Whilst religious welcoming and naming ceremonies focus upon specific religious traditions and customs (for example baptism using holy water), families can create their own ways to celebrate and mark the occasion within a non-religious naming ceremony. Here are just a few suggestions;
A best wishes book or box
Simply provide a blank book or cards and pens and encourage guests to write thoughts, advice, best wishes etc.
Capture a print of your child’s hands and feet and perhaps those of guests attending too
A popular way to celebrate a special occasion, although there are envitomental concerns. Use natural latex rubber balloons and flax string which will biodegrade
Record the event
Capture the ceremony digitally through pictures or a recording.
As well as using flowers and other plants to decorate a venue, why not ask guests to scatter seeds or plant bulbs or plants that will be in season on your child’s birthday.
Plant a tree
This could be in your own garden. Alternatively many local councils have tree planting schemes or you could approach a local nature reserve
Light a candle
Candles are symbolic of new life and hope for the future, as well as helping to create a magical atmosphere.
Layers of different coloured sand are used to represent wishes for the child or promises made to the child.
Make a timecapsule
Put together a capsule of relevant items to be opened at a future date (see also Making a Time Capsule)
For more information about naming ceremonies see Family and Community
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