I had always assumed that the idea of this particular day is to make your mother feel good.
What then should I make of an Interflora ad which has a picture of a young woman (far too young to have children of an age to have left home and need to send her flowers, I would have said) being delighted over a large bunch being delivered to her, and a voiceover which starts “When you really want to make an impression…”
Is that what people are trying to do when they give someone a present? make an impression? How sad.
I thought Mothering Sunday and Mothers Day were different: one for the churching of women or some such, and the other for servant girls to have a day off to visit their mothers because they would be busy in the Big House over Easter…
Or rather, that Mothering Sunday was a church thing and about the Mother Church, and Mother’s Day was a modern “let’s all say “aaah” for Mother” celebration from America.
Mothering Sunday here, complete with Simnel Cake too , which has been the tradition of late, although there was a celebratory Sunday half way through Lent, when the fasting rules were relaxed, which wasn’t Mothering Sunday
Naturally. How boring it would be if we all liked the same things; not to mention that there would never be any occasion to utter my mother’s happy cry when one of her children expressed a dislike: “All the more for us!”
I am with you about marzipan, mind.
Is the celebration when the rules are relaxed St Patrick’s Day, by any chance?
Mothering Sunday in the West used to be 3rd Sunday ((Refreshment Sunday) until Rome started tinkering with its Meccano. Go home, visit mother church for Confession and Communion, priests allowed to wear rose vestments instead of violet, etc, etc. Give prezzie to Mumsy, family meal, collect simnel cake, return to place of service where had to remain over the Easter w/e.
In the East, there are degrees of fasting according to the day (and, frankly, the person) but a full-blown fast usually means beans and other pulses. (In monasteries, nothing is eaten on Great Friday.) However, there is never a prohibition of shellfish or other non- scaly fish, e.g. squid. This is because such foodstuffs are not Kosher and were left out of fasting rules after the Apostles abolished the Kosher rules. So in theory we Orthodox can eat lobster in Great Lent. In practice, the principle of Economy applies, that is what is any rule or custom intended to achieve? Literalism is not an Orthodox way.
I’ve tried that, dahlink. Plays merry hell with the highlights. A scorched ring (now just shuttup, you know who you are without me having to mention you by name. Or have we all been wasting our time?) is seldom a good look. And a bright downlight can be cruel. Gxx
I find the glow from the cinders on me tail generally suffices these days. Although there is a bluddy grate shadow cast on the ceiling, now why could that be?