Each person who is invite to the christening is expected to remember the infant with a gift of some sort. In view of the fact that there is usually nothing that he needs and that he or she is too young to
appreciate anything, many people give for the future rather than for the present. Sometimes a friend of the mother will give the infant daughter a silver spoon, adding duplicates each year after on its
birthday or at Christmas until they form a complete set.
Books which he or she will appreciate later may be given. Money is also most appropriate and is the most popular of gifts. Other baby toys and necessities are also suitable, but should make sure there is an actual need for them.
Traditional Christening Etiquette
Announcing the birth of the child
When a child is born the mother and the father announce the fact to their friends by of cards.
These may be obtained in the prevailing style from any good stationer...more
Responding the birth announcement
Friends of the parents, will of course, hasten to congratulate them upon their good fortune. They may send a gift
to the mother and the youngster - some little article pleasing because of its beauty and or its utility...more
Through history the selection of godparents is a very important duty and the office of the godfather and the godmother is actual rather than
Invitations to the Christening
If the christening is to be an occasion of great formality and elaboration the church should be decorated...more
A Church Christening
The christening is rarely an elaborate affair and the only guests are relatives and close friends...more
The House Christening
There is very little difference between a christening that takes place at home and one at church...more
After the Baptism
After the ceremony is over and the youngster has been duly admired and sent back to the nursery, there may be a reception or tea or even a dinner or
Etiquette for Christening Gifts
Each person who is invite to the christening is expected to remember the infant with a gift of some sort...more