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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

George Day

Hey all!  Happy George day! (More to come on that later)



First of all, I'd like to address all of the comments and emails from yesterday's post.  I think it stirred up a good amount of conversation and was pretty thought provoking.  There's a lot in that post that still isn't 100% perfect.  Maybe I'll rewrite/correct things later, but for now, I think I mostly got my point across.


Anyways, back to George day... actually, it's not George Day as much as it is George's name day.  In Greece, and many other European countries, you celebrate the day of the year associated with the saint that shares your given name.  Most of the time, you have some sort of celebration or family gathering to celebrate those in the family with that name.

Want to see if you've been missing out on your name day?  Check this link to see if your name is on the Greek name day calendar.

George owned at least five 3 piece suits by the time he was out of diapers.  The Greeks dressed their babies like pimps.
Which brings me to my next point.  People ALWAYS, and I mean.... always.... ask me about the whole Greek naming thing.  In Greek culture, you name your kids, typically, after their grandparents.  That's why George has a ton of cousins either named George or Georgia.

I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about this.  I love the idea of carrying on a tradition and making my future child's name meaningful. It's pretty cool to know that the tradition has been carried on for many generations before.   At the same time, I don't like only being able to choose from only a few names.  Naming your kid is supposed to be fun and a personal choice, and a little bit of that is taken away when you stick with tradition.


George and I will be keeping it fairly low-key for his name day.  He has a fairly busy patient load today, so I'm going to just cook dinner at home.  Most likely, I'll make something I've made before.  I'd hate to have a Pinterest fail meal on a holiday. :)

Happy Name Day, George! χρόνια πολλά! I love you!

 

11 comments :

  1. Interesting on the name holiday. I like it. I am with you on the naming of child matter. I live my names to mean something but if you have have 2 names to chose from then it's no fun. Thanks for sharing the story of this Greek tradition with us.

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  2. That is so cool! Thanks for the look into Greek culture :)

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  3. Love that pimp picture of George! Nothing makes me happier than a well-dressed baby :) Happy George day. Have fun celebrating!!!

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  4. I love name day!!! I worked in Greece for 3 months with my previous employer. It was always fun to see what people around the office did for the name days - my favorite was when they brought it treats to share with everyone. :) Has George taken you to Greece yet? I love it and miss it! Do you (or George) have a great pork souvlaki recipe to share? None of the Greek restaurants in my (small) city have it, but they do make a pretty mean gyro! I'm going through withdrawals!!

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  5. Wow, this is really cool! What would your kids be called if you named them after their grandparents?
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  6. I am Bulgarian, which is just north of Greece and we also celebrate name days. It confuses a lot of people when I tell them about it. haha Happy name day George!

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  7. Happy name day! I think that's a cool tradition but I totally see where you are coming from about naming your kids someday! :)

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  8. Happy name day to him! I totally share the same mixed feelings on the name tradition. My guy is Greek, too, so I'm not sure yet how I feel about it just yet.

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  9. You and George are a gorgeous couple. You'll make some pretty dark hair and dark eyed babies whatever their names end up being!!

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  10. I love that pic of y'all kissing! :)

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  11. Even though I'm Greek, I had no idea about the name celebration thing. However, there are a lot of people on my dad's side named George so that part made me laugh!

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