Today I’m partnering with CheruBalm to chat baptismal traditions (and offering a great giveaway at the end of the post!). As we’ve been unpacking in our new house, I uncovered the box with the kids’ baptismal candles and special mementos from their baptismal days (such sweet memories!) and I’ve received a few questions about baptismal traditions so lately so it just seemed timely.
Baptism days are just the best. We were still Baptists when our oldest child was born, so he wasn’t baptized until he was about 18 months old.
Look at that sweet guy! Too big for a baptismal gown and still cute as a button.
But the girls were each baptized when they were about two weeks old. I couldn’t wait for them to receive the sacrament! So let’s talk traditions:
It’s by no means required, but it’s common practice for families to have a reception after the baptism to celebrate the occasion. We’ve done a couple at our home and one at a church hall. Just some light refreshments and coffee. But you can go big if you want to!
Because postpartum moms are usually not up for doing too much reception preparation (showing up showered with baby in a gown is definitely about all I can handle) it’s awesome to have some help coordinating. If extended family or godparents want to be involved with setting up the reception, let them!
The kids love seeing photos of their baptism and so we show them on their baptismal anniversaries (baptismaversaries?). The parents and godparents really have their hands full during the baptism (Babies to hold! Candles to hold! Renouncing Satan!), try to have a friend or family member available to take photos. You’ll be so glad you have them!
I was curious to hear about baptismal traditions in other families so I asked around. Here’s a few that I really liked:
- Consecrating the baby to Our Lady on the day of his/her baptism.
- Pinning a special sacramental (like a miraculous medal) on the baby’s diaper for the baptism.
- Passing down a family christening gown for the baby to wear. (We thought the gown we used for the girls’ baptisms was from my aunt’s family but she said it wasn’t and so now it’s a mystery gown.)
- Have the godmother help prepare for the baptism by dressing the baby in his/her baptismal gown.
- Send the godparents cards on Mother’s and Father’s Day.
- Celebrate the anniversary of the baptism like a birthday (the birthday of the child’s life in the Church!)
- Observe the anniversary of the child’s baptism with these beautiful prayers.
And there’s some great practical tips for your child’s baptism over at my friend Kathryn’s blog, Team Whitaker.
You are 100% NOT required to bring a gift to a baptism. Having loved ones attend a baby’s baptism is a huge gift in itself. But often the godparents and some friends and family members might want to offer the baby a special gift. Our children have received beautiful rosaries and baby bracelets, and my youngest’s godmother even made her a beautiful baptismal blanket with scalloped lace on the edges (so perfect for a baptism!).
I keep all these special mementos in a box and bring them out on the kids’ baptismaversaries (did we decide we can call them that?) along with the baptismal candle they received so we can light it. (And I keep their baptismal certificates in there, too. Tangent: Make sure you keep those somewhere safe because your kids will need them later to receive other sacraments!)
That Chrism Oil Tho
And speaking of gifts, I recently discovered a lovely option. Of course we all know that other than seeing a new little Catholic be cleansed of original sin and marked as Christ’s own forever, the best thing about baptisms is smelling the holy chrism oil on the baby’s head for days afterwards. Am I right or AM I RIGHT?!
I have been known to postpone baths for weeks afterwards because I don’t want the smell to ever go away. Are you horrified? We don’t bath our kids much over here. They seem to be fine. ANYHOW, luckily for all of us chrism-scent aficionados, the folks over at CheruBalm discovered a lovely way to keep that best-smell-in-the-world and soothe your baby’s sensitive skin. And it makes the perfect gift for baptisms, baby showers, or as a Christmas stocking stuffer (anybody else struggle to find good stocking stuffers for babies?).
So cute and the scents are all to-die-for. I plan to include them in every baby shower gift from now on. And it really is the perfect size for a stocking stuffer. In addition to the Chrism scent, there’s an unscented, a “Silent Night” with calming essential oils, and a floral-scented Flowers from Heaven with Rose Geranium essential oils.
If, like me, you’re obsessive about what you let touch your baby’s skin, you’ll love the ingredient list of natural goodness. It’s handmade in small batches and great for tackling diaper rash (it’s also cloth diaper safe!). I even tried out the Flowers from Heaven scent on my potty trained toddler’s little bum for some irritation after a stomach bug. I also branched out a bit and used the Khrisma (chrism-scent) as a soothing moisturizer for my legs (because this time of year the dryness gives me razor burn). Perfection!
I’m also partial to CheruBalm because I love supporting small Catholic businesses. The Johnsons, the family behind CheruBalm, homeschool their five kids and have backyard chickens, too, so we’re probably kindred spirits.
CheruBalm is offering TWO lucky Carrots readers a large tube of the chrism scent and TWO more lucky readers a small tube of the chrism scent. So FOUR winners, total!
Here’s how to enter the giveaway:
(Only for Carrots readers in the United States and Canada for shipping reasons)
1. Mandatory entries: Visit the Cherubalm website and then come back and leave a comment at Carrots telling us which of the four scents you are most excited about.
2. Additional 2 entries: Sign up for CheruBalm’s VIP deals list. (And folks who do will receive a 15% discount code within 2 days!) Be sure to leave an additional TWO comments letting us know you signed up (that way I can be sure not to miss any of your entries–can be as simple as two comments that both say “signed up!”).
I will choose the winners by random number generator. Giveaway ends on Friday, November 4th at midnight EST. Good luck, friends!!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Review and giveaway items were provided by CheruBalm. All opinions are my own. I only promote products I would purchase myself and I love giving away wonderful things to my readers!