Mothers day is celebrated in different ways and at different times all over the world. In the United States Mothers Day is on the second Sunday in May, whereas in Spain they celebrate it on the 8th of December.
The British Mothering Sunday or Mothers Day falls on Sunday 18th March this year, and most mothers would say this day is almost as important as their own birthday! The fact that Mothers Day always falls on a Sunday gives most mothers the chance to put their feet up (maybe even have breakfast in bed), be spoilt rotten and, of course, be loved and appreciated by their children and spouses alike.
Mind you, there are a few of us who actually do forget Mothers Day, an amazing 15% in fact, as pointed out by an Internet Poll. And, as also pointed out, some mothers really do not want to receive cleaning products or a night out to their husbands favourite restaurant. Home and school made cards usually come high on the list and most mothers would say anything their kids give them will be treasured and remembered, something as simple as a hand print or foot print! Of course, this is only possible if they havent been banned from doing so, which was actually reported to have happened in a school in Carmarthen, Dyfed.
A brief look at the history of Mothering Sunday in the UK tells us that it has been celebrated since the 16th century. It is not a fixed date because it always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent (between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday). Traditionally servants were given time off to return home and visit their mother, often taking a small gift or posy of flowers. Better-off servants would bring a special mothering cake or Simnel Cake. At the time, most young people in service lived away from their families and this was a rare opportunity to spend time with them.
Over the centuries Mothers Day became more and more commercialized, as surely it would. Is Mothering Sunday a rip-off? Well, how much is a bunch of daffodils? Prices are inflated and the vendors cash in, this is only to be expected. You only have one Mum and if children and husbands want to show how much she is loved then let them. After all, who is it who relates all that good advice as we grow up...? Mum!
As my dear mum used to say Mothers always right and blow me, she always was! Here are some pieces of advice and learning given by our wonderful mothers:
My Mother taught me:
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!