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Welcome Sweet Babe: A Book of Christenings
Christina Walkley. Outlines the story of christening in its historical & social contexts. Birth is private, following which the christening is the first public appearance of the baby, an affirmation of its entry into the Christian Church, & simultaneously of its joining the whole community. This book discusses the meaning of & fashions in baptism, the folklore of christening, the naming of infants, christening gifts & parties, the clothing worn & food eaten at these gatherings, & royal christenings. Appendices: tips on planning a christening, how to reproduce a Victorian christening gown, & a selection of recipes. 36 illustrations plus diagrams.
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