With your family and close friends present, a Naming Ceremony is a wonderful way to acknowledge your child as a special, unique person and welcome him/her with love and gratitude into his/her community. Historically, this was often done on the child’s first birthday but any age is fine, as long as you can get your closest family together.
Your child’s naming doesn’t have to follow a prescribed format at all, instead I work with you, taking on board your wishes and providing you with ideas and resources. From there, I create a ceremony that has real meaning for you, your family and is relevant to your child.
Ideas that you may wish to incorporate into the ceremony include:
~ Writing a personal message/promises to your child
~ Grandparents reading a poem or a blessing
~ Lighting a named candle
~ Planting a special tree
~ Releasing balloons
~Asking everyone to write in a beautiful book
A naming is also a wonderful opportunity to use a family christening gown and establish a new tradition of the gown as a “Family Gown”.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more.