Christening Present

Christening / Baptism

The word "baptism" derives from the Greek baptizo, meaning "immersing", "performing ablutions". It refers to the Christian ritual act, involving the use of water, by which a person is admitted as a full member of the Christian Church, or more specifically, to the particular Church in which the baptism is administered.

The New Testament gives several accounts of baptisms performed in the River Jordan by John the Baptist and various disciples of Jesus. The earliest known written instructions for baptism appear in an anonymous book called The Didache, or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, which most scholars date to some time in the first half of the 2nd century.

Although not all Christians consider the rite of baptism necessary, most do and the differences lie mostly in the manner of baptising: most baptise infants, other do not; some insist on submersion while others merely pour water on the head.

The most common form of baptism these days is to pour water three times on the forehead, "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit". Some Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions baptise their babies by totally immersing them in the font.

Gift ideas

Baby Gifts: Fun photo journal

Purchase a pretty photo album, a cute soft toy and a single-use camera, plus some coupons for photo finishing and you have a lovely gift. Make signs for each week or month to begin with "Baby is one week old" up to "Baby is one year old". In your card, note down instructions to take the picture with the soft toy next to the baby and watch baby grow up. This will make for a fun memory that will last a lifetime.

Baby Gifts: Wherever you go

A very practical baby gift is a baby carrier which holds the little one close to Mom or Dad, as they shop, do the housework or go for a walk. Make sure you get one that holds the baby securely but comfortably and add a note saying "This will help you keep your most precious possession close to your heart."

Baby Gifts: Hall of fame

Give a selection of gifts for baby's milestones: a bib "My first birthday", a tooth-fairy pillow or container for baby's first tooth, a silver spoon for baby's first meal. You can also add one of those lovely baby photoalbums and a single-use camera, for the parents to capture the first special moments.

Symbols

Clothes

Clothes are often used as a symbol of the very essence of the human being.

Turtle

Turtles embody the earth's energy and are a symbol of patience, good health and long life. They are attributed curative powers and will ensure that pregnant women have an easy pregnancy and delivery.

Sage

Sage is regarded as the herb of immortality, ensuring a long and healthy life.

Quotes

When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies

J.M. Barrie in Peter Pan

Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester