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The most important thing on the day of your baby's christening is that you take your time, relax, and enjoy your baby's special day stress free. In order to do that, you must plan your day out ahead of time and tie up any loose ends ahead of schedule.
There are certain steps to planning your baby's christening, and we will go over some of them in this article.
Choose a Church
If you are already a member of a church, this step will not be that hard. If you do not currently go to church, you can ask friends or relatives which church they would recommend. Simply call or visit the church in person, and state that you would like to have your child baptized there.
Nobody is going to pass judgment on you, but instead, they will welcome you in. It is likely that the church will have some classes for you to attend to fully understand the sacrament, so you'll definitely want to allow time to fulfill that requirement.
Choose a Date That Works for Everyone
Generally speaking, most churches will perform their christenings on the weekend. While this tends to work well for most people's work schedules, you will want to check with friends and relatives to make sure. If you are going to christen your baby during a time when many people are out of town on vacation, or if it may fall on a holiday, you will want to give everyone as much notice as you can. This will enable you to have the greatest turnout for the celebration.
Choose Your Child's Godparents
Depending on the culture in which you come from, this can have different meanings. In all cases, however, it denotes a certain responsibility toward the child in terms of spiritual guidance and of being a role model throughout their life. Knowing who to choose as godparents can be tough, so take your time and think it through carefully.
Choose Your Baby's Gown
This is where it starts to get fun. You may have a family heirloom baptismal gown that will be passed on to your child, or you may be following the tradition that says that the godmother purchases the gown. If you choose to buy it yourself, keep in mind that this may be passed down to future generations. Buy something you think will keep well and that you will reasonably be able to keep clean. You should take the weather into consideration when choosing your gown as well.
In order to plan the perfect christening for your child, ensure you take on board some (or all) of the above preparations. Good luck!