Let's celebrate Mother's Day

Date Added: 12/03/2021



Mother's Day, or Mothering Sunday, is celebrated to honour the women in our lives who shower us with love, teach us valuable lessons and strengthen us. A dedicated day to show love, gratitude and appreciation to those special ladies through acts of kindness and usually the giving of gifts, cards and flowers. The original meaning of Mothering Sunday and Mother's Day has been somewhat lost throughout the years but it's still a day to solely appreciate mum.

 

Here in the UK, Mothering Sunday has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent since the 16th century. The date does vary in other parts of the world. Many countries follow the US and celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, whilst other countries celebrate on International Women's Day which is March 8th.

 

The History

 

Like many traditions and festivities, Mothering Sunday began with a religious purpose. Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. Such celebrations required people to visit their 'mother' church, the main church or cathedral in a family's area. It was believed to be essential for people to return to their home 'mother' church to make it a true family honoured occasion. The gatherings reunited families and gave children who worked as domestic servants, away from home, the opportunity to have the day off to join their family and see their mother.

 

Despite its long existence in British culture, Mothering Sunday eventually fell out of fashion at the dawn of the 20th Century. Constance Penswick-Smith, the daughter of a vicar, thought the loss of Mothering Sunday was a great shame, and worked hard to rekindle interest. The fading festival was restored to the culture of the country, only with much more of a focus on celebrating motherhood. Today, lots of us know it by the adopted American term ‘Mother’s Day’ – although those true to tradition prefer Mothering Sunday.

 

Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day, is now a permanent event on our UK calendar.

 

2021 – Celebrating in Lockdown

 

Sadly, Restaurants, Pubs and non-essential shops will still be shut, indoor socialising will still be banned and people will still be advised to 'stay at home' in all but exceptional circumstances. However, with the small change to the outdoor exercise rules, that came into effect on March 8th, you will be allowed to meet one-to-one to socialise outdoors in public places, maybe you could enjoy a picnic, albeit with a warm blanket to keep you toasty, or maybe a walk in the woods or a warming hot chocolate on a park bench. Keeping it simple can be incredibly special.

 

 

Breakfast in Bed - If you can; start the day off by offering Mum breakfast in bed. Why not even leave a sweet note on the food tray to tell your Mum that you love and appreciate her.

Give Mum the Day off - For some Mums, this could quite possibly be the best gift of all. Do the washing, hoovering, cleaning cooking and encourage everyone to pitch in to allow your Mum to sit back and relax for that well-deserved break.

Quality Time - Set aside all other plans and treat your Mum as queen for the day, even if this must be done remotely this year. A phone call, a video chat, a cuppa via zoom, we have all certainly had plenty of practice over the past 12 months to make this work perfectly for this special day.

 

If you have the skills (or maybe with a little help from mum herself!) then Mothering Sunday Roast Dinner is our favourite suggestion as we get to pile our plates full of delicious seasonal vegetables. If you can’t all be together under one roof, then maybe plan to cook and all sit down at the same time to enjoy a virtual dinner date.

 

 

Cauliflower harvesting has returned to Lincolnshire this month so what better accompaniment to a Sunday Roast than delicious locally grown Cauliflower smothered in mature Cheddar. We have a simple, and very tasty, recipe for this fabulous traditional British dish, so give it a go and we guarantee mum will be very happy on her special day.

Click on this link to view our delicious cheesey recipe ~  Cauliflower Cheese

 

 

Mother's Day 2021, for most, will feel very different. So, let those ladies know you are thinking of them on this special day and every day. We wish you all a wonderful Mothering Sunday.

 

Happy Mother's Day







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