This week was pretty festive at the Lewis Household. It was Baby Jonathan’s First Christmas (and four days later he still has gifts to open). We sang Christmas Carols, made him his first ornaments and dressed him all up in Christmas PJs and an outfit on Christmas Day.
But what was most Special about this week is that Jonathan had his Dedication Ceremony to wrap up the week. It was a truly magical experience because Stephen and I had our Pastor who married us, an Elder at the Christian House of Prayer in Killeen, TX drive all the way to Houston with his lovely wife to bless our son and pray over us and the journey we’ve began as parents.
We hosted 20 people in our home for a short ceremony to Bless Jonathan and bring significance to the importance of his Parents and Godparents raising him in the way which he should go. During the service I learned a lot more about the significance of the Godparent and their role to continuously pray over the child as they learn, grow and mature. I’m a Godparent myself, but in the past I’ve always considered myself as a backup plan to the parents, not really considering that my role is much bigger than that and that I have a responsibility to pour positive influence and example into the lives of my three God-children. So now that I know better, I’ll certainly do better with them. Stephen and I did a great job selecting Godparents for our son because they are already shining examples of what can happen when you are grounded in the Lord and commit to doing the right thing and being a contribution to society.
It was important to us to have his ceremony while he was still ‘new’ and at the 3-month mark it was perfect timing. We were able to capture memories of him smiling and grinning at the Pastor has he spoke directly to Jonathan and overall he stayed alert and aware throughout the ceremony and didn’t fuss one bit.
Because it is still the Holiday Season I wanted to take advantage of that when planning for his Dedication. The theme colors were blue and white, and they could be found in Jonathan’s outfit, invitations, the Christmas Tree in the background, and the candy canes we laid out for the guests. Our reception involved holiday treats (from the large spread prepared for Christmas just two days earlier) and guests enjoyed Eggnog, Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Tea.
I love getting together with family at this time of year, so it was another great reason to do so and we’re so glad we did.
Jonathan’s father gave him a bible he has had since he was born during the ceremony and one of Jonathan’s Godmothers also gave him a really significant gift. A blanket, to remind him that he is always covered in prayer and a Children’s Bible, to remind him that The Word should always be his source for knowledge and guidance, in times of trouble, and yes, even when things are going just right.
Now, I’m looking forward to kicking off the new year with two weddings this week and transforming services for SwaLaRue Events to a focus on Day of Coordination.
For those of you who have had a Baby Dedication or Christening or Baptism for your child, what creative ideas did you use when putting your event together?
*Invite purchased from Head to Toe Designs.