Our family is not religious so a christening didn’t seem quite right but we still wanted to celebrate our little Oskar and his addition to the larger family. So we had a name giving ceremony for him in sunny Spain, where half of my family live! We all flew down together with Olof’s parents and brothers. My brother and his wife even flew in for the weekend from the UK. It was a perfect day, definately one we will remember!
The ceremony was out in a lovely park in Guadamar and took just 15 minutes. The idea was that at the end of teh cermeony everyone would come and give Oskar a kiss and he would give everyone a helium filled balloon to let fly. There were just 2 problems… firstly, Oskar slept through the ceremony and secondly, the baloons kept popping, so a bunch of 14 baloons turned into a sad pair!
During the ceremony we read this poem which I thought I’d share with you all as a reminder to how we can all make the world a better place!
CHILDREN LEARN WHAT IS LIVED
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith.
If children live with acceptance and friendship,
They learn to find love in the world.
Filip (my brother in law) took all the photos during the ceremony including this one.
…more pictures in this slideshow!
The cute outfit Oskar is wearing a real Hawaian shirt and shorts that Richard and Katy bought for him while on their honeymoon before Oskar was even born! Much more fun than a traditional christening gown!