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to be cross that Mothers' Day

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Bunbaker Sun 10-Mar-13 18:44:39

Mothering Sunday is still celebrated in church BTW.

Whydobabiescry Sun 10-Mar-13 18:44:13

I'm ancient and its always been Mother's Day to me, it's on Mothering Sunday though grin

thebody Sun 10-Mar-13 18:35:22

I have wine,presents and dinner cooked! Couldn't give a Toss if its Mother's Day or Mothering Sunday! It's just good.

MerryMarigold Sun 10-Mar-13 18:32:09

YANBU if you want to go to your Mother cathedral on Mothering Sunday and not think about mothers or anything to do with mothers.

YABU if you'd like a card and breakfast in bed as that is all from our dear friends the Yanks!

Bunbaker Sun 10-Mar-13 18:28:28

"I don't think of Mothering Sunday as a particularly religious celebration -it may have started off in church but it's really got nothing to do with Christianity has it ?"

It is a Christian celebration though. It is always on the 4th Sunday in Lent. Back in the 16th century people went back to visit their mother church. In later times people in service were given the day off to visit their families. The tradition of the simnel cake is also connected to Mothering Sunday.

Mothers Day is the secular term and is most commonly used, but I still call it Mothering Sunday anyway.

The problem is that MIL lives in the north east and doesn't like cards that say "mum" because they don't say mum up there, and I can't find any that say "mam" so I generally look for one that says Happy Mothering Sunday.

ConferencePear Sun 10-Mar-13 18:18:28

I don't think of Mothering Sunday as a particularly religious celebration -it may have started off in church but it's really got nothing to do with Christianity has it ?
I just think of it as 'ours' and think of Mother's Day as American. I must have grown up in a bubble.

hortensemancini Sun 10-Mar-13 13:54:04

I think Mothering Sunday is a nice expression - it also feels more inclusive of women who might not be biological mothers but still have a 'mothering' role in a family.

noblegiraffe Sun 10-Mar-13 13:18:37

I guess there aren't any jokey mothering Sunday cards because they think that people who are celebrating a religious festival don't want joke cards.

diddl Sun 10-Mar-13 12:47:33

I'm 50 & I remember Mothering Sunday.

TheCatIsUpTheDuff Sun 10-Mar-13 12:43:45

ConferencePear, I have the same problem. My mum is not the saccharine granny-card type, but is determined to celebrate Mothering Sunday not Mother's Day. I was lucky in Morrisons this year, and got a jokey one about buying chocolate and helping her eat it, but as often as not I end up making one.

ConferencePear Sun 10-Mar-13 10:30:56

Thanks for that Parsley. I don't seem to be able to find jokey Mothering Sunday cards, they're all hearts and flowers - more like condolence cards to be honest.

ParsleyTheLioness Sun 10-Mar-13 10:28:24

My diary filofax insert says Mothering Sunday OP, if that's any comfort!

ArbitraryUsername Sun 10-Mar-13 09:36:41

If you research it, you'll discover that Mothering Sunday actually has nothing to do with mothers; it was all about visiting your mother church. Mother's Day is what happened when commercial interests got a hold of the idea in the twentieth century.

exoticfruits Sun 10-Mar-13 09:34:58

I don't think it matters. I generally get cards that say Mother's Day but I get my mother ones that say Mothering Sunday- there is plenty of choice for both.

kelda Sun 10-Mar-13 09:34:32

I've always known it to be Mothering Sunday in the UK, and Mother's Day (on a different date) abroad.

SparklyAntlersInMyDecorating Sun 10-Mar-13 09:34:25

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AryaStarksDancingMaster Sun 10-Mar-13 09:33:15

It's always been Mothering Sunday to me - in my experience "Mothering Sunday" is the religious festival celebrated in church and "Mothers Day" is the secular celebration which non-church-going-families celebrate on the same day.

SkinnybitchWannabe Sun 10-Mar-13 09:32:36

Yep Mothers Day for me and I'm 37

Buzzardbird Sun 10-Mar-13 09:31:24

Yep, always been Mother's Day and I am 47

ilovepowerhoop Sun 10-Mar-13 09:28:27

its always been Mothers Day for me too and I am 39

Sirzy Sun 10-Mar-13 09:23:05


People can choose to celebrate it how they want. The date is still set via the church calendar it's just like other holidays really whereby if people want to celebrate the religious connections they can if not its up to them.

AThingInYourLife Sun 10-Mar-13 09:21:14

It's been Mothers' Day for my entire life and I'm 37.

Maybe you should go back to the 60s and be angry then?

Yama Sun 10-Mar-13 09:20:32

I take no notice of either.

ConferencePear Sun 10-Mar-13 09:19:01

which is an American expression has taken over from Mothering Sunday.
American Mothers' Day is even on a different day.

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