Did you know Mothering Sunday is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or early April. But, this year it is quite early and falls on the 6th of March.
It has been such a joy receiving orders for Mother’s Day cards and Pictures and it got me thinking of where it all originated from but I have to say when I looked into it I felt quite confused with the story…here it is…in simple terms – For centuries it was custom for people to return home to their ‘mother’ church on Laetare Sunday (the middle of Lent). Those who did so were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’.
The day often turned into a family reunion and a chance for children working away from home, who were often domestic servants, to spend time with their mothers. It wasn’t an official day until American social activist Anna Jarvis (1864-1948)campaigned for it to be so. However, in the meantime, A vicar’s daughter from Britain called Constance Smith was inspired by Anna Jarvis’ campaign and began to push for the day to be officially marked in England.
Being a mother of three young men it does make the day very special when I’m taken out and smothered with flowers…its also a pretty good reminder for them how hard mums work also…don’t you think?
I would just like to say to all the Mothers out there – Have a lovely Mothering Sunday! x