Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Mothering Sunday or Mothers day?

A few months later and I am still trying to get it, am I miss educated in my thinking? I am not wanting everyone to agree with me and think the same as me I just want to understand what I think and why I think it.

So lets look at the facts: Mothers day
Originated in the United States and started in about 1870 and is linked with a social activist called Julia Ward Howe. Unfortunately Howe did not manage to establish the 'holiday' enough and it petered out. It wasn't until 1908 when Anna Jarvis finally managed to cemented into the American calender. It became so popular that the president made it a public holiday and eventually it was renamed 'Hallmark holiday'. Unfortunately Jarvis began to regret what she had created when it became over commercialised. On a positive note Mothers day in the USA sees the biggest attendance to church after Christmas, biggest sales of gifts and the biggest holiday for long distance phone calls.

Mothering Sunday
When Mothering Sunday originated is unclear but it is talked about in the 16th century. The churches would hold a service on a particular Sunday between Christmas and Easter. It was seen as a weekend or day when servants could go and visit their families and spend time together. They would often do things together as a church. It was very much about togetherness not one individual.

Now don't get me wrong I love my mum and she will get a card, but what I like about the concept of Mothering Sunday is that it's about all-ages, no boundaries, it doesn't have to even be about family. No one needs to feel left out or under valued because of their status in a family.

Also mothering seems to be like a role for any person (even perhaps men) and is not dependant on whether you've physically had a baby. I have known some great people who have had mothering roles and not had their own children. Surely these people are important to recognise? Especially as they may be overlooked.

So now the day is almost upon us British again. What do you think?

My lovely mum

Facts from: Wikipedia and BBC

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