When you treat your mother this Mother’s Day you will be continuing a tradition that dates back over 400 years. In the 16th century, families, who normally visited their local village church, were expected to go to their original home, or mother church, on the 4th Sunday before Lent. As one of the few days when people would see their mothers, it soon became a day to celebrate that special relationship. In Victorian times young people in service were given this day off to go and visit their mothers, often gathering posies along the way, or baking breads and cakes to take with them.
In the 21st century, Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is more traditionally known in the UK, is still the day to make your mother feel special, and there are certainly lots of ways to do this, from making a simple homemade Mother’s Day card to booking a luxury day away.
Continuing the traditions of old, flowers are still a favourite way of saying thank you to your mum on Mother’s Day, and with spring bursting forth, there couldn’t be a better choice. Or you may choose to bake a special cake for Mother’s Day. The gently spiced Simnel cake we now associate with Easter was originally a Mother’s Day cake, but you could bake any cake you know your mum loves.
or many of us, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to shower our mums with special Mother’s Day presents, whether a lovely piece of jewellery, a sentimental cushion or mug, a treasured ornament or a pretty frame with a much-loved photograph in it.
Mother’s Day Pampering
But Mother’s Day isn’t just about giving Mother’s Day presents, it’s about giving love and time, too.
Why not give your mum the best start to her day by bringing her breakfast in bed, maybe setting the tray with a special Mother’s Day mug, and getting her favourite paper or magazine to read?
Give your mum a day off from the kitchen and reward her for all the food she has cooked you over the years by making her a special Mother’s Day meal, surrounded by the ones she loves.
Another great Mother’s Day gift is to give your mum one of the many pampering days on offer – a trip to a luxury spa or health club, with lots of yummy treatments and massages thrown in.
Mother’s Day Activities
Mother’s Day is definitely a day to spend time with your mum and your family, so one of the best ways to celebrate it is by doing something you all love together. This may be an indulgent shopping trip, followed by lunch at a favourite restaurant, a visit to an art gallery or museum or a long, bracing walk in the woods or along the beach; or it may be something more adventurous like sailing in the Solent, climbing the peaks of the Lake District or even abseiling down a rock face.
These are just a few of the ways to treat your mum on Mother’s Day, but why not let us know some of your great Mother’s Day ideas? Or maybe you know of an age-old Mother’s Day custom we would all like to hear about?