Naming Ceremony? What’s a Naming Ceremony?
Well, I’m glad you asked!
The Naming Ceremony is a celebration where you formally introduce the newest member of your family to your extended family and friends. You can use this as an opportunity to share the names you’ve given to your child and the reasons why those names were chosen as well as the hopes and dreams you have for your bundle of joy.
It’s a little bit like Simba being presented to his jungle community.
There are a number of celebrations that can happen when a new person joins your family. You can either give birth to your own biological child, adopt a child or even if you have a child who wants to change their name because they’re identifying as a different gender or simply wants to be known by a different name.
It’s also a time where you, as parents are able to officially name those extra adults that you want to play a special part in your child’s life. These adults are sometimes called God Parents or Guardians or Mentors. They can make a statement in front of family and friends in accepting this responsibility. In the Christian religions, the God Parents are chosen to be responsible for the child’s spiritual growth, however as people are moving further away from the church, the role is more relevant if the chosen person acts as an extra adult who can be there instead of or alongside of you as the parents.
A Naming Day can be held at any time. The timing is different for each religious culture for various reasons, but you can hold the ceremony whenever it suits you – right after your baby is born; a year later to coincide with your child’s first birthday; a week after you’ve adopted or when the grand parents are in town.
You can make the ceremony as formal or as casual as you like. You might like to include readings or poems or a welcoming/family combining ritual. You might like to plant a tree in your garden or have your guests fill a box with snippets of advice or wishes for your child to open and read when they’re older. Some people like to commemorate the day with Naming Day Certificates and others will stamp the day with other tokens such as framed photos, fridge magnets, stubby holders or something fun like a bobblehead in the likeness of your child.
If you are interested in having a Naming Ceremony for your child, then look no further. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or you’re ready to lock in your special day. I’d be happy to help in any way that I can.