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  • Here Are The Pros And Cons Of Virtual And Face To Face Baptism–Plus Tips To Make It Special

    Ready na ba kayo mag-host ng binyag ni baby?
    by Ronna Capili Bonifacio .
Here Are The Pros And Cons Of Virtual And Face To Face Baptism–Plus Tips To Make It Special
PHOTO BY ARIANNE JOY KUA
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    Ready na ba kayo mag-host ng binyag ni baby? A mom from Smart Parenting Village shared in detail how they did their bunso’s baptism. 

    Arianne Joy Kua chose to have a virtual Christening and birthday celebration, sending boxed food and giveaways to their daughter’s godparents. 

    She also included a candle so that ninongs and ninangs can participate in the Christening ceremony even if they are home. “Dahil sa hype ng pandemic at di kami pinayagan sa resto at takot narin magcelebrate ng maraming guests, etc naisip namin [mag virtual baptism],” Arianne says in her post.

    Virtual gathering

    PHOTO courtesy of ARIANNE JOY KUA
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    Pro: You can invite everyone you want to without having to worry about their comfort level.

    Mommy Arianne said it took them three hours to drive around and deliver their food packages to their child’s ninongs and ninangs. By going virtual only, you skip worrying about whether your friends or family are ready or not to go to parties.

    Cons: Your child may have to delay meeting in person their ninong/ninang.

    For most of our kids who have stayed home for the past two years, they have not had the pleasure of meeting in person the people their parents are closest to.

    They have had video calls or perhaps their photos and videos have been viewed by their ninongs/ninangs via social media. Interacting in person is a positive experience that helps with our children’s development as well as how they can grow comfortable around their ninong/ninang.

    Face to face baptism

    Pro: We can reunite with our family and friends after a long time.

    If you haven’t caught up with your loved ones yet, a small gathering is a great excuse to catch up after almost two years of lockdown. It’s an opportunity to personally introduce your favorite people to your kids.

    Cons: You may not be accustomed to the safety precautions and protocols of hosting a gathering and may add to your mental load.

    We all have a lot on our plate already and if planning a get together was not pleasurable for you pre-pandemic, planning one with extra guidelines might not be of interest for some parents. 

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    A virtual gathering will have its own set of planning and coordinating but you will not have to worry about making sure to host a safe event.

    How you can make any baptism special

    1. Invite the people you love.

    Intimate gatherings and parties are the norm these days, and that’s helped us decide who are the people we truly want to be in our lives. The courtesy invite–"baka ma-offend pag hindi mo in invite si (blank)"–is becoming less common.

    This extends to the people we want our children to grow up knowing and loving, like their godparents.

    PHOTO courtesY of ARIANNE JOY KUA

    2. Give them a gift to let them know you appreciate that they came or made time.

    Whether it’s boxed meals like Arianne did for their virtual Christening or hosting a small party, treating your guests to a simple meal tells them that they are appreciated. 

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    Including a useful giveaway–Arianne gave bags of Coffee Drip–will also be well received.

    3. Include them in the ceremony.

    An in person baptism allows guests to experience the Christening while a virtual one can be live-streamed. Take a cue from baby Cora’s Christening and include any items your guests can use to partake in the ceremony even online.  

    If a portion of the program calls for a prayer or reading, consider asking guests online to take on the role. This helps guests to participate and not feel like they’re just watching your family go through the ritual.

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