Davina here - Every year Mother's Day creeps up on me and I find myself in a mad rush sorting out a gift for Elfie and I to make for my mum and Nick's mum. This year for example I only managed to find time to make my mum a present yesterday so when I went to the post office today I was charged £10 to post it to get there for tomorrow! If I'd gone yesterday it would have been half the price... argh! Because of this I thought it would be useful to compile a list of 5 last minute Mother's Day Gifts so here they are:
5 Last Minute Gift/ Gesture Ideas:
- Make your mum a Simnel Cake. This is an old Mothering Sunday tradition dating back to medieval times and now is commonly made for Easter.
- Buy you mum a bunch of violets, which are the traditional Mother's day flower. Or mix up idea 1 and 2 and decorate a simnel cake with violets.
- Present a lecture to an intimate audience of 1 (your mum) of your relationship with her through a Pecha Kucha (PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.)
- Take your mum on her first picnic of the year - dress warm, prepare her favourite hot drink and sandwiches and cake and choose a location where you can have a nice walk too.
- Giver her a voucher for a date night with you! Tell her she can choose to go anywhere she likes - maybe somewhere she doesn't get to go with her partner or friends. For example my mum loves curries but my dad really dislikes them so they never go for a curry.
What to write in your Mother's Day Card:
I always think that I should write something about how great my mum is in her Mothering Sunday card. However, when I looked up the tradition (for this post) I was surprised to find that the idea is that you thank them specifically for their support over the last year - hence celebrating it every year I guess. I really like this sentiment and the opportunity it gives me to really think over the last year and consider carefully what I'd like to thank her for.
The Tradition of Mothering Sunday:
The first Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the ancient Greek Festival dedicated to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. In England, it was in the 1600s when the phrase "Mothering Sunday" was first coined. In Christianity, Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration evolved to honour both the "Mother Church" and mothers. In the past, Mothering Sunday was a day when servants were encouraged to return home to spend some time with their mothers and families.