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Naming Ceremonies

Who doesn't like babies! When a new baby comes into a family, everyone it seems wants to have a hold, marvelling at the little fingers and transfixed by the searching stare and unconditional smile. And how many grown men find themselves on the floor again making silly noises and pulling faces, and how many mothers feel this is just the best moment ever? Lots!

The birth of a baby is the creation of a human being, and a new identity giving an added sense of completeness to a family or to a mother.

A Naming ceremony is a special event organised by the parents to welcome a child into the family. It is usually of a non or only lightly-religious nature, otherwise the parents would be opting for christening or dedication. It is normally a special event for family and close friends, followed by lunch or afternoon tea. Sometimes it contains the formalising of a god-parent or mentor/guardian relationship. A naming ceremony would usually contain some readings about children or about parenting, and perhaps some attention given to the significance behind the chosen names. A naming ceremony is generally pretty informal, lasting perhaps 15-20 minutes, and there is plenty of scope for the parent/s and myself to arrive at an appropriate ceremony. Babies are wonderful, and a Naming ceremony reminds us of that fact.