Mothering Sunday, the Christian holiday is celebrated throughout Europe on the 4th Sunday in Lent. In recent times, it has become a significant occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents. Here at Bespoke Hotels we have a range of great ideas to mark the date, which this year falls on 30th March. Everything from special lunches, to that great British institution – Afternoon Tea. Or for those who truly wish to pamper their mum we can offer Spa packages and gift vouchers.
Mothering Sunday is increasingly being called Mother’s Day, although that holiday has other origins, and is celebrated in the same way as Mother’s Day is celebrated elsewhere.
The revival in the UK must be attributed to Constance Smith, a High Anglican who believed that “a day in praise of mothers” was fully expressed in the liturgy of the Church of England for the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is not entirely the case, but Smith, who never became a mother, reconnected simnel cakes, which may not be on every Bespoke Hotels Afternoon Tea menu, and other customs of the day that survived with the honouring of mothers. Under a pen name she published a booklet The Revival of Mothering Sunday in 1920. Things quickly snowballed, encouraged by feelings felt by many mothers of lost their sons in the First World War.
But what shall we give our mum?
Now we can not only send traditional paper cards, but ecards to our mothers as well as a wide range of gifts bought online or in the high street. Yet despite this diversification, traditions still linger and taking your mother out for lunch at a Bespoke Hotel is one that steadfastly remains. However, Mothering Sunday is approaching fast and Bespoke Hotels strongly recommend that you book to ensure your table for lunch.
Showing your mum how much she means to you by treating her to a wonderful, happy day is priceless. But there is pressure to meet expectations! to help inspire you, here are 4 tips direct from Bespoke Hotels:-
1. Breakfast in bed
Surprise your Mum with breakfast in bed and some of Bespoke Hotels chefs’ healthy suggestions:
• Breakfast smoothie
• Scrambled eggs with asparagus
• Cinnamon fruit toast
• A cheeky glass of Champagne
2. A gift from the heart
Chocolates are high in fat and calorie laden, so consider an alternative gift for your mum, such as the following:-
• Gift Baskets
• Spa Tokens
• Days Out
• Magazine Subscriptions
3. Have fun together
Plan a fun activity together that you know your mum will enjoy, such as a gentle walk in the country to enjoy the spring blooms if you’re having lunch at one of Bespoke Hotels Country Hotels. Not only will you have fun together but you’ll be keeping fit and burning off your indulgent lunch, too!
4. A Spring Break
A slap up meal out can be a lovely way of saying thank you mum. However, there are other ways that Bespoke Hotels can help:-
• Spa Breaks
• London Shopping Breaks
• Short Seasonal Breaks
• Gift Vouchers
Whatever you’re thinking of doing for your mum this Mothering Sunday, Bespoke Hotels have some great ideas and offers for you. Just have a browse around our website from the link here and you’ll be sure to find some inspiration.