IN THIS cynical age of consumerism it’s perhaps natural that Mother’s Day might be seen as just another excuse to boost shop takings.
But many prefer to believe it’s a long-held tradition that provides the opportunity to make a real effort to pay tribute to a very special person.
A mother probably plays the greatest role in anyone’s life and this special day allows us to demonstrate that we love and respect all the effort she has made over the years on our behalf.
And it might remind the cynics that it’s all too easy to get on with life thinking only of ourselves.
Ideally, all the family should be involved in Mothering Sunday, to give the day its proper title, just as they were centuries ago. A whole day of caring would then give a proper meaning to the custom – a day of mothering mother.
Mother’s Day is also associated with flowers and it will not surprise anyone that florists are as busy during this period as over Christmas.
If you are sending a bouquet, place the order several days in advance.
Last year it was estimated that more than 45 million cards were bought. And it seems this is one celebration where people much prefer sentiment and affection rather than humour.
The modern day version of Mother’s Day came from the United States more than 80 years ago when the president, Woodrow Wilson, proclaimed Mother’s Day an annual holiday as a tribute to mothers who has campaigned for years to stop the American Civil War.
As a Christian festival, Mother’s Day dates back many centuries and was traditionally held on the fourth Sunday in Lent.
Children who worked away from home would return with gifts of flowers and cakes for their mothers.
The Lenten rule of fasting was set aside on this day to allow families to celebrate with rich cakes and spiced ale.
Whatever you do on Mothering Sunday, make sure you let your mum know how much she means to you.