Preparing For Mother's Day

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Preparing For Mother's Day

Plan ahead and make this year's Mother's Day special

Mothering Sunday is one of those days that can stir up many emotions; it can be a day of celebration or sometimes a day of sadness.  For those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to celebrate with our mums it can be a difficult time trying to fit it in around seeing your own mum, and maybe your children, who also want to see their children and so on.

One of the difficulties we are faced with is deciding what you are going to do.  Are you going to buy or make a gift, go out for the day, or go for something to eat?  There are many, many options you could consider.  If you decide to buy a gift it's good to have an idea of what you want before you go, so at least you know which shop you are heading for.  If you are buying clothes make sure you know her size beforehand.  If you are buying flowers and having them delivered think about the message you want to say in advance of ordering them.  If you are planning a day out, you may want a contingency plan in case the weather is really bad.  

Whatever you have decided to do, make sure you plan ahead and put some time in your diary for organising it.  So if you need shopping time, or time to book a restaurant, plan that time in and don't leave it until the last minute.  Making something can be a lovely, thoughtful gift and there are lots of ideas on the Internet, especially YouTube.  However, there's no point in having a wonderful idea if you don't plan time in your diary for ordering and making.

One of the nicest gifts I received was a cake made by one of my sons.  It was given to me in a lovely cake tin and it felt so special because he wasn't a baker, or cook and I knew that a lot of thought and effort had gone into it.

Another really nice Mother's Day was a few years ago when we had a mums' day where just the female members of the family went to a quaint tearoom.  It was a really special day as this is something we rarely do.  We held it on a day that was close to Mothers' Day but not actually on the day so that sons could also have some celebration time with their mums.  It also alleviated a bit of the pressure of when to fit in the time to see all the different mums.

Mothering Sunday in the UK is always held on the 4th Sunday of Lent, which is exactly three weeks before Easter.

Jane Fern