Mothering Sunday was originally a Christian festival where people returned to the churches in which they were baptised as children – their ‘Mother’ church, bringing families and loved ones together. In time, servants in large house were given the day off as a holiday and would use this special time to visit their mothers and take home a gift.
However, Mother’s Day is not the same the world over. For example, in the United States it is an annual holiday on the second Sunday in May and was first celebrated in 1908.
Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday and is determined by the lunar calendar. It occurs on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter and is usually towards the end of March or beginning of April. Have a look below to see when we’ll be celebrating with mum over the next few years.
On Mothering Sunday children would pick flowers on their way to church to give to their mother. Mothering Sunday was also a time for families to come together and children who had moved away would come home and the day became a time to celebrate together and bring gifts. This tradition has continued with children creating handmade gifts and cards to give to their mum on Mother’s Day – greetings cards became particularly popular when it became difficult to return home and children wanted to send their love from afar.
Today there is so much choice for a Mother’s Day gift, yet chocolate and flowers have always remained a firm favourite.
Here at Thorntons we’ve been crafting delicious chocolates for over a century, and we’re sure that mum has her favourites! Maybe a box of our much-loved Continental or delicious Classic chocolates is the ideal gift or perhaps you want to give her something a little extra and really spoil her. Our fabulous hampers are full of delicious Thorntons treats and can be delivered direct to her door… perfect for showing her just how much she means to you.
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