Being from the UK I have been wondering what the difference between 'Mothering Sunday' and 'Mother's Day' is. I knew that Mothering Sunday was a Christian festival to do with the 4th Sunday in Lent being a time to return to your 'Mother church', most likely the local Cathedral, and also the Sunday when domestic servants would be allowed a Sunday off to visit their own mothers. Traditionally these children would collect wild flowers on their way home and present them to their mother. Presumably there was some sort of significance here too as Lent is a time of preparation and some churches choose to have no flowers during this period.
I had assumed that 'Mother's Day' was just your typical 'Hallmark' holiday, designed to strip us of our cash, but having checked Wikipedia, it started in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her own mother and then began a campaign for each family to honour their own mother hence 'Mother's Day' not 'Mothers Day' - note that apostrophe! She was already disappointed by it's commercialisation by 1920, she'd be horrified today!
Having said that we have had a lovely day! I was woken by a small boy whispering "I love you SO much" in my ears, then some lovely school made gifts, a bath with bath bombs, breakfast in the sunshine, a brisk and blowy walk at the beach (forgot my camera so no photos of the dolphins surfing with the surfers) and the most delicious chicken and leek pie made by husband and no2 boy for dinner.
Can't manage to copy it from facebook so will have to wait until they upload it to the computer, watch this space!
So I hope those of you in the southern hemisphere have had a lovely Mother's Day and that those of you in the northern hemisphere (apart from the UK) are having a lovely day! I'm remembering my Mum (I forgot the UK Mothering Sunday, hopeless daughter!) and the fact that she was here with us 3 years ago. Happy Mothering Sunday again, Mum! xxx