When my baby grandson Lochlan was visiting recently, I was out walking with him in his pram one day, when an old lady who I’d never seen before stopped to have a wee look at the baby, and then she did something very familiar to people in Scotland…. she went into her purse, took out a silver coin and put it inside the pram, saying, “There you go wee one, I hope your purse is never empty.”
When my two children were born in the 80s, I had them both christened. Not because I was religious, but because I felt it was very important to celebrate their arrival, and the only real way to do that at the time was to have a christening in the church. However, the only ritual I can recall from the ceremony was the minister dripping water on my sons’s head to “wash away his sins”. Today I find that parents are every bit as eager to mark a wee one’s arrival, but most don’t want to have any religious rituals included. Luckily they have much more choice than we did in the 80s, and nowadays a child can be welcomed into the world in a number of lovely ways.
A Wee Welcome is ideal for those parents who don’t want to include a Blessing or a Naming, but still want to mark the important arrival of their wee one. There can still be songs, poems and/or readings. but the focal point of the ceremony will be everyone giving thanks for baby’s safe arrival. A Wee Welcome is also an ideal ceremony for a blended family or adoption ceremony, and is a perfect opportunity for friends and family to show their support to the both the parents and the child.