Mothers’ Day is such a special day, to show Mum how much she’s valued and appreciated, but have you ever wondered where Mother’s Day came from?
Mothers Day (or Mothering Sunday as it sometimes known in the UK) is celebrated all over the world, but at different times of the year and like many traditions began with a religious purpose. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, the day was originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary and with the spread of Christianity in the 16th century, celebrations increased and put Mothering Sunday firmly on the map. However by 1935 the popularity of this special day had started to decrease and was celebrated less and less until WWII.
American & Canadian troops felt a desperate need to give thanks to their Mother’s whilst away at war and the British and other European troops soon followed suit, since then Mothers’ Day has become one of the most celebrated holidays making it one of the biggest days for flowers and cards.
But what if you fancy giving something a little different, or your dear ole Mum suffers from hay fever! It is often the most thoughtful gifts that are treasured like adding a photograph of a happy memory to a sentimental frame or why not gift our gorgeous duck family, with Mum fondly admiring her two small ducklings, it is very appropriate for this time of year and will be treasured for years to come.
Or if you fancy being a little creative then traditionally Simnel Cake was given on Mothering Sunday. Simnel cakes are made of two rich fruit cakes that are sandwiched together with almond paste and decorated with eleven marzipan balls on the top representing the eleven disciples (excluding Judas). It tastes absolutely delicious and I’m sure Mum will share 🙂
Tune in next week for my favourite Simnel cake recipe and get baking! If you haven’t got time for Mothers’ Day don’t worry Simnel cake is great for Easter too:-)