Mothering Sunday is the day dedicated to our lovely mums, it is a time of appreciation on all the things that she does that might otherwise go unnoticed.
We look forward to this day as a time for looking back on the good memories and by doing a few small things you can make her life a little bit easier. You may think you are required to buy an elaborate gift, but most mothers would be happy with a cuddle and cup of tea. For those whose mum is no longer around, it is an important to fondly look back and share warm memories.
Here are the answers to some questions you may have always had about the day.
When is Mother’s Day 2017?
In Britain the date of Mothering Sunday changes annually, this year it will fall on Sunday 26 March. Elsewhere the date is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. This year, in many European countries and the United States they will be celebrating the event on 14 May.
Why Does the Date of Mother’s Day Change?
In Britain, Mothering Sunday is a Christian celebration linked to Easter, therefore the date changes annually, based on the Luna Calendar. Mother’s Day usually lands three weeks prior to Easter Sunday.
What is Mothering Sunday?
Mothering Sunday is a day for appreciating our mothers and remembering all the important things that they have done for us over the years. Mother’s Day is the Americanised version of the name, which has been adopted by folks over here in the Britain.
Mothering Sunday started as a 16th century Christian festival. In those days it was an opportunity for people working in servitude to return home, with the intention of worshipping in their home town – or ‘mother church’. People who went were said to have gone ‘a mothering’; on the journey home it was traditional to pick flowers and give them to mum. This has evolved to become a day for appreciation of mothers across the world, a thoroughly secular occasion, which makes it surprising to learn of the event’s religious origins. And you thought some people complain about Christmas becoming too commercialised!
How Do Celebrities Celebrate their Mums?
Celebrities also take the opportunity to show their appreciation on the day. Here are some of our favourites from 2016:
Happy Mothers Day mom! I’m so lucky to have you as my mom. Being a mom now makes me appreciate how hard it was to raise all of us! I love finding old pics and seeing us always dressed as twins (even though I look cray with the bangs I just cut). I love you!
What Are Good Mother’s Day Gifts?
Always, always make sure you buy a Mother’s Day card first, it is one of the easiest things to forget so remember to get it early to ensure there is plenty of time to craft a loving and thoughtful message.
One gift idea we would recommend is treating her to a few key pieces to wear this Spring. You can’t go wrong with dressing your mum up from head to toe in something new. Coats and jackets always make practical gift choices and are great transition wear as the weather gets a bit warmer. Shoes are another good choice, especially if you have a good understanding of her style. Get your mother some nice footwear and help complete the look with something that will carry her through her travels in style and comfort.
Top it off with a nice scarf, one of the most versatile of all accessories. With the seasons changing and Spring taking over, a thin scarf can be worn all year and would complete any look from dining at a fancy restaurant, in the office or long walks in the park. If you’re not too sure about her style, you can buy her favourite perfume or take her out for the day and let her pick out the things she likes, then finish it off with a nice meal at the end.
It’s no secret that brightly coloured flowers can instantly lift someone’s mood and there’s nothing better than buying her a bouquet of flowers and chocolate to express your love and appreciation. They can brighten the room up and add a colour to the surroundings.
You can always try something nice and sentimental that will allow you to show your love by putting in a big effort for the day. Like these brothers who recreated their baby pictures as adults to give to their mum a humorous surprise.
You don’t have to go through quite as much effort but a nice photo album certainly wouldn’t go amiss. Fill it up with cherished memories and flick through it with the family. Always label the photos with people, years and places, you’ll thank yourself in a few years when you forget who’s who.
How Can I Help My Mum Have a Good Mother’s Day?
Just being a generally helpful human being on Mothering Sunday is enough to give your mother a pleasant day. There are always chores that need to be tackled around the home and it would be great assistance if you made sure that your mother didn’t have to worry about these mundane tasks on her special day.
You can cook the dinner, clean the house or vacuum; volunteering to do these small tasks can have a big impact. She can relax and spend the day doing whatever makes her happiest and that’s the magic of Mother’s Day. A rare day off is something which is always appreciated.
There’s always starting the day with breakfast in bed, which is one of our favourite ways to wake up. Who doesn’t love waking up late and immediately being greeted with a tray full of delicious food to consume and leave the washing up to the rest of the family? Sadly we can’t wake up like this every day, but giving your mum this pampered start to her day will immediately put her in a good mood.
Best Quotes for Mother’s Day
Make a note of these inspiring Mother’s Day quotes to make you appreciate all she has done for you. You can write it in a card or read these to her for extra brownie points:
‘A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.’ —Tenneva Jordan
‘Mothers, I believe, intoxicate us. We idolise them and take them for granted. We hate them and blame them and exalt them more thoroughly than anyone else in our lives. We sift through the evidence of their love, reassure ourselves of their affection and its biological genesis. We can steal and lie and leave and they will love us.’ ―Megan Mayhew Bergman, Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories
‘The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.’ – Theodore Hesburgh
‘A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.’ —Diana, Princess of Wales