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A Mother’s Day Gift: Guest Post From Mum

April 3, 2011



This is a guest post from my very own Mother. She has chosen to share the history of mother’s day, or Mothering Sunday as she seems to prefer. This is her to the left, which was taken only a few moments ago, while washing up. I’m led to believe this is one of her favourite activities, amongst others. Another is to ‘play’ Eggheads when it’s on TV, and challenge me to play against her. Very rarely can she match my superior guessing skills. Happy Mother’s Day!




The History of Mothering Sunday
Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.
Nowadays it has become a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers –  or in Tom’s case the opportunity to write this post for One Chicken Nugget! Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Although it’s often called Mothers’ Day (something which always irritated my own Mum) it has no connection with the American festival of that name

A Foodie Festival

Simnel Cake

Image by Nick

Mothering Sunday was also known as Refreshment Sunday because the fasting rules for Lent were relaxed that day. The food item specially associated with Mothering Sunday is the Simnel cake.
A Simnel cake is a fruit cake with two layers of almond paste, one on top and one in the middle. The cake is made with 11 balls of marzipan icing on top representing the 11 disciples. (Judas is not included.)   This is nowadays thought of as an Easter cake.


Whatever the history is of Mothering Sunday the only thing that sets it aside from any other Sunday in our home is  that I receive 3 slightly amusing cards!

Tom’s food is tagged

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