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Mother’s Day is a fairly modern celebration, a day on which you honour your mother, together with motherhood and maternal bonds. But it’s also a time to celebrate the influence mothers have on society too. It is actually celebrated all over the world, although the actual date does differ. On the whole however, it is celebrated in either March or May. In the UK and Europe it is a Christian celebration,known as Mothering Sunday, and takes place on the 4th Sunday of Lent. In the US their Mother’s Day celebration is not observed for religious reasons, and only came into being in the 20th century.
The History of Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday, and in the 16th century was originally a celebration of the mother church, rather than motherhood. On Laetare Sunday, people returned to their mother church (the main church or cathedral in the area) to attend a special service. These people were said to be going “a-mothering”. However it is not really known whether this is where the term “Mothering Sunday” came from.
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Many years later the celebration became a day when household servants were given the day off to go and visit their families. Wild flowers were picked by children for their mothers, which led on to the modern day tradition of giving Mothers Day presents. This was a very special day because servants were very rarely given the day off.
The History of Mother’s Day
Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day have become one celebration in the UK, but they both have their own origins. Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century in the USA. It is unrelated to the Christian celebration of Mothering Sunday. The modern Mother’s Day holiday was first celebrated in 1908. A lady called Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her mother. Her mother was the founder of Mother’s Day Work Clubs, that were held in 5 cities across the USA. These clubs were aimed at improving health and sanitary conditions for working men and women. After her death, her daughter held a memorial service for her every year, and fought to have the day recognised as a holiday. A wish that was granted in 1914.
However the holiday became very commercialised and the sending of greetings cards became very popular. Anna Jarvis wasn’t too keen on what had happened, so she incorporated herself as the Mother’s Day International Association and trademarked the phrase “Mother’s Day”. She continued to campaign against the holiday, along with her sister, spending all of their inheritance money.
All was not lost by the death of Anna, because she had inspired Constance Penswick-Smith to create the Mothering Sunday Movement in 1914.
In Europe the practise of celebrating Mothering Sunday was beginning to dwindle by the 1920’s. American and Canadian soldiers serving abroad during World War II, revived the celebration, and Mothering Sunday became merged with the tradition of Mother’s Day from the US.
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special celebration done and dusted, so let’s get on with some ideas for your Mother’s Day gifts.
- Creative Mother’s Day Gifts – Why not do something completely different and not bother with shop bought Mother’s Day presents and cards? Time to dust off your imagination, get arts and crafty, and try out some Mother’s Day gifts to make.
- One Memory for Every Week of the Year – trim up a presentation box and fill it with 52 memories about your mum (one for her to enjoy reading every week of the following year)
- Now and Then Photo Frame – see if you can find some old photos, and present them to her in an attractive picture frame. Look for one from when you were a baby and she was still a fresh faced young mum, and one that has the pair of you together as you are now.
- Hand Prints – time for the grandkids to get mucky, and create a table runner with all their handprints on it.
- Breakfast in Bed – if you’re still living at home, give your mum the day off, or the morning at least. Let her enjoy a lie in and bring her breakfast in bed.
Believe it or not a handmade gift will probably surpass anything you can find in the shops. Even if you’re not over impressed with your efforts, you can be certain that she will be. A handmade Mother’s Day present will definitely show her how much you care.
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As you’ve found yourself to this website, it’s probably safe to assume that you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift for your mom. Modern technology has made looking for and buying good Mother’s Day gifts a piece of cake. As long as you’ve got the gadgets and are tech-savvy of course. There are truck loads of gift and present websites, offering up thousands of different options for the gift searcher to choose from. You’ve been used to her buying the gifts over the years, but now the shoes on the other foot it’s all so different. If you’re struggling to decide on a Mother’s Day present let’s offer up some help.
Tips to Help You Find Top Mother’s Day Gifts
Find Something You Know She’ll Love
You’ve known your mum now for plenty of years, so you should have some idea of the things she likes. A good Mother’s Day present would be something that she’d buy for herself such as a favourite perfume, skin care product or bouquet of flowers. If she loves gardening then buy her a plant for the garden. If she loves cooking then maybe the latest cookbook would be a good choice.
Gift Her Some Time for Herself Every other day of the year is full of family responsibilities, work commitments and taking care of other people, so Mother’s Day should be one day a year she gets to spend time by herself. Book a cleaner for the day, so that she can go and enjoy some free time without worrying about chores. Treat her to a pamper day at a local spa centre. Or just take the kids off her hands so she can relax and enjoy a book, in the peace and quiet of her own home.
The Classics Never go out of Fashion There are a few classic Mothering Sunday presents for mom that will never really go out of fashion. Flowers (her favourites would be best), chocolates and jewellery are always going to appreciated. Getting the items personalised and adding a heartfelt message will take them into the list of top Mother’s Day gifts.
Gift Her Some of Your Time How many times have you looked back and wished you had more time for your mom? We all get so caught up in our regular routines that we forget to make time for those that mean so much. This Mother’s Day take some time out and spend it with your mum, doing something you’ll both enjoy. What about some art classes? Is there a good show on at the local theatre? Perhaps she’s like to enjoy a home cooked meal?
Your Gift Should Come From the Heart
It’s not always the expensive gifts that will be remembered. Sometimes the simplest Mother’s Day presents will mean the most. A handmade card or letter will say so much more than one you picked off the shelf. In your own words tell her how much you care about her, remind her of some memorable moments. Gather up some old photos that hold special memories, and present them to her in a personalised scrapbook.
Famous Quotes About Mothers
All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Life began with waking up, and loving my mother’s face.
God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.
Motherhood. All love begins and ends there.
Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.