Five Fun Facts About Mother's Day

They gave birth to us, they raised us and before long they couldn’t wait to pack us off. Now it’s their turn to receive a little love and attention. Are you planning a great gift, a sweet surprise? Here are some quirky Mother’s Day facts to get you thinking:

Tea and waffles

Image by Tobias von der Haar, used under the Creative Commons license.

Mother’s Day is heaven for retailers;
You might be shocked to learn how much people spent on darling mummy.  The American National Retail Federation estimated that U.S. consumers spent nearly $20 billion (that’s just under 13 million pounds) celebrating Mother's Day in 2014

Mother’s day and Mothering Sunday are not the same;
Although celebrated in the same way as Mother’s day is elsewhere, Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday that has been celebrated in the UK since the early 16th century.  It falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent and is also known as Refreshment Sunday and Pudding Pie Sunday. Mother’s Day, however, is a modern American holiday dreamt up by a lady called Anna Jarvis in 1908 as a memorial to her deceased mother. She later campaigned for an annual day of tribute to mothers everywhere and thus Mother’s day was born.

Cards and Flowers say I Love You;
141 million Mother's Day cards are exchanged annually in the U.S and here in the UK, sales of cut flowers increase by an average of 40% around Mother’s Day, making it a very busy period for florists.
Mothers Prefer August;
Did you know that August is the most popular month in which to have a baby?

The Best Way to The Heart is Through The Stomach;

Buying an expensive gift for Mum isn’t always the best plan of action.  She probably doesn’t want you to spend your money on her but what she definitely does want is a bit of your time. Why not spoil her with a homemade breakfast?  Think French toast with bacon and maple syrup, a full English or eggs benedict.
If she’s not a breakfast kind of lady (or she’s a vegetarian) give her a box of homemade cakes or chocolates. If you can’t cook there are plenty of other things that you can do for free.  You could make her a special card or paint her a picture, take her for a walk or go out dancing together. Mum’s love dancing!

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