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Cynthia Report 6 Mar 2013 08:45

Hi Hayley,

It has always been traditionally known as Mothering Sunday - Mother's Day is just the commercialised name for the day over here.

There's loads of info on the history of it if you google but, basically, it is a religious festival and always falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Day.

Sylvia gave a good explanation of things - celebrating mothers and Mother Church (the church where you were baptised or attend).

Mother's Day in the States was started in the early 1900's by a woman (whose name escapes me now), who started a campaign to have a day which recognised the importance of mothers. Being a persistent woman, the Senate

As for Simnel cake - whilst I've always known about them - I'm not sure I've ever tasted it. I'll have to look out for a little one 'cos I'm the only one who likes marzipan in our house :-(

I quite agree with you Hayley, mothers are special EVERY day of the year not just on that particular day :-)


GinaS Report 6 Mar 2013 08:31

Yes I remember Simnel Cake - it was popular where I lived in Lancashire.

I love Mothers Day - it was a chance to acknowledge and spoil mum. As children we always bought her a posy of violets. We saved our pennies a few weeks ahead. Years later where she lived it was celebrated in May and we kept up the tradition of a small posy of flowers.
My children fuss over me and bring some flowers, they enjoy doing this and the amount of money spent is minimal. I would not have the heart to say no let it go.
Most things are commercialised, Christmas, Easter, Birthday, Anniversaries etc., it is up to us not to get sucked in and deal with events according to our means.

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 6 Mar 2013 08:26

Never heard of the cake and my mum is a Lancs lass, bet she'll know :-D

Exactly with my gist Sylvia, when I was little Mothers day was when I saved me pennys and brought her an orament cheap and tacky but you know she still has everyone we ever brought her and wouldnt part with them for gold, we would cook the dinner and tried to make sure she sat with her feet up. But as you say now adays its about the presents and I said I dont want my children spending their money on me, I dont really want them to do my housework either as I would only have to go it again afterwards :-D and plus the fact they are now all adults and like me work very hard through the week.. Like you and many others I know I am their mother everyother day of the year, I have the grey hairs ( swiftly removed) and the scars to prove it ;-)

Gowd I sound such a grump ungrateful mare lolol :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Mar 2013 01:30

I also read somewhere that Simnel Cake was particularly common in Lancashire ................. no idea why!


Allan Report 6 Mar 2013 01:18


I didn't remember any marzipan in the centre of the cake, but you are quite correct.

On googling it, there is a disc of marzipan place in the centre


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Mar 2013 01:12

Allan .............

That's right ........

................. and there is also supposed to be 11 "blobs" of marzipan or almond paste spaced equally around the top.

If I remember correctly (it's many many years since I've seen one :-D ), each blob is supposed to represent one of the Apostles ................. with Judas missing.

I've also a vague memory that sometimes there was a layer of marzipan or almond paste in the middle


Allan Report 6 Mar 2013 00:56

I remember my mother making Simnel cakes. If I'm not getting my cakes mixed up, it was a rich fruit cake with a marzipan, or almond paste top which was somehow toasted to make it look scorched


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Mar 2013 00:37


yes, it did ................ and that's when you are supposed to eat Simnel Cake


SylviaInCanada Report 6 Mar 2013 00:32


NOPE ...........

....... it's just to make people feel guilty because they can't afford such gifts.

Another of the "overflows" from the US ................ only we are closer, geographically, to them than you are.

I hate the way that so many things increase in price for the 2 weeks before Mother's Day, or any other holiday for that matter!

We buy flowers every week, except for the 2-3 weeks before holidays .................... they can triple in price!


Allan Report 5 Mar 2013 23:59

Didn't Mothering Sunday also used to be called Simnel Sunday many years ago?

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 5 Mar 2013 23:24

As far back as I can remember its been known as Mothers day as you say probably since became so commerical, Canada must be dead rich then Sylvia coz they advertise CD's here loads of songs from the 50's 60's 70's that you probably have anyway. :-D


ChrisofWessex Report 5 Mar 2013 22:11

When did it change from Mothering Sunday to Mother's Day. Was it when it became so commercial?


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Mar 2013 22:04

is there still a special service in the churches, though??

here it is purely commercial ..................

all the ads are for diamond rings, pendants, etc

just as on Father's Day in June, one is exhorted to buy a Porsche or BMW for your father :-D

Hayley   Empress of Drama

Hayley Empress of Drama Report 5 Mar 2013 22:01

we call it Mothers day here Sylvia :-D


SylviaInCanada Report 5 Mar 2013 21:57

We don't have Mothering Sunday over here ............. not even in the churches :-)

We have Mother's Day on the 2nd Sunday in May ........ that's May 12 this year.

My daughter never used to give me more than a card when she lived at home (after the home-made gift time was over).

Now that she is at the other side of the country, over 5,000 km away, I do occasionally also get a little gift that she has bought .................... usually an artisan crafted piece of jewellery or a small piece of pottery.

I wish she wouldn't ................ but I think it is part of her M-i-L expects a gift, and she wants to treat us both the same.


AnninGlos Report 5 Mar 2013 17:43

I remember that. brave of her to try again Lol!!

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 5 Mar 2013 17:37

Hello Ann, yes it is last year her card went to the Caymen Islands instead of the Canaries.


AnninGlos Report 5 Mar 2013 17:35

Nice that it actually arrived isn't it Wendy? :-D

Tenerife Sun

Tenerife Sun Report 5 Mar 2013 17:33

Prezzie from daughter number 2 has just arrived in the post. No longer is it a surprise when I open it on the day as the post office now has a declaration sticker on the outsiof the padded envelope stating the contents and the value. So although it is all nicely wrapped in pink tissue I know that inside there are books. Always a welcome present for me.


Mersey Report 4 Mar 2013 21:00

<3 <3 Wend <3 <3