A nameday commemorates the feast of the saint whose name we received at baptism. To the Church’s mind, the day of the saint’s death is his real feastday, and that is the day usually assigned as his feast–his birthday into heaven. In some countries and in most religious orders it is customary to observe name-days instead of birthdays. ~ My Nameday: Come for Dessert
I’m curious… Do you celebrate namedays in your home? If so, and your parents didn’t give you the name of a specific or well-known saint, how did you figure out when to celebrate your nameday?
Our children are all named after specific beloved saints, and we have always celebrated their namedays. A good number of our feast day celebrations, at least most of the ones that we make sure to celebrate every year, are actually namedays in our home. But when it comes to my own nameday, I’ve never been completely sure when to celebrate… For the past 5 or 6 years (basically once our children got old enough to ask when we would celebrate mom and dad’s namedays, too) we’ve been celebrating my nameday on the feast of St. Anne. My name is actually just Jessica Jo, but I choose to be confirmed with the names Ann Elizabeth, so choosing St. Anne’s Day for my own nameday works, right?
(My Grandmother’s name was JoAnn, so I choose St. Anne in honor of both our Heavenly Grandmother and my own Grandmother, and St. Elizabeth of Hungary because, in my opinion, she was one of the prettiest saints in our Picture Book of Saints! 😉 I was confirmed when I was about 12, and didn’t develop a devotion to St. Therese until years later.)
Anyways… I had plans to make a special dinner and dessert in honor of St. Anne, but I somehow managed to throw my back out and have hardly been able to move all day! (Which explains all the extra time for blogging today!) Despite not being able to move, my kids were amazing today! They helped me get back up off the floor after trying to change a diaper, put away all the laundry, help make all the meals, took turns holding the baby, and even finished preparing a special treat for their momma’s nameday! (I guess all those State-by-State baking “classes” are starting to pay off!)
I did show Twinkle Toes a picture, and she ended up decorating our Dessert Pizza with “Red & Green Fruit Ribbons” just like Lisa did last year. (Thanks for the additional inspiration Lisa!) It turned out beautiful and delicious. I posted the recipe over at Catholic Cuisine!
P.S. The only reason my kitchen has been looking so spotless in these last two posts is because yesterday afternoon was the “every other Wednesday” when I have a cleaning lady for three hours! I told Hubby we could stop using her for awhile so we could catch up on all these new medical bills, but he said no, not yet… I feel so spoiled! She is such a blessing!! So, yes, I have been resting! 🙂