Mother’s Day, Also Known as Mothering Sunday in the UK

In the UK, Mother’s Day is also known as Mothering Sunday. This is because in the UK it is a religious celebration that is always held on the 4th Sunday of Lent, and goes back hundreds of years. Mother’s Day is a more recent introduction, and heralds from the USA. In America and many other countries, it takes place on the second Sunday of May.

The History of Mothering Sunday

The origins of the British celebration seem to be a little complicated, but it is thought by some to herald from the 16th century. It involved visiting the “mother church”, and was often a day when servants were given the day off to visit their families. The church would be the main church in the region, and the day was called Laetare Sunday.

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In the US, the celebration dates back to the civil war, when mother’s groups were created for sons who had fought in the war. It was made a formal day of celebration by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. What prompted this formalisation was a campaign by a woman called Anna Jarvis, whose own mother had died in May 1907.
mothers day-ukA 20th century British woman named Constance Smith, led to the modern reincarnation, after she was inspired by Anna Jarvis and her campaign. Smith published a book titled “The Revival of Mothering Sunday” in 1920, under a pseudonym, and everything snowballed from there. By 1938, Mothering Sunday was celebrated all across Britain and countries in her Empire.

UK Traditions Associated With Mothering Sunday

It is traditional in Britain for celebrations to include the baking of a Simnel cake, usually by the mother’s children. A Simnel cake is a sort of light fruit cake, with a layer of marzipan in the middle and one on the top.
Simnel cakes are also associated with Easter, and include 11 balls of marzipan on the top. The balls represent 11 of the 12 disciples, missing out Judas for obvious reasons.
This tradition is no longer very popular, and Mother’s Day gifts in the UK, are often flowers or chocolates. Mother’s Day is a big thing in the UK, with children paying tribute to their mothers and making handmade gifts at school. For the older generation, handmade is still a great way to go, but many offspring prefer to buy their mum a very special gift. Flowers are the most popular gifts

Ideas for Mother’s Day Presents in the UK

If you’re thinking of buying a Mother’s Day present for a certain special female in your life then let’s see if we can help with a few simple suggestions. And hints on what you should bear in mind before you hand over your cash. The most important thing with Mother’s Day gifts UK residents should realise, is that they should be an indication of the way you feel about this special woman, how much you know and understand her feelings, and the special place she holds in your heart.

If You Want to Buy Her Perfume….

Make sure you keep her preferences in mind. Most women don’t like to leave the home without a bit of a dab of perfume, but not all perfumes are the same. Does she prefer a softer and less heady scent, or does she like really distinct aromas? If you’re not sure what to buy her, you need to think about what will make her feel good. The perfume you choose will also make a personal statement about her. Ask at the perfume counter of the store you visit, and you’re sure to get some sound advice.

If You Want to Buy Her Jewellery…

You need to think about her preferences. There are a wealth of jewellery stores on the High Street, but there are even more places to buy jewellery online. Thousands of different designs, materials, gemstones and styles for earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pendants. With all this choice things can get a little confusing, so to make your life easier here are a few popular ideas:

  • Fashion jewellery – take a look online, and you’ll easily pick out what’s best for your mum
  • Pearl sets – a tried and tested favourite with mums in the UK
  • Lockets or pendants – you can have these personalised, and pop in a family picture
  • Bracelets – there are charm bracelets, pearl bracelets, gold and diamond bracelets
  • Diamond studded earrings – a classic favourite for many mums, because they can be worn for all kinds of occasions
  • Beaded jewellery – ethnic designs and bold, striking colours. ranging from small and delicate to large

If You Want to Buy Her a Gift Basket…

A great choice if you want to buy lots of small Mother’s Day gifts in the UK. You can put one together yourself or buy one already made. It could contain tasty treats if she’s a bit of a foodie, or the latest beauty products if she loves to look good.

If You Want to Buy Her Flowers…

flowers bouquetFlowers are an excellent present to buy for many different celebrations, as well as for just surprising any woman that means a lot. But there’s no better occasion than for a Mother’s Day gift. They are always very popular, and florists see the run up to this day as one of the best times of the year. You can choose from bouquets of flowers, plants for the garden, and even the eternal gift of a gold dipped rose from Eternity Rose.

Mother’s Day is a popular celebration, and while the date may differ, the sentiment behind it remains the same. It is a time to rejoice all thing motherly, and the sacrifices they make to make other people happy, there are many guides of what to pick and how to handle the day, but just trust to yourself and all would be fine.. This Mothering Sunday show your favourite mother how much you care, and how much you appreciate all the love and attention she has given you over the years. This day is a time that she should feel the reflection of her love back from all those around her.