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moss
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Naming ceremony/another alternative to Christening

Jun 11th, 2008, 15:37 PM   #1
 
Is anyone planning on having something like this? I keep going back and forth because I'm not religious but would love an event to recognise my baby's arrival. I don't know what I would do, when, or where, but it feels like it would be a nice idea.
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 15:41 PM   #2
 
My sister-in-law had a "Welcome To The World" party, it was really lovely, it was just at her house and she explained to everyone that it was because she wouldn't be having her son Christened so everyone bought him the sort of presents you usually get for a christening!
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 15:51 PM   #3
 
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My sister-in-law had a "Welcome To The World" party, it was really lovely, it was just at her house and she explained to everyone that it was because she wouldn't be having her son Christened so everyone bought him the sort of presents you usually get for a christening!

this is what we are going to do i think tbh.

hopefully when my wee man's born, it will be really nice weather so im thinking of having a wee party/BBQ!! xxxx
 
 

 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 15:56 PM   #4
 
Yes were havinga naming ceramony
and were having 3 8) hehehe more pressies

Ok one here at James Dads/ step mums
then another at his mums
then an other when i go up North to show Collier off

Weve asked James 3 best mates and thier partners to be Colliers guardians rather then Godparents
ive asked my Auntie Carol and Uncle Colin and my Cousin Lousie to be the Guardians from my side

At his Dad's Were going to have a lovely BQ garden party get together with a buffet and some fun games baby realated sort of like a post baby shower with Mine and James mates 8)

At OH Mum's her side of the family and friends cooked meal probley made with everyone pitching in then ate out in the garden if its nice weather

Up North all my family and close friends BQ lots of laughter and and jokes (all aimed to embarras me of course) and my Uncle Jimmy getting sloshed on beer as usual

so im now thinking what piccies of Collier to use to make up all the invitations and the things i need ot get for all 3
And when to have them all
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 16:02 PM   #5
 
We had a naming ceremony and it was lovely. We had it at our local registery office and then everyone came back to ours for a bbq in the garden. It was a great day and you even get to pick support parents, which are the non religious equivalent of a god parent.
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 16:07 PM   #6
 
Hmm I'm having a baby shower, as well. For Americans it's completely normal to have both. Will I come across as a pain or really greedy if I have both here? I could do that or wait A WHOLE YEAR and have a big first birthday. I just love the idea of doing something sooner, though.
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 16:15 PM   #7
 
No do want you what hun. I had a big first birthday too!
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 16:24 PM   #8
 
Ewan and I aren't religious at all but we are planning to have a service at the Salvation Army. I think it is a lovely way to welcome the baby into the family and the world.
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 16:35 PM   #9
 
I'll be getting Tally christened, but thats because my family are religious and i just wouldnt feel right not doing it, i think a naming ceremony, or some kind of get to know baby party is lovely.

I'm planning on having her christening ASAP after she's here, even though its obviously a christian thing i want it early because i want to use it as an opportunity for everyone to come down and meet her and get to know her, my family live all over the place so would have to come over for the day or even over night and a christening is the perfect excuse.

I'd have the ceremony at out local church then take the party back to our house, if the weathers nice we'll have a BBQ, but if not we'll have loads of food laid out in the dinning room and try and get everyone together. Then after everyone just stayng the day has gone we'll have just us and immediate family here.

Only problem i have is guarenteeing they all make an effort to get down here to see her. Oh and whether to invite baby daddy or not and where he'd fit in to it all. Plus id have his parents there and Daves family lets just hope he either doesnt wanna come or can be grown up on the day.
 
 

 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 16:38 PM   #10
 
we had a naming ceremony forSeren.we had a registrar from the Humanist society who wrote a personal ceremony for Seren (we have a copyin her memory box). we had photos of her on allthe tables, and asked people to write her a message on a card and take a chocolate from her for doing so (had a dish of heart shaped chocs next to the cards).

It was a perfect day and we are definately having another oe for Cally next year. Here is the thread for Seren's clicky
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 16:54 PM   #11
 
Hiya, we're having a welcome to the world BBQ over August Bank Hols weekend for immediate family and close friends, but we are having an official civil naming ceremony later on in the year so we can have a proper 'event' to mark her arrival and to chose friends close to us to be her 'guardians'. I think you can either get it done at your local registray office or get the registrar to come to an venue of your choice for a bit extra. My MIL went to one a few wks ago and she said it was lovely - much the same as how a civil wedding takes place compared to a religious one. She said it was basically a christening without the God speech and Holy Water!
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 17:10 PM   #12
 
We are having a naming ceremony too. My Mum let me and my 2 brother's choose our religion as she said then you understand the choice you made. My MIL mentioned my DH christening gown a few months back and I explained our decision and she was fine about that phew!

My SIL was christian CofE and then became a baptist at 18 so she can't say anything to us but she seems fine too.

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Jun 11th, 2008, 18:20 PM   #13
 
I was wondering this to but couldnt decide as Im not religious at all either yet would still like a celebration just about baby. A welcome to the world party sounds great though I like that idea it sounds really good too!

And on subject of baby shower I think if you do that now and then have the other celebration when the babies born there will be about 9 weeks between the two things to seperate the two so its not greedy, just do it!!xx
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 20:08 PM   #14
 
I think we'll do this, we're not religious (but our families are - eek) but we do still want a little party for everyone to get together and celebrate with us.
 
 
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Jun 11th, 2008, 21:15 PM   #15
 
I put my foot down and said no christening when we were TTC (as I don't believe in God). I didn't want OH to expect it and get all disappointed when I wouldn't be able to do the religious stuff. He was fine about it though

I think the ideas of the naming parties are lovely although we probably won't get around to one though. I do want to get a will written and for us to have guardians appointed just in case something happened to us.
 
 
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