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Mother’s Day: Then & Now

Mother’s Day: Then & Now

As we all know, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and honour our mums – usually with soppy cards, chocolates and flowers. It’s a day when we show that number one woman in our lives just how much she means to us. But before the cards and flowers, Mothering Sunday was just a little different.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in over 40 countries and the date can change annually and geographically. This year in the UK it falls on Sunday 6th March.

Like every year, shops are filled with huge flower bouquets, chocolates, cards and mum-themed novelty gifts. If you’re looking to pamper your mum, many hotels and restaurants offer spa days, afternoon tea treats or special Mother’s Day menus.

We’re familiar with what Mother’s Day looks like now, but where does the holiday originate?

 

The History of Mother’s Day

As far back as the 16th century in the UK, Mothering Sunday was observed by Christians who attended their ‘mother church’ for a special service on the fourth Sunday during Lent. Even servants would be given a day off work to take part in the services at their mother church. After the service, attendees would spend the day with their mothers and families, often taking flowers to present as gifts at the church service or to family members.

By the 1920s, the religious elements of the day faded away and were replaced by gift-giving specific to mothers, rather than the whole family. After the commercialisation of Mother’s Day in the US in the 1950s, the day became popular worldwide as the celebration we all know and (mostly!) love today.

 

Mother’s Day at DoubleTree by Dunblane Hydro

Take your mum for some hearty, Scottish cuisine at The Kailyard by Nick Nairn and enjoy a three-course carvery featuring Scottish smoked salmon, carvery meats served with seasonal veg and a choice of decadent desserts – all for £22 per person.

Treat your mum to our exclusive pamper package, which offers a relaxing spa treatment, dinner and overnight stay with a full Scottish breakfast in the morning. You’re bound to be your mum’s favourite child if you book her this!

If you want to give your mum something special, but you can’t quite decide between a spa break and afternoon tea, let her make the decision herself by getting her some hotel gift vouchers. Vouchers come in a variety of monetary values or experiences, from beauty breaks to dining offers.

 

Earn some serious Brownie points this year by going beyond the usual card and flowers – your mum deserves it!