There is a tradition of sorts in this country that once a baby is born, friends and family of the new arrival need to get together and “Wet the baby’s head”. Personally I just think its people looking for the next excuse for a party! The more common way to do this is a christening.
For those that don’t know what is entailed in a christening, the below is an explanation from the Church of England’s official site, which can be found here;
What is baptism?
In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church’s support.
For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.
People are also given the title of ‘Godparents’, which means if the parents for whatever reason are unable to care for the child, they promise in front of the lord to take care of the child as if it was their own. The ceremony normally takes place in the church normally frequented by the parents of the newborn. People still have this even though they themselves are not religious, which I find VERY hypocritical.
This is where it becomes clear this is not something I would like to do for Benjamin.
With regards to religion, I would consider myself an Agnostic Atheist. I don’t believe in god, but I don’t disagree that it isn’t a possibility. So the reason for not wanting a Christening is not based on a religious belief but why would I want to enter my child into a belief that I don’t hold myself?
I do, however still want to celebrate my son’s birth and the beginning of our new family.
There are, with most things, an alternative to religion. You can have a civil ‘Naming Ceremony’ where friends and family get together, say a few words and celebrate the new arrival.
Either scenario still seems a little odd to me.
What did you do to welcome and celebrate your new arrival into the world?