Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

In Gibraltar, we celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day as in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditionally known as Mothering Sunday, this day began with a religious purpose. Originally a day to honour and show gratitude to the Virgin Mary. The celebrations consisted of people visiting their ‘mother’ church, otherwise known as the church where they received the sacrament of baptism or the main church in the area, most often the nearest Cathedral. This year Mother’s Day will be celebrated on the 19th March 2023, however, it’s celebrated on different days all over the world. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. In the USA for example, Mother’s Day is on the second Sunday in May, as proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, who marked the day as a result of a campaign run by Anna Jarvis (1864-1948). Jarvis was an American activist who founded Mother’s Day to honour her mother as well as all mothers. Having said that, even though Jarvis is considered the founder, a large push for Mother’s Day celebrations took place in 1872 when writer Julia Ward organised a rally in honour of mothers who had lost children in the American Civil War. In Spain, our neighbouring country, Mother’s Day (El Dia De La Madre) is celebrated on the first Sunday in May, chosen for religious reasons as May is the month of the Virgin Mary.  MOTHER’S DAY TODAY Despite its origins, whether religious or not, Mother’s Day has become a commercialised event. Long gone are the days of visiting the ‘mother’ church. Nowadays it’s more about treating our mothers to days out, lunch at their favourite restaurant, a spa day, personalized gifts, and let’s not forget the ever-popular greeting cards. (According to statistics, around 30 million cards get sent each year.) Personally, I can’t help but feel like this day, which in essence is all about showing appreciation to the women who gave us life, or in some cases didn’t but still raised us, has become a competition of sorts. And social media is to blame. It seems as if everyone is competing to prove who has the best mum or who can perform the grandest most expensive gestures. From messages on social media (most of which will never be read by their mothers seeing as they don’t have social media) to photos of expensive restaurants or over-the-top gifts. INEXPENSIVE WAYS TO CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY Let’s explore some inexpensive ways to celebrate with our mums, biological or not  (or wives if you are a daddy searching for ideas) PERSONALIZED GIFTS 1. Handwritten Letter This is such a special gift for any mum and a great memory keepsake. Instead of posting on social media, write a letter to your mum. It carries more of a personal touch than posting it on Facebook. Let your mum know how very special she is to you and what a difference she makes in your life.  I myself have a few scraps of paper stored away in a box, doodles from when my kids were little, and they are the best kind of treasures. 2. Make A Scrapbook A scrapbook full of photos of the kids and grandkids will most probably (high probability) bring a tear to any mum. It is such a personal gift and one to be treasured throughout the years. 3. An Appreciation Jar I love this idea. Get the kids to decorate a plain glass jar and then get them to write little notes of happy memories with mum or things they love about their mum. It will surely put a smile on Mum’s face. 4. A Memory Jar Similar to the appreciation jar, this one caters for the older mum with grown-up kids. Grab some post-its and write down all those memories and funny anecdotes with Mum. You will be surprised how quickly that jar fills up.  5. Handmade Card I can guarantee you that there isn’t a mum out there who hasn’t got a folder or a drawer full of handmade cards. I know I do. They are my all-time favourite. Get the kids involved. Hasn’t got to be complicated or a piece of art…(although Mum will definitely see it as a masterpiece) 6. A Mum Photo Frame There are a plethora of personalized photo frames available and at very reasonable prices too. Complete the gift by including a photo of mum and kids or just the kids. START A MOTHER’S DAY TRADITION 1. A Day Of Rest I mean, find me a mum who doesn’t want a day of total, and by total, I mean total rest. Mothers do so much, the list is endless.  Treat your mum (or wife) to a day where she doesn’t lift a finger.  No cooking, no ironing, not even the simple task of making the bed. She will be forever grateful.  3. Flowers And Chocolates Without breaking the bank, you can still buy her a gift, or in this case two. Flowers are the perfect traditional gift (unless she is allergic to them like I am) and you can’t go wrong with the chocolates, the perfect sweet gift.   This year I asked my husband to buy me a box of Lilly O’Brien Chocolate Desserts. OMG, they are to die for.  4. Breakfast In Bed Breakfast in bed relays a message – ‘Mum thank you for all that you do, today we have you covered’ It hasn’t got to be a complex breakfast. No need to make it to french cuisine standards. Something as simple as toast, fruit, and a cuppa tea or coffee. Present it nicely on a tray and allow her to enjoy it in peace and quiet.  Now if you want to go

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