Welcoming Your Baby
After waiting for what seemed to be forever, your precious baby has finally arrived! Bring family and friends together to welcome and celebrate the birth of the newest addition to your family. Whether you and your partner want to blend religious traditions for a Baby Blessing or Naming, or you want to host a non-religious Baby Welcoming Ceremony, I can create a beautiful, personalized ceremony that takes into account you and your partner’s beliefs, desires, and preferences. I will work with you to make this celebration of new life very special for you and your friends and family.
ADOPTION WELCOMING CEREMONIES
An adoption welcoming ceremony is a memorable way to celebrate the adoption of your child or to embrace stepchildren into a newly-formed family. Because many religions only have welcoming ceremonies for newborns, families with adopted children can often feel left out.
I feel that the arrival of adopted children and stepchildren is just as joyful and important as a baby’s birth. The focus of an Adoption Welcoming Ceremony is to welcome the child into the family, to bind them emotionally to the new family, and to express love and gratitude for your supportive family and friends.
If the adopted child is a baby, a simple Baby Naming Ceremony may be appropriate. See the Ceremony Enhancement ideas below. Even if the child is significantly older, Welcoming Ceremonies can still be deeply moving because they are old enough to be active participants. You and your child can work with me to create a custom-written ceremony that celebrates the taking of the family name and focuses on joy and love as this new family relationship begins. Similar Ceremony Enhancements are perfect for welcoming stepchildren into a new, blended family.
Whatever the case may be, I will create a ceremony that focuses on each person’s expression of love and commitment, and we will celebrate your new family coming together as one.
CEREMONY ENHANCEMENTS FOR BABY
From the Book of Proverbs, “The soul of man is the candle of God”; thus, the candle flame symbolically represents the human soul, and lighting a candle for the child further represents the promises we make to remain illuminated for this Child for all time. This is great way to include the “special someone(s)” in your child’s life. One or two larger candles and one additional slim candle per couple are needed. There are two ways to do this:
- With 2 larger candles. The parents’ candle is the first to be lit by the smaller of the two candles in the center of the altar. The parents then light the candle of the couple next to them, and so on, until everyone’s candle is lit. Then the Godparents or Grandparents light the larger center candle.
- With 1 larger candle. All the candles are already lit and on the altar. The special people (Godparents, Grandparents) and the parents take a candle per couple, and together they light the center candle.
Sharing of Wine — (breaking of bread can be used in conjunction)
Used in many cultures since antiquity to commemorate special occasions and rites of passage. The cup of wine is blessed, and the parents, and whomever else, drink from it.
Wishing/Blessing Stones — (can be done with sea shells instead!)
Stones are a good way to include everyone present at the ceremony! Smooth stones and fine-tipped permanent markers are handed to everyone who attends. They are to create a phrase or word that captures what they wish the baby will be blessed with. Mommy and Daddy, Grandparents, and/or Godparents, however, do not write their intentions on the stones to symbolize that their wishes are a sacred connection between themselves and the child and the Creator; the intentions are engraved on their hearts and minds, a private and special bond between them all. During the ceremony, each person holds the stone in his/her hand, and together we bless the stones, and then each participant adds his/her stone into an apothecary glass jar. However, the parents and special someone(s) place theirs into the bowl of water, with which I use to bless the Child. Thus everyone is involved, energetically connected and part of the Baby Blessings, and you get to keep this lovely keepsake in the baby’s bedroom always!
Tree Planting Ceremony
This is a perfect way to commemorate your child’s birth and include other members of the family. This Ceremony Enhancement represents the nurturing and tender-loving care required for your child to grow. Love is the root from which all things spring forth, and the hope is that not only will your child’s growth mirror that of the tree, but your relationship and love for one another and for your child will mature and blossom just as the tree you planted. It will serve as a visual reminder of your commitment to your child because just as the tree will need daily, constant care, a healthy child requires constant nurturing and nourishment. This is a wonderful way to include other family members too! Vessels of soil are given to Parents, Godparents, Grandparents, and/or siblings to surround the sapling in its container.
Presenting of Gifts
The parents, grandparents and/or Godparents can give the child a gift during the ceremony for all to witness. Parents can also give tokens of appreciation to the presenters of gifts.
Closing Ceremony Enhancement Options:
- Sea Shell Toss
- Balloon Release
- Sprinkling of Petals
- Holding Up High
- Ringing a Bell