MUM’S THE WORD
When is Mother’s Day 2017? What gifts should we give? …. and why does the date change each year?
When it comes to the question of who is the most important woman in your life then there can be only one answer … your mum!
Mum’s should be appreciated every day of the year but there is nothing wrong with making a special effort on Mother’s Day. Whilst the greatest gift you can give her is your time, a bunch of flowers and/or something chocolatey won’t go amiss either.
Follow our handy guide for Mother’s Day 2017 and show your mother how much you care ♥
What is Mothering Sunday?
Mothering Sunday is originally a Christian celebration which is celebrated on the Sunday three weeks before Easter in the UK.
In yester years it was the time when household staff were allowed to return home to worship in their home or ‘mother’ church. On their way home, they would pick a posy of wild flowers to place in the church and/or give to their mums.
More recently it has evolved into a day to give gifts and cards to mothers as a token of appreciation and has lost some of its religious meaning.
When is Mother’s Day 2017?
Mother’s Day 2017, in the UK, is Sunday 26 March.
In the US and much of Europe Mothering Sunday will be celebrated on 14 May.
Why does the date change each year?
Mother’s Day has been celebrated in the UK since the 16th century but the date changes every year. The reason for this is its link to Easter. The date on which Easter falls is dictated by the lunar calendar and Mothering Sunday is always the 4th Sunday in Lent, the period of abstinence for 40 days before Easter
What gifts should you give on Mother’s Day?
There are no rules for Mother’s Day gifts and every family has its own traditions. As I said earlier the gift of time is the most precious you can give. If you can’t visit your mum then at least take the time to give her a call and tell her how much you care.
If children are still at home encourage them to make mum her breakfast. Even cold toast and tea will be a welcome start to her day. A posy of flowers, fresh or artificial, are a traditional gift and chocolate in any shape or form can’t go wrong.