Posted on 21st Oct 2019
If you’re not religious, you may not have considered christening your new baby. You would not be alone! Or maybe you’re a ‘non-practicing”-something-or-another and feel just a touch uncomfortable with it all yet don’t want to damn your sweet child to some horrible fate for forgoing it completely. Consider re-framing this opportunity to celebrate the arrival of your baby and tweak the elements to suit you and your family. Bring “Christening” into the new millennium.
We use marriage celebrants to make Wedding Ceremonies more meaningful and intimate so why not use them for a christening? Take bare feet and floral headdresses to this precious time and create a unique event for yourself and your loved ones.
We sometimes forget that babies are a special time in the lives of those around us as well as the parents. Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles and Friends unconsciously keep secret their heart’s desire to be part of a baby’s life because they don’t know how to get involved without the invitation. We no longer live in an era where people “drop by”. If you want your child to be brought up by the village, then it’s important to start it out right by involving the village as early as possible. What better way to do so, then with a celebration?
You might not be a Boho parent. Whatever your style or lifestyle, there will be a way to create joy filled event to suit. Just the act of asking yourself what an authentic Christening would look like for you will put a new spin on things. Some traditional elements, you may want to keep whilst others can be dispensed with. It is the new millennium after all.
Greek families often have amazing Christenings that are luxuriously catered for and almost as big as their weddings! In our family, my mum and nan took each baby in turn and christened them over the kitchen sink. They didn’t think to tell me for years afterward and in hindsight I would have loved to have been there. Just the thought of my dear mother and grandmother, neither of whom were religious, setting a clear intention for each child, dedicating them to a Higher Purpose and calling a blessing is comforting to me.
Ritual is a healthy and important part of society and all too rare in our modern lives. They create a sense of stability and continuity, help us deal with change and reinforce values such as family, intention, spiritualism, renewal and connection. Christenings are a perfect opportunity to engage in a joyful and happy ritual. Some other ideas to help you think about christenings in a new light …