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Holiday Baby Names: Too Jolly Or Justified?

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Doesn't look like a Santa, or does he?

My son was born three weeks before Christmas. I fondly remember rocking him back and forth while my girls put the finishing touches on the tree. Cookies were baking, stockings were hung, and one of my favorite Dave Matthews songs came on,  A Christmas Song:

A surprise on the way, any day, any day
One healthy little giggling dribbling baby boy
The wise men came three made their way
To shower him with love
While he lay in the hay

And at this point, I started crying. I mean basket case hysterical crying because I was so incredibly happy. I couldn’t imagine being any happier than getting ready for Christmas holding my newborn son and being with my girls. Now I’m sure my hormones were ridiculously high and out of whack because first of all, the song isn’t even that sappy but there I was imagining how Mary must have felt, how happy I was to have a son born around Christmastime and seeing how loved he was by our girls. On top of that, there wasn’t anything particularly sentimental that occurred that caused my happy breakdown. I reminded myself of Holly Hunter in Raising Arizona when she’s holding the baby that Nicholas Cage just kidnapped, and she cries, “I love him soooo much!” (In fact, my husband always jokes that was me with each of my babies).

Anyway, hormones can and will cause some crazy emotional responses. I read a post about holiday baby names and wondered if I would have considered a holiday-inspired name in my crazy emotional state if I hadn’t already had one picked out a few months before.

Many people do actually choose holiday names for their babies.

Here are some that top the list:

Girls:

Holly

Mary

Joy

Angel

Snow

Boys:

Emmanuel

Joseph

Gabriel

Rudolf

Christopher

We’ve all met an Autumn who was born in the fall, a May born in the spring, or a Summer born in July. We’ve even heard that somewhere someone named their kid Santa, no joke.

People choose their child’s name for a variety of reasons and the Christmas holiday probably brings out more of that festive feeling than most others. After all, snuggling up with those sweet toes, innocent coos, and first smiles is like a drug. And man do those hormones cause some intense feelings.  So while I do think it’s sweet to name a boy Joseph or Gabriel, I’d have to a draw the line at Santa and Rudolf.

Do you think holiday baby names are sappy or ridiculous? Would you ever name your baby a holiday name?

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