Mothering Sunday

I know this post is a little late however, here we are! I had some lovely surprises on mother’s day – I was very lucky to receive three cards two from J my son (one made at nursery and one from little E – and both had yellow hand prints in them. It was a lovely surprise.. and I wondered when my husband had time to do this and how had he managed not to create any detectable mess – wonders will never cease!! This made me think when and why did we begin to celebrate mothers day – I had never thought to question this, even though we have always celebrated this special day from a very young age.

Apparently, in the UK “Mother’s Day” was originally known as “Mothering Sunday” – the Americans introduced the former term.  For this reason, many claim that the Americans introduced the this idea of celebrating motherhood in the UK however, it appears that Constance Smith first introduced the idea in 1913, of a day to praise and recognise mothers after reading an article in a newspaper about the campaign of Anna Jarvis whose campaign initiated the celebration of mothers in the USA. It was also tradition to bake and simnel cake and give this as a gift to your mother. A simnel cake is a light fruit cake with two layers of almond paste or marzipan which is toasted and eaten on the middle Sunday of Lent which later became known as Mothering Sunday. Celebrating mothers began to grow in popularity partly fuelled by the loss that many mother’s experienced due to the First World War.

Interestingly, neither Anna or Constance ever became mothers themselves however, Anna disapproved of the commercialisation of Mother Day and the spiralling cost of items that people were encouraged to buy to demonstrate their love for the their mother. Also, it wasn’t until I married my husband and gained an American sister-in-law that I realised that Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May in the USA.

Well, after that brief history of Mothering Sunday I hope you all had a great day!

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