As we are not religious, I didn’t feel comfortable having the children Christened. And besides, neither my husband or I are Christened ourselves, so we couldn’t even if we wanted to.
However, I didn’t want my children to be left out of a celebration and hoped that when they were older would appreciate that they still had a special day.
So when my son was 3 months old we decided on a Naming Ceremony. To be honest, I didn’t have a clue what was involved as we had never attended a Naming Ceremony before.
You can make it very formal and official and hire a registrar to do the honours, but we decided to do it ourselves. This is another thing that I loved about a Naming Day, was how personal you could make it. For my son’s we hired a hall that had a bar, buffet, had a cake made and decorations. It was very much like a wedding.
Our guests were seated for a small ceremony, which involved readings from Grandparents, speeches for my husband and I, and his Auntie putting on his engraved bracelet.
When it came to organising my daughter’s Naming Day, I was just going to do the same thing. But my husband suggested something a less formal and more relaxed. This time, we had the advantage of a bigger house with a larger garden. So we thought we would make the most of this.
Only this time, we had half the number of guests. This didn’t make it any less special or enjoyable though. It was just different. No formalities, just a few words of thanks from me. Lots of food, lots to drink and plenty of sunshine. Everyone said how much they enjoyed themselves, including Lil Man.
To make it special, I tried to go all out with the decorations and food.
Making a lot of things myself, such as the candle holders, some bouquets and mini burgers with sweet potato fries. They went down a treat.
Overall, I enjoyed both of my children’s Naming Days. I suppose having a smaller one does mean you can relax more and take it all in. But I also liked how my son’s felt like a proper ceremony.
Have you had a Naming Day for your children? What did you do and would you have done anything different?