A dedication book that is signed with a special message from all the guests and with space for photos from the day.
Plant a tree with a plaque recording the date and the name of the child. You can choose the kind of tree according to its qualities; for instance, Oak for strength, Olive for peace. In Switzerland the custom is to plant apple trees for boys and nut trees for girls.
Commission a ceramic plate with the name, date of birth or naming ceremony date. Artists are willing to put any drawing, even a picture of the baby, to make it even more personal.
A traditional silver mug engraved with the name and date is something that will be treasured by the child as an adult and can be passed on to future generations as a record of the day.
If you have a garden, consider one of these ways of creating a long lasting memory of your child’s naming ceremony:
Create a special area with plants that will bloom around the same time as the birthday or naming ceremony day every year.
Buy and engrave a bird bath with the name of the child
A sundial on the wall can be engraved with the baby’s name and or initials of all the family
Concrete pavers for the garden can be created with the names and hand or foot imprints of all the family members, with a new one being added with each baby.
Plaster casts of hands and feet of the baby. These can be marked with the date of the naming day.
A lock of the baby’s hair can be placed in a small treasure box or in a locket, with an engraving to commemorate the special occasion.
Parents or god parents of baby girls can follow the Victorian custom of presenting a single pearl for each birthday, so that by the time she is 21, she’ll have enough for a pearl necklace.
Embroidered sampler recording the birth and name of the child can be framed and placed on the nursery wall.
Commission a painting or sculpture of the baby, which can be arranged through the local Arts Council.
A patchwork quilt, seen by many cultures as being lucky, can be commissioned either as fabric pieces or as knitted squares that are stitched together and often embroidered with a special message.
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