You can help to make Mother's Day special this year, by having a gift of the latest jewellery designs coming from Orkney jewellers. This is certainly your chance to say thank you very much to your mum, stepmum or grandma for being so wonderful. And don't stress and panic about needing to track down the funds for expensive jewellery. They are fully aware how amazing mums are, so a large number of jewelry stores happen to be promoting 15% off virtually all jewelry items right up until 9am on Monday 19th March, so start treating your mum to the latest jewellery designs.
Mother's Day, which is referred to as Mothering Sunday in the UK, falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent, which is March 18th this current year. It might have came from from the 16th century Christian custom of visiting one's mother church annually on Laetere Sunday, which meant that a good number of mothers might be reunited with their children for the entire day as their offspring would often be doing work away from home and only came back to the mother church or cathedral for this special occasion. An alternative possibility is that the celebration may have been adopted from a Roman Spring festival commemorating Cybele, their Mother Goddess. Then the Christian Church, which usually implemented numerous pagan calendar festivals, may have modified it for its own objectives.
Young apprentices and young women in service were released by their particular masters or mistresses that particular weekend. Men and women who went to their mother church would say that they had gone "a mothering." Those in service were basically granted one day to visit their family each calendar year. It was quite often on Mothering Sunday.
For some servants in olden times this might be a considerable trip since their mother could have lived a long way away, possibly another town completely from the Manor where they were put in to service. Usually the housekeeper or cook would allow the maids to bake a cake for taking home for their mother. Occasionally a gift of eggs; or flowers out of the garden (or hothouse) was permitted.
Probably the most preferred cake appeared in later times - as it still is in certain households - the simnel cake, a fruit cake. A flat covering of marzipan (sugar almond paste) is put on top of and embellished with 11 marzipan balls representing the 12 apostles without Judas, who betrayed Christ.
A Flowerland bangle or earrings would make an ideal floral gift among the latest jewellery designs. This charming collection is influenced by lazy days amongst the rose-beds. Flowerland is bursting with plants and butterflies boasting a 9 carat yellow gold butterfly.
As the days of service in great houses diminished in the early 20th century Mothering Sunday was significantly less widely celebrated. Although during World War Two American troopers brought the Mother's Day festivities into the UK when it was combined with the Mothering Sunday traditions. By the 1950s Mother's Day had become popular in the whole of the UK and gifts were bought, just like the latest jewellery designs, though maybe not expensive jewellery in most cases. A few Mothering Sunday traditions were revived, just like the convention of consuming cake on that day.
Mothering Sunday can fall at the earliest on 1 March (in years when Easter Day falls on 22 March) as well as at the latest on 4 April (when Easter Day falls on 25 April). It's also been often known as Refreshment Sunday, Pudding Pie Sunday (in Surrey, England) or Mid-Lent Sunday. It was a day in Lent when the fasting requirements were relaxed.
In these days it is a day when youngsters give presents, flowers, and home-made cards for their mothers. You can repeat this at all ages, naturally. Mums basically look forward to the day to be marked with gifts and in many cases a lunch or dinner out in a restaurant.
No need to spend a fortune if you shop around, many Orkney jewellers are offering special promotions if you choose to give a necklace, brooch, earrings, bangle or any of the latest jewellery designs. This could keep your fees down because you can certainly still give relatively expensive jewellery and yet not spend lots of cash.