Father’s and Mother’s Day are dedicated to all Mums and Dads as days to recognise and be grateful for the efforts made by fathers and mothers to raise children and to acknowledge the many sacrifices they make to ensure their children’s well-being.
The origins of Mothering Sunday, as it’s traditionally called, come from the Christian faith. Children who had gone away from home to work elsewhere were given a day a year to go home to worship in their ‘mother church’ as well as see their family. Children would pick flowers on the way home to take to church and to their mother. Father’s Day was later created to acknowledge their role in raising children.
Our mum and dad love us regardless of what presents they receive. However, it is good to put some thought and effort into what you are going to give as a gift. The traditional gift to give on Mother’s Day is flowers. The red carnation is the official flower to mark Mother’s Day and a red or white rose for Father’s day, but you can choose any flowers. You may choose cut flowers or a bouquet or a potted plant if they have a yard. Consider an everlasting flower ornament in cut glass, precious metal or ceramic that can be displayed at home as a reminder of your love for them.
The simplest and most popular gifts for Father’s and Mother’s Day are personalised cards. Create your own picture or photograph to place on the card and write a personal message in your own handwriting, to let your parent know how much they mean to you. Tell them you are proud to call them mum and dad.
Whilst it’s easy to pick a Father’s or Mother’s Day gift from the shop’s special aisle for the day, your parent may not want another perfume or aftershave. Consider a gift that you know they will enjoy and be happy to receive.
A treasured gift to give your mum and dad is your time. Spend time with your mum or dad doing things you know they will appreciate. Take your mum to a movie that you know your dad doesn’t want to see. Go for a hike or fishing with your dad. You can join them on a visit to an art gallery or museum or perhaps join them in attending a sports match. Choose whatever you’re sure your mum and dad will enjoy.
Your mum and dad may just appreciate having you spend time with them, making them a cup of tea and hearing stories of their life. They are unique and fascinating people. Listen to them!