How to Word Christening Thank-Yous

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How to Word Christening Thank-Yous
Use proper etiquette to word a personal thank-you note for christenings. (thank you image by feisty from

It was thrilling to see family and friends who gathered for the celebration of the christening of the little one. Guests brought thoughtful gifts and offered well wishes. Within two weeks of the event a thank-you note should be sent expressing your gratitude for any help you received in planning the event and the additional joy their presence brought you, as well as for physical and monetary gifts. As the happy parents sit down to write, the question they often have is, "How to word christening thank-you notes."

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Make a list of all gifts (including gifts of time) and the names of the gift-givers as well as their address.

  2. 2

    Decide what type of christening thank-you will be sent. Options include writing a personal note on regular paper, creating a thank-you card on your computer or purchasing a pre-made card. Regardless of whether the cards have print on them, a handwritten thank-you note inside the card is more personal and will mean more to the recipient.

  3. 3

    Show your appreciation by writing a personal note, even if the cards have print on them. They took the time to attend the christening and to give a gift, so it is a nice gesture to thank them with a handwritten note.

  4. 4

    Greet the gift-giver by writing "Dear Aunt Lou" or "Hi, Amy."

  5. 5

    Thank the giver for the specific gift and how it is being used. For example, write, "Thank you for the beautiful wall cross. We have hung it above Johnny's crib and we think of your love and thoughtfulness every time we see it." For a monetary gift write, "Thank for your gracious gift. We have added it to Johnny's savings for his future education."

  6. 6

    Express gratitude for their attendance at the christening. Tell them how happy you were to see them, and it made the day more special to you and your family.

  7. 7

    Write an update on the baby's progress, such as, "Mary rolled over for the first time last week" or "Mary smiled the other day and it reminded me of your smile."

  8. 8

    End the note with a second thank you, such as, "Thanks again for the Bible. It will be an honoured keepsake for Johnny."

  9. 9

    Close the note with sentiments depending on the recipient's relationship to you. For family and close friends you could use "With love"; for co-workers or officiants you can use "Best wishes" or "Warm regards."

  10. 10

    Sign your name as well as the names of the other parent and the child.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember to send cards to the priest who performed the ceremony as well as others who participated in the ceremony.
  • Include a picture of the baby at the christening.
  • If the gift was monetary, the amount should not be mentioned in the thank-you card.

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