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It should be kept in mind that this is a celebration in honor of the baby, following a formal religious ceremony. It has a character quite different from a cocktail party and should be kept on such a plane that even the most conservative baby could not object to the behavior and bearing of his elders.

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Source Notes: Amy Vanderbilt's Etiquette (chapter 1, "Christenings") (1971). Vanderbilt urges decorum at the party following the religious ceremony of christening.

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Amy Vanderbilt (July 22, 1908 - December 27, 1974) was a U.S. authority on etiquette. In 1952 she published the best selling book Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Book of Etiquette. The book, later retitled Amy Vanderbilt's Etiquette, has been updated and is still in circulation today. The most recent edition (ISBN 0385413424) was edited by Nancy Tuckerman and Nancy Dunnan. Its longtime popularity has lead to it being considered a standard of etiquette writing.

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