Mother’s Day
A Long Tradition

Mother’s Day is just round the corner; 11th March, so don’t let it catch you out. Mums are celebrated every day in one way or another but Mother’s Day is the official day, and even if your mum says she’s not bothered, you can be sure that deep down, she is.

Where would we be without our mums? Whether we see them every day or just once in a while, they’re never far from our hearts and thoughts. They’re the most special people in our lives, always there, always constant, ready to share life’s ups and downs with happy smiles or a cup of tea and a shoulder to cry on.

Some special flowers will tickle her pink, and an added balloon or box of chocolates will go down a treat too.

You’re Never Too Old for Mother’s Day

TulipsMother’s Day flowers can be as simple or extravagant as you like. We all remember the humble bunches of Daffs from childhood along with hand made, slightly wonky greetings cards. Did mum care? Not a bit. She was delighted and thrilled with any offering, even those naughty blooms picked from her own (or the neighbour’s, but we won’t mention that) garden!

As the years pass, the floral gifts might get more sophisticated, but the message is always the same… I love you, Mum.

Even those of us who are a bit shy about showing feelings (we’re looking at you, guys) can let their deeper affections peep through on Mother’s Day. And, fellas, while we’ve got you in the spotlight, don’t forget your little children need some help buying flowers and a card for mummy. That’s your job till they’re old enough to sort it out for themselves.

Honouring Mums Across the Centuries

Mothering Sunday, as the day is traditionally called, has its roots right back in the sixteenth century when people would return to their ‘mother church’ or local cathedral.

Later, anyone in domestic service would be given time off to visit their families and go with them to the mother church. For servants, a day off was rare, and young people or children going home on this special day would gather flowers on the journey to take to the church or give to their mothers.

Pink flowersOver time, the day evolved into Mothering Sunday when everyone, regardless of religion, bought gifts to honour their mother.

It was in America, in the early part of the 20th century, that the tradition as we know it today was revived. This revival inspired a similar response here in the UK through a lady called Constance Penswick-Smith. From Nottinghamshire, she founded a movement called the Mothering Sunday Movement.

Gradually, we’ve come to simply call the day Mother’s Day, and it’s celebrated all over the world in one way or another, although not always on the same date. In the UK, it’s commonly held on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

Put the day in your diary: 6th March 2016.

Whether you go for a simple bunch of wildflowers or splash out on a professional bouquet or basket of blooms, the fact you remembered will make your mum’s day. See our Mother’s Day range here.

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