Here's my niece, Annie, modeling her antique christening outfit. I think it used to be her great grandmother's wedding dress. Her aunt, Mrs Linklater, thinks she looks particularly fetching in that hat, don't you? Annie was one of four kids getting baptized during a candlelight service on Easter Eve. They turned out all the lights and everybody had candles with little drip collars. No we didn't set the church on fire. But I got some wax on my skirt dammit. There was another baby who cried most of the time, but Annie seemed to enjoy it all, including the water stuff. She even joined in the singing, clapping her hands and laughing. Considering that most baptisms fall into the Excedrin headache category and most babies who are baptized treat the moment like they're being scalded, things went very well.
invited everyone at the service to a champagne reception afterward --
so Episcopalian of them -- but with lots of men in our party, we opted
for several bottles of red wine at a steakhouse instead.