What are our staff giving for Mother's Day?
31st March 2011 - Chrissie Foyle
Have you ever wondered why we dedicate a day to our mothers? The history of Mother's Day can be traced back as far as ancient Greek and Roman times, to the annual spring celebrations of Rhea, the Greek mother of the gods and Cybele, the Roman mother goddess. Commemorations would take place on the Ides of March and are believed to have begun some 250 years before Christ was born.
It is supposed that this ancient concept sparked the birth of a Christian holiday in England during the 1600s that devoted a day to honour Mary, the mother of Christ. This later developed into Mothering Sunday, a tribute to all mothers, and is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent.
Even if its origins are uncertain, Mother's Day is the perfect opportunity to give something back to your mother. Take a look at how the Foyles staff will be treating their mothers this Sunday.
"I'm buying 'The Land of Painted Caves' by Jean Auel. Why? Great timing for Mother's Day as this comes out on March 29th and is the last in a series of books that my Mum started reading in 1980 and then passed on to her two daughters when we were old enough. It is a book about a very strong woman so quite appropriate both for the day and my family".
"I will be getting my mum a Medlar - an archaic fruit tree."
"I'm just sending my Mum a card and flowers, but my son is sending me on a Triathlon Training Day (possibly so I'm out of the way for the whole day and won't expect pampering!)."
"I'm giving the 'Hairy Bikers 2: Mum Still Knows Best' Cookbook because my Mum said even though she vowed never to buy another cookery book (too many) she is obsessed with the Hairy Bikers TV programme!"
"I'll be sending my mum an orchid as she has an unusual obsession with them and loves decorating her house".
"I'm giving my mum a book of photographs by Frédéric Chaubin, 'CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions'. Why? Because my mother is fascinated by all things Russian."
Finally although we all try to plan ahead for our Mums, we must admit that some of us are not always so organised...
"In all honesty, family tradition has it that I'm normally up at around 9 on that day in time to run down to the local newsagents, hoping they haven't sold out of Mother's Day cards and usually end up buying the cheesiest one there because all others have been sold".
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For the full list of what the Foyles staff are buying their Mums, see our Mother's Day titles below: