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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This year Mother’s Day is celebrated on Sunday 30th March, but did you know the history behind the tradition?

Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent (the 40 days of fasting preceding Easter Sunday).  Early Christians initially used the day to honour the church in which they were baptized, which was known as their “Mother Church.” This place of worship would be decorated with jewels, flowers and other offerings.

In the 1600's a decree in England broadened the celebration to include real Mothers, referring to the day as Mothering Day.  Mothering Day became an especially compassionate holiday toward the working classes of England. During this Lenten Sunday, young girls and boys in service were allowed to travel back to their towns of origin to visit their families.  Mothering Day also provided a one-day reprieve from the fasting and penance of Lent so that families across England could enjoy a family feast.  Mothers were the guest of honour and were presented with cakes and flowers, as well as a visit from their beloved and distant children.

So, what will you be doing for Mother’s Day this year?  If you are stuck for gift ideas we have a range of tempting offerings … Trollbeads have launched 3 beautiful beads in honour of Mother's Day, Daylight Bead, Caring Light and the beautiful Limited Edition Lavender Facet,  or maybe something from the fabulous new 2014 spring/summer collection from Ti Sento, the choice is yours.  For not a lot more expense than chocolates and flowers, the gift of jewellery is a lasting memory to treasure for any mother.