Mother’s Day: Beautiful Gifts and a Brief History
Until sitting down to write today, I didn’t realise that Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday were, in fact, two different holidays. The former belongs to our American cousins, and has a rather lovely story behind it. Only officially established in 1914 – and held later in the year than our own celebration, Mother’s Day was created by a lady named Anna Jarvis. Her own mother Ann, was by all accounts an amazingly compassionate and brilliant women. In the 1850s she founded a series of ‘Mothers’ Day Work Clubs’, to tackle living conditions in nearby towns, and to provide support for local mothers. At the end of the American Civil War, and with tensions rife, Ann also set up a ‘Mothers Friendship Day’ for soldiers from both sides and their families to reconcile past hurts. Two years after Ann’s death, Anna embarked upon a campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognised holiday, in honour of her own mum, and to encourage every family in every home to think about their own.
By contrast, our own Mothering Sunday goes back much, much further – to the 16th Century – and has its roots in religion, when on the fourth Sunday in Lent, church-goers would visit their ‘Mother’ church. Later, it became the day when domestic servants were allowed one day off to visit their church and gather with family – and this eventually mingled with the traditions of Mother’s Day over the pond to evolve into the celebration that most of us now know today.
I love this time of year. Held in March, when Spring has arrived, Mother’s Day has always been reminiscent of the scent of daffodils, gentle sunshine and the soft spice of a Simnel Cake. A time for mums to be treated to breakfast in bed, given hand-made cards and taken out to tea. It’s the littlest things that make a difference on Mother’s Day. That no matter where children are, be they in the same house or on the other side of the world, sons and daughters will visit, phone, Skype or write simply to say, ‘Hello. I love you. Thank you for being my mum.’
One of the joys of running Equinox are the stories we hear from our customers. Creating such personal jewellery means it’s wonderful to find out about the people behind the piece. The silver charm for the Grannie who lives many miles away and has only met her granddaughter once –the new father of twins, looking to make his wife’s first Mothers Day gift extra special with a silver pendant. Beautiful, truthful gifts that mean something – and that we feel honoured to create for our customers.
So, we have a while until this Mother’s Day (Sunday 30th March, just in case you’ve mislaid the diary!). Have you got any plans so far? Whatever they may be – and no matter how near or far you are – we hope that your day will be full of happiness, laughter, love and appreciation.