All societies have their own rituals for welcoming the newborn. The giving of a name, the bestowal of blessings, the selection of godparents/mentors/guides, and the giving of gifts are all ways of recognising how important this child is to all of us. Many people no longer have a particular affiliation to any religious group but they still want to mark the significance of their child’s arrival in this world and make sure the child is given a place in the community. In our contemporary world, there is greater choice than ever for the ways we choose to celebrate such occasions. Some choose a Home Christening while others prefer an earth-centred ceremony or one with a distinctly Australian flavour, or which combines different cultural traditions. Whatever best suits you and your child.