By nadinescakes2012, Feb 26 2017 12:21PM
In recent times Mothering Sunday or Mothers Day has been seen as a day that we show our gratitude to our mothers by way of a small gift. The shops are full of Mothers Day cards and flowers.
But where does this special day come from? Mothering Sunday originally meant travelling back to our mother church, the main church in the area where you were born. This would mean that your family came together for the day. Many workers, especially those that were working ‘in service’, would be given the day off to travel home. On the way they would often pick flowers from the hedgerows to take home for their mother. Mothering Sunday is always the fourth Sunday of Lent and was also known as Refreshment Sunday as the fasting restrictions of Lent were relaxed for the day. Traditionally, Simnel Cake was associated with Mothering Sunday. This is a fruitcake sandwiched with marzipan and topped with a layer of marzipan and eleven balls of marzipan that represented the eleven disciples (Judas was not included). Sugar violets were added in recognition of the hedgerow flowers that were often presented.
Mothers Day in the US is a very different day, which is celebrated, in mid May. It originated in 1908 and was created by Anna Jarvis in memory of her own mother. It became an official US holiday in 1914 and traditionally involved presenting mothers with flowers, gifts and cards.
Todays Mothers Day is an amalgamation of the two styles of Mothers Day. The majority of children give their mother a gift and a card on Mothers Day and it is often a day that the whole family get together.
Why not make your Mothers Day gift a little different from the usual bunch of flowers or box of chocolates? At Nadine’s Cakes and Celebrations you will find a variety of lovely cake gifts that will please your Mother.