Det gungar så fint (The Christening)

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The Christening Angels for all the children that were christened this year in this church

Oh, I think christenings can be quite wonderful. Today I had the pleasure of attending the picture perfect christening of Elise, my friends’ daughter: from the extremely beautiful landscape and church, the happy little baby to the lovely reception afterwards. They picked all the right songs (from my oh so objective perspective), including Det gungar så fint (with one line saying, “You are never again unwanted or alone because you belong to God”), Kärleksvisan and Måne och Sol, and very fitting, Für Elise.

Also, the pastor did what seems to be a new thing in the Swedish church: to hold up the newly christened baby and carry her through the church. Extremely strong resemblance to that Lion King Scene where Simba is held up by the monkey Rafiki and shown to his lion people. 

The pastor’s sermon was then about how our friends’ baby now had God’s watermark on her heart. Still contemplating if I should convert fully to the Swedish Church. Anyway, it’s the middle of the night by now so I won’t make this decision tonight….

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Typical Swedish "Sandwichcake"at the reception

Typical Swedish “Sandwichcake”at the reception

Interior design, the Swedish way

Interior design, the Swedish way

Pictures of the women in the family whose three names the baby now has

Pictures of the women in the family whose three names the baby now has

The dress which has been used in the family since 1945 with all the names of the children that have worn it to their christening on it. Most wonderful tradition!

The dress which has been used in the family since 1945 with all the names of the children that have worn it to their christening on it. Most wonderful tradition!

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