5 family tradition ideas to celebrate St David’s Day

Here in Wales, March 1 is a wonderous occasion, often celebrated with bright yellow daffodils, green leeks and vibrant traditional dress.  

St David is the patron saint of Wales; each year St David’s Day is celebrated on March 1 to mark the day St David died in 589 AD.  

Who was St David?  

Legend has it he was born on a Pembrokeshire clifftop in a ferocious storm in the year 500. A nearby holy well is thought to have healing powers and the spot itself is marked by the ruins of Non’s Chapel.  

St David is the only native-born patron saint of Britain and Ireland; he founded numerous religious communities.  

How do you and your family celebrate St David’s day? 

From Parades, to wearing traditional Welsh attire, to growing Daffodils, to the great Welsh bake off with Welsh Cakes, Bara Brith, Cawl and Glamorgan sausages, March 1 is a day to celebrate and create memories in true Welsh style. 

But don’t worry if this is your first year celebrating, we have compiled our top five suggestions that could kick start your own family traditions for years to come:  

Do the little things – Random Acts of Welshness 

Daffodil

St David’s last words to his followers are thought to have been ‘Be joyful, keep the faith, and do the little things that you have heard and seen me do.’ So why not follow his advice and do the little things with an outpouring of kindness, share and do Random Acts of Welshness. 

Have a Welsh bake off 

Baking

With so many wonderful Welsh recipes to choose from, a baking competition with the family could be just the ticket. You could set a challenge to see who can use leeks in the most creative and delicious way or compete for champion of the Welsh cakes. Here’s some recipes to get you started.   

Visit a Castle 

Snowdonia National Park

Did you know? Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe. Why not take this opportunity to visit a historic site near you.  

The defences are a remarkable part of Welsh history, with many dating back to the reign of King Edward I. Since then, some have continuously been lived in, whilst others have become captivating historic ruins. 

Tales of Wales 

Welsh legends

Why not explore Welsh myths and legends, from one of the greatest bards, Taliesin, to Gelert the faithful dog, learn about the legendary names in Welsh folklore and history, there really is something for everyone.  

Discover your Welsh roots 

Welsh flag

Do you have Welsh relatives? What are their St David’s Day traditions? Why not take this opportunity to learn about your family traditions and find out what St David’s Day was like through the years for the older members of your family. 

Learning about the life of those you love and preserving their legacy is at the core of what we do at My Story Told. We create a lasting document, a family heirloom that can be passed down so that generations can learn about your personal and family history. We help you tell your story, your way. 

For more information about how it all works, please do give us a call on 02033 283357 or fill in our contact form here. 

It was great to recently close another chapter on our journey of helping people preserve their legacy for future generations by donating funds to a fantastic charity.

The recently completed project was a biography of Gavin Simpson, who documented his life story with us on the back of an auction prize won at the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity Gala Dinner at the House of Lords in September 2021.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly known as the Army Benevolent Fund, is a national organisation that was first established in 1944 and is responsible for providing financial, emotional and practical support to veteran service men and women.

It stands at the forefront of support for the Army community, supporting 65,000 people in 48 countries last year. As one of the largest funders in the sector, the charity awards grants to individuals and families, and funds leading organisations that support soldiers, former soldiers, and their families.

The voucher for our services was given to Gavin having been won by Gavin’s son-in-law, General Sir James Rupert Everard, and his wife at the auction and gifted to Gavin. Gavin himself has links to the Forces having joined the Seaforth Highlanders regiment of the Army at 18 years old.

Gavin’s book documents his life story in a personal and candid way, outlining his experience including his early years, business ventures and marriage. Titled “Lucky in Life”, Gavin opens by describing how his life changed drastically when, aged 14, his family moved to Edinburgh, something that he describes as a “life changing event”.

After months of interviews, planning and preparation, Gavin’s book was finished, and copies of his fully completed biography was shipped to him. We are always happy to hear the feedback from our customers who have gone through our storytelling process of reflection and received a finished biography.

Part of the process involves digging out old photographs, documents and things that have significant sentimental value, as this will help the reflection process and pinpoint key memories in your life. For more on why the reflection process if beneficial, click here.

Once the book was finished, we were sent some very kind words of thanks:

Testimonial

We are glad that Gavin is happy with his finished book, and hope that he and his family are able to enjoy it and pass it down to future generations of the Simpson family.

If you would like to find out more about writing and printing your own autobiography contact us today.