculptures includes several designs with a loving adult figure and a child, which is an excellent gift choice as a godparent or grandparent.

Scripturally, this is a great season of life to remind yourself, and also in any handwritten cards or notes you may send to the family, that God speaks highly and often of children in the Bible.

Even in Genesis, God tells parents to “be fruitful and multiply” and says that children are a blessing, a gift and a very significant responsibility.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise…

2 Timothy 3:14-15 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Find all of your baby christening gift ideas, cards and other items to share in a child’s faith at The Printery House – now celebrating 60 years of cards and gifts, with all cards made on-site at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery.