Baptism vs Christening
In the discussion of baptism vs christening, it is important that one understand that traditionally one event is always a religious ceremony, while the other may or may not have a religious connotation. Baptism is the infant ceremony that is always religious and has its ties to ancient Christianity and even Judaism. Christening on the other hand, while it may be religious, can also be performed as a non-religious naming ceremony.
Infant baptism, although a Christian ceremony, is not practiced by all denominations. Those denominations that practice infant baptism are the more orthodox such as Roman Catholic and the Protestant denominations, such as Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist, just to name a few.
Christening Ceremony - Releigious Vs. Non-Religious Gifts
A child's baptism, or christening is one that should be filled with moving memories. Planning for the special day is relative easy, though it does take some effort. You must call the church, and pick a godmother and godfather for the baby. Depending on the faith, you may need to take baptism classes and send out invitations to the special event and make arrangements to where the party will be held. Sometime between all this, you have to pick the baby's clothing, which may be something simple or something that has been passed down from previous generations. Some families begin by celebrating with a brand new bible for the child into which notes are made outlining who the parents and Godparents were, the date and location of the baptism. Notes are also made for the attendants and where the celebratory gathering was held. The bible then becomes a keepsake for the child and further notes will be made of religious moments as the child grows up. These bibles are also excellent for preserving family history for following generations. However you choose to celebrate this great milestone and occasion, know that you need to capture the memories, so when your baby does grow up, you will be able to show him/her their baptism. Images by Gustav is a professional and affordable photographer in the tri-state area that covers all events and will capture every moment of your baby's baptism.