Christening Clothes and Gifts
Today’s Christening gowns are an ode to yesteryear, boasting styles that are white, virginal and simply classic. Many parents choose to have their young children baptized, or christened, as infants. While this can be predominantly a religious practice, some people pursue christening as a traditional practice instead of one focusing on religious traditions. However, christening and baptisms are more popular among Christian religions, including nondenominational practices.
A pastor or clergy member in front of the child’s parents and godparents typically conducts the christening ceremony. The child is anointed with water or holy oil and is baptized in the name of the “Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Many parents consider this a rite of childhood and celebrate by selecting a white gown, also known as a christening gown for the ceremony. These gowns are often treasured keepsakes, being passed down generation to generation. These gowns are typically white or ivory and are adorned with lace, trim and other intricate details. Old-style Christening gowns didn’t distinguish between genders and both males and females whore Victorian-style gowns with bonnets. However, the latest trends include separating boys and girls outfits, by giving boys white shirt sets and girls’ dresses and bonnets.