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Did (or will) anyone else get their baby baptized? What did you guys do? Have a little party afterwards? Do you send out invites? Sorry if these are dumb questions; I've never really been to a christening before (aside from my own, which I don't remember )
ETA: Also, what did you have baby wear? If you had them wear a christening gown, where did you get it from?
Evan was baptized a few weeks ago. It was a pain in the butt to arrange, because the priest originally wouldn't do it just because DH was baptized in a different kind (Maronite) of Catholic church, and I'm not Catholic. So ridiculous - baptism should be about the child, not about the parents.
Anyway, we did not send out invites; we just invited close family and had them over to our house afterwards for treats. The other baby at the baptism (not related) was wearing a Christening gown, but honestly speaking, Evan just wore some white pajamas with plaid shorts because the pajamas were the only white piece of clothing we had for him, LOL.
I am in the middle of this, and I have to say, it's a huge pain in the rear. I'm right there with you, girl!
You can get a Christening gown at Target, Buy Buy Baby, Macy's... I think any place there's a reasonably-sized baby clothing section. Or even a second-hand place.
People do throw parties sometimes, but we are going to make it a very small affair with just close family and the godparents, and people will come to our place afterwards, though we can't really fit them all, lol. There might be light refreshments but nothing major; we can't really afford to throw a huge party. You can send invites if you want, but it's not necessary; it just depends on how much money you want to spend and how big you want the affair to be (kind of like a birthday party, kwim?).
We go to a nondenominational christian church. They don't baptize babies or young children. Only people old enough to have made the decision for themselves. They do, however, do child dedications which is basically welcoming the new baby into the church family and the congregation prays over the baby/family, etc. We will eventually have this done but DH works weekends so he would have to take time off work for the class and then that church service so we keep putting it off. I kinda wish we had done it last weekend because my parents were here. They are very religious and would have liked to see it.
Claire Ellene 2/13/12 8 lbs 6 oz 21"
We'll be getting her baptized during Christmas time, same as what I did for my DD1. I bought DD1's dress online, but I know JCPenny's has a pretty good selection in stores. We didn't have a party per say, but we did our Christmas festivities afterwards with our family.
Ashley & Mark - parents to Jojo & Livy
Nope,i will leave that decision up to him when he's old enough and aware of what's going on. If he comes up to me randomly saying he wants to be baptised that's cool,otherwise i wont bring up the topic. I was forced into being baptised when i was 12 it was useless because i wasn't into it.
We baptized Cooper in June. Yes, we sent out invites, family only. It was on Father's Day, so instead of having the usual 50 people (I have a huge family), we had about 35. We had lunch afterwards at a local country club. My mom went all out decorating and everything. I had cupcakes made, blue frosting with white crosses, they were very cool. My mom bought Cooper's outfit, silk pants, top and a vest. He looked adorable. Too bad he cried most of the day. It's amazing what a month will do for maturity, now he hardly ever cries.
We are planning to do a small get together with just family a few close friends and our pastor to do a baby dedication.... for us this mean that we are dedicating our baby to God, and promising to raise His gift to us the best we can according to the knowledge we have and praying for wisdom and guidance as we do so.
Our faith is very much apart of our lives and I am praying Chloe will have this as well, but she will have to make this decision for herself and if she does then she'll be baptized.
We're doing our baby dedication this weekend actually. She just has a cute pink little outfit, that I hope fits... I didn't send out invitations. I just let family know when it is. DH's grandmother talked about getting a cake, but I kinda really hope she doesn't... That's just a lot of money and effort. She wanted to get it "for" Aubree. Well she can't have cake... Anyway... it should either be a lot of fun, or very stressful.