In the UK, Mothering Sunday traditionally falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent; this year it is the 6th March. The day has evolved over the years but it is thought it started with the tradition of people travelling to their ‘mother’ church (the main cathedral or church in the area) in the middle of Lent. This was a time when families were reunited as they were often spread far and wide due to children having to work away from home. By the twentieth century the day was no longer widely observed but it was revived, and somewhat re-purposed, by Constance Smith in the 1920s. The daughter of a High Church Anglican priest , she was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis in the USA who, following the death of her mother, campaigned to get a national day to commemorate and appreciate mothers and all that they do. She was successful, and in 1914 the second Sunday in May was declared to be Mother’s Day. Constance Smith brought this same sentiment to the UK, and combined it with the traditions previously observed during Lent to create Mothering Sunday. Although his has now become more of a secular holiday, and is often referred to as Mother’s Day much like its American counterpart, the message is still the same: this is a time to give thanks and appreciation to our mothers.

Showing your gratitude for all the help they have given you in life is an important part of this day, and to help you we have a lovely range of cards online and in store.

To make the card more personal, it is nice to take some time to create a special message detailing the things about your mother that you are most grateful for.

If you would also like to buy a gift for your mother, try to find something she would really like or enjoy: something she would not normally buy for herself, which feels like a real treat. This could be as simple as some luxury biscuits, or more elaborate like a piece of beautiful jewellery.