For those who don’t know, I’m not actually Italian. I married into an Italian family and carry a very Italian last name, but my family of origin is actually from the British Isles. And that includes Wales. In an attempt to connect to my long-ago-family-roots, Christopher and I decided to celebrate the Welsh holiday of Saint David’s Day today!
Daffodils are the national flower of Wales and commonly worn (along with leeks) on St. David’s Day. These particular flowers are actually growing just outside my house. 🙂 Also, I really like this quote by Saint David. He emphasized living a simple life and focusing on the little joys of life.
To celebrate, we started with Welsh Cakes for lunch. Oh. My. Wow. They don’t look like much, but the mixture of spices and sweetness are amazing. In a way, they are sort of like giant snickerdoodle cookie cakes. Even if you never celebrate a Welsh holiday, you need to try these.
And for dinner we had Welsh Cawl which is traditionally a soup with lamb and whatever veggies are in season, but it varies by region and season. It can be served together as a soup (like we had it) or as two courses by removing the veggies and lamb from the soup and serving the broth first and then the meat/veggies next. I think I sort of expected to not like this soup just because I’d never had swede (rutabaga) before and it’s not like I eat just a whole lot of lamb. But we both actually really enjoyed it! The flavors came together perfectly! I’ve heard that it’s even better the next day so I’m excited to eat the leftovers tomorrow. 🙂
Earlier today, Christopher and I were talking about Saint David’s Day over chat and about different traditions that are associated with these sorts of holidays. Which led to this conversation:
Christopher: If I were to die and have a day of celebration named after me, I would want people to play basketball and have excellent coffee. What would you want your day to be celebrated with?
Me: Sunshine and the beach. And I would want everyone to eat spaghetti. And pizza!
Christopher: Hmm… I think we should make our own holidays. Like as a family. So you get to pick a day and so do I and our kids get a day too. So it’s like a birthday, but without gifts. We just do something that makes that day celebrated. This is brilliant!
Me: It is brilliant! I love it!
Christopher: And you can name it whatever you want. And it can change each year so you don’t get stuck with “Hippo Day” because our kid picked it when he was 3.
Me: Haha! Well, at some point, I think it should stay the same. Just for a true “holiday tradition”
Christopher: Yeah, hmm… that will be interesting.
Me: Maybe at 16 it can be their rite of passage to pick their official holiday
Christopher: Maybe they can choose their day when they are like 13. Rite of passage stuff.
Me: Haha! Yes! Exactly!
Christopher: That just happened
So apparently, my husband and I think alike when it comes to rites of passage for our kids. We typed that at the exact same time! Thankfully we’ve got some time to hammer out the details seeing as how we don’t even have kiddos yet. 😉 I will definitely keep you posted on when Rach Day occurs.