I´m very critical about church and religion,but still my children go to junior church group and take protestant religion at school.The church we attended when they were small didn´t do christening,but had a similar proceeding at church with friends and family and church members attending.
When my husband and I split up,I didn´t attend the church anymore as I wasn´t too happy with it myself,I went because my husband was used to going.
A while ago, my kids asked if they had been christened,and,although they don´t attend sunday service,were a bit taken aback to hear they weren´t as all their friends are.I explained and they understood,however,I had the feeling they would have preferred to be like the others.
Besides I hold with the opinion that we live in a christian country with christian based rules of conduct and christian customs so the children should be able to decide for themselves.This they wont be able to do,however,if they don´t know what they are deciding for or against.
If they do decide for it though,they might feel they aren´t really christian if they weren´t christened.
I tell them they must decide if they want to partake of confirmation and bread and wine when they think they are old enough to make the right decision and it feels right for them.
So far,we´re all happy.
It´s still magic even if you know how it´s done.