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Q&A: What's a Baby-naming Ceremony?

What’s a baby-naming ceremony?
ByAmy Stanford
Updated
March 2, 2017
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A baby-naming ceremony is any organized event where you celebrate baby’s birth with family and friends. Not only do you get the opportunity to announce the name you chose, but you can also explain its significance (if there is one). If baby was named after a loved one, a naming ceremony is a nice chance to reflect back on that person’s life, as well as be excited about your new addition’s future.

The ceremony itself can be religious if you want, but it doesn’t have to be. Christian and Jewish families, for example, have their own popular customs when it comes to welcoming baby into the world (the baptism for Christians, and for Jewish boys, the bris), but your ceremony can be as simple as a small gathering. Remember, it’s a celebration you can customize according to your own beliefs and style, so feel free to think outside the box. Your bash can take place in your home, in a garden, at a catering hall, or, really, any other venue you love. And afterward, you can celebrate with a get-to-know-baby party.

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