That's interesting, Thrilla.
So when people say, "What shall you be naming the baby?" They assume that he/she will be named officially at the Christening. Hmm .. That's so sweet.
In Australia when we had our children Christened it was already slightly out of favour to do so.
It is not as fashionable or important to have babies Christened here any more..
The naming is quite separate.
The child usually has a name announced quickly after birth but technically doesn't need the paper work finalised until they are six weeks old.
Our Christening service asked 'Name this child'. And we parents named the child aloud.
Then the Minister said "'Rosa Ellinor' I baptise you in the name of ....."
Actually, I wasn't interested in having our daughter christened, but it was important to my husband's family, so we did and it is a tradition here. Most people do it just to do it, not because they have any belief in Christianity anymore. I think that is wrong and I will not force her to be confirmed like a lot of people also do because it is tradition and because the kids want a big party with lots of presents. If she comes and says she wants to be confirmed, so be it. But if she doesn't want to but still wants a party, she will have a "nonfirmation" like some people are calling them now. I know from friends in the US that Sweet 16 is a popular party for girls of that age and then Americans of hispanic descent sometimes throw what's called a (Spanish speakers help me out here) quinceanera - minus the tilde over the "n" because my keyboard doesn't have it - for girls when they turn 15. In that sense, I don't mind marking her coming of age at around 14 instead of the confirmation, because so many other cultures do it. Like bat mitzvah in Judaism, for example. I don't know if something is done in muslim countries, but anyway, enough examples of non-religious based parties to choose from.
I'm not challenging you having a christening, Cloaked, I think it's wonderful when people are spiritual and if it gives meaning in their lives.
For me it's also important that people are not hypocritical, for example complaining about immigrants being too religious on one hand and then themselves insisting on carrying out religious ceremonies that they don't believe in because it's "our culture". No thanks!
But I digress