Sparrow, Willow, Dove, Kai, Ben, Smith, Emma, Spence… the list of names are plentiful when choosing a special one for your newborn child. It is a hard decision to make and exciting to share with the world.
After the birth of your child, a special announcement can be made with a Naming Ceremony.
A naming ceremony is an intimate event where you celebrate baby’s birth a few days after, a week or more with family and friends. Not only do you get the opportunity to announce the name you chose, but you can also explain its significance. If baby was named after a loved one, a naming ceremony is a nice chance to reflect back on that person’s life, as well as be excited about your new addition’s future.
The ceremony itself can be religious if you want, but it doesn’t have to be. Christian and Jewish families, for example, have their own popular customs when it comes to welcoming baby into the world (the baptism for Christians, and for Jewish boys, the bris), but your ceremony can be as simple as a small gathering. Remember, it is a celebration you can customize according to your own beliefs and style, so feel free to think outside the box. The gathering can take place in your home, in a garden, a patio, or any other venue you love. Afterward, you can celebrate with a get-to-know-baby party.
Poems, readings and quotes of personal significance can be used throughout the ceremony. Often a symbolic gesture is also made, such as the lighting of a candle, butterfly releases, getting a star named or the planting of a tree. In addition, certificates are presented to parents and other special people as a record of the occasion.