Winter

Winter is the coldest season of the year. It occurs after autumn and before spring each year. Winter is caused by the axis of the Earth in that hemisphere being oriented away from the Sun.

The name comes from an old Germanic word that means “time of water” and refers to the rain and snow of winter in middle and high latitudes.

When it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it is summer in the Southern Hemisphere, and vice versa. In many regions, winter is associated with snow and freezing temperatures. The moment of winter solstice is when the Sun’s elevation with respect to the North or South Pole is at its most negative (that’s, when the Sun is at its farthest below the horizon as measured from the pole). The day on which this occurs has the shortest day and the longest night, with day length increasing and night length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice.

Benefits of Winter

Colder temperatures can help reduce both allergies and inflammation1

  • Cooler temperatures boost your brain
  • It might help you burn calories
  • It improves allergies
  • Winter can lower inflammation
  • It can lower risk of diseases
  • You’ll sleep better
  • It can help you fight infections

As well as the other benefits like…

  • Winter foods
  • Endless Hot Chocolate
  • Guilt free binge watching your favorite shows
  • Snow, which means snow balls fights & Snowmen
  • Warm snugly PJ’s and blankets
  • Cosy nights with Board games
  • Nice warm baths

 

Christmas Around the World!

2The most well-known Christmas, is the traditional Father Christmas figure, who rides in from the North Pole with his reindeer on a sleigh bearing gifts for the children and adults alike.

But there are some less well-known Christmas figures which you may not know about.

For starts, have you heard of the Yule Cat? This not-so-friendly kitty plays a big part in the Icelandic festivities. The Yule Cat is a giant, mean, cat who goes on the prowl during Christmas season and eats people who don’t have new, warm clothes to wear for Christmas. That’s just charming isn’t it, can’t say I’ll look at cats the same around Christmas time, lol.

The next unpleasantness one comes from Austria, where they look out for a half-goat, half demonic, horned beast called The Krampus. This nasty creature is said to take ‘bad’ children to Hell or even eat them! Krampusnacht (Krampus Night) falls on December 5th when The Krampus is said to hand out lumps of coal or bundles of twigs, rather than ‘real’ presents. You’ve most likely seen the films based on this mythological figure, if not good films to watch, and The Krampus is said to be related to Santa Claus???

And it continues in Norway, where it is customary to hide brooms on Christmas Eve, in case witches try to steal them and fly away with them!

1A much more pleasant side of a Norwegian Christmas, is Pepperkakebyen, the world’s biggest gingerbread city, which is built every Christmas in the city of Bergen. Miniature houses, trains, cars and ships are made from gingerbread as schools contribute to making a miniature version of Bergen.

In the Czech Republic, On Christmas Eve, single women should stand facing away from a door and throw a shoe over their shoulder. If it lands with the toe pointing towards the door, they will supposedly get married in the next 12 months. If only this was true, lol! Also a single woman should take a branch from a cherry tree and place it in water on the December 4th. If it blooms by Christmas Eve, she’ll get married in the following year.

I personally hate porridge, but Nisse loves it. Who? Nisse is an important Christmas figure in Denmark, a mischievous gnome who is said to be easily offended. So families leave a bowl of porridge outside their houses for him, so that he won’t play jokes on their household.

The strange thing is that most of the world’s plastic Christmas Trees and Christmas decorations are made in China, but the people making them might not have decorations like them in their own homes at Christmas! A tradition that’s becoming popular, on Christmas Eve, is giving apples. Many stores have apples wrapped up in colored paper for sale. People give apples on Christmas Eve because in Chinese Christmas Eve is called “Ping’an Ye” (平安夜), meaning peaceful or quiet evening’. The word for apple in Mandarin is “píngguǒ” (苹果) which sounds like the word for peace.

In France, a Nativity crib is often used to help decorate the house. French cribs have clay figures in them. During December some towns and cities, such as Marseilles, have fairs that sell Nativity figures. As well as having the normal Nativity figures in them, French scenes also have figures such as a Butcher, a Baker, a Policeman and a Priest.

The USA has many different traditions and ways that people celebrate Christmas, because of its multi-cultural nature. The traditional meal for Western European families is turkey or ham with cranberry sauce. Families from Eastern European origins favor turkey with trimmings, keilbasi (a Polish sausage), cabbage dishes, and soups; and some Italian families prefer lasagne! Some Americans use pop-corn threaded on string to help decorate their Christmas Tree! Making gingerbread houses is also popular to make and eat at Christmas!

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Merry Christmas, to one and all!!

All Hallows Eve!

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Halloween

Also known as All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, it is said to be the day of the year when the rift between the living and the dead is weakest, allowing spirits to walk the earth once more.

Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories, as well as watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows’ Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular, although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration.

History of All Hallows Eve

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

But what about the Halloween traditions and beliefs that today’s trick-or-treaters have forgotten all about? Many of these obsolete rituals focused on the future instead of the past and the living instead of the dead.

In particular, many had to do with helping young women identify their future husbands and reassuring them that they would someday, with luck, by next Halloween be married. In 18th-century Ireland, a cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it.

In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, represented the girl’s future husband. (In some versions of this legend, the opposite was true: The nut that burned away symbolized a love that was lost.)

Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night she would dream about her future husband.

Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands’ initials. Tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands’ faces.

Other rituals were more competitive. At some Halloween parties, the first guest to find a burr on a chestnut-hunt would be the first to marry; at others, the first successful apple-bobber would be the first down the aisle.

Of course, whether we’re asking for romantic advice or trying to avoid seven years of bad luck, each one of these Halloween superstitions relies on the goodwill of the very same “spirits” whose presence the early Celts felt so keenly.

History of Halloween Witches

The Witches Caldron
“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog”
“Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing”

“For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and babble”

“Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn, and caldron bubble”

~ William Shakespeare

1Witches have had a long history with Halloween. Legends tell of witches gathering twice a year when the seasons changed, on April 30 – the eve of May Day and the other was on the eve of October 31 – All Hallow’s Eve.

The witches would gather on these nights, arriving on broomsticks, to celebrate a party hosted by the devil. Superstitions told of witches casting spells on unsuspecting people, transform themselves into different forms and causing other magical mischief. It was said that to meet a witch you had to put your clothes on wrong side out and you had to walk backwards on Halloween night. Then at midnight you would see a witch.

When the early settlers came to America, they brought along their belief in witches. In America the legends of witches spread and mixed with the beliefs of others, the Native Americans, who also believed in witches, and then later with the black magic beliefs of the African slaves.

The black cat has long been associated with witches. Many superstitions have evolved about cats. It was believed that witches could change into cats. Some people also believed that cats were the spirits of the dead. One of the best known superstitions is that of the black cat. If a black cat was to cross your path you would have to turn around and go back because many people believe if you continued bad luck would strike you.

Jack O’Lanterns

The Irish brought the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to America. But, the original Jack O’Lantern wasn’t actually a pumpkin. As pumpkins didn’t exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic cultures in Ireland carved turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and placed an ember in them, to ward off evil spirits.

The Tale of Stingy Jack and the Jack O’ Lantern

Jack O’Lantern legend goes back hundreds of years in Irish History.

Stingy Jack was a miserable, old drunk who took pleasure in playing tricks on just about everyone: family, friends, his mother and even the Devil himself. One day, he tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree. After the Devil climbed up the tree, Stingy Jack hurriedly placed crosses around the trunk of the tree. Unable to touch a cross, the Devil was stuck in the tree. Stingy Jack made the Devil promise him not to take his soul when he died. Once the devil promised not to take his soul, Stingy Jack removed the crosses, and the Devil climbed down out of the apple tree.

Many years later, Jack died, he went to the pearly gates of Heaven and was told by Saint Peter that he was mean and cruel, and had led a miserable, worthless life on earth. Stingy Jack was not allowed to enter heaven. He then was sent down to Hell. The Devil kept his promise and would not allow him to enter Hell. Now Jack was scared. He had nowhere to go, but to wander about forever in the dark netherworld between heaven and hell. He asked the Devil how he could leave, as there was no light. The Devil tossed him an ember from the flames of Hell, to help Stingy Jack light his way. Jack found a Turnip. It was one of his favorite foods. Jack hollowed out the Turnip, and placed the ember the Devil had given him, inside the turnip. From that day onward, Stingy Jack roamed the earth without a resting place, lighting his way as he went with his “Jack O’Lantern”.

On all Hallow’s eve, the Irish hollowed out Turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. They placed a light in them to ward off evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away. These were the original Jack O’Lanterns. In the 1800’s a couple of waves of Irish immigrants came to America. The Irish immigrants quickly discovered that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve out. So they then used pumpkins for Jack O’Lanterns.

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Happy Halloween!

Derma V10 – Foot Peel Review

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Exfoliating Foot Peel

Right… myself and my partner tried the above Foot packs the other day, lol. I got them from Home Bargains for 89p each (loads of other places want a hell of a lot more, so 89p to see if they works or doesn’t work is worth it).

When i opened the packs they smelt lovely and very fresh smelling, the instructions are very simply and easy to follow so you can’t go wrong.

I cut the tops of the foot packs and slipped them on, used the tape to hold them in place and took advantage as not to move for 90 minutes, lol. I couldn’t put my feet up as i didn’t want the liquid out of the packs to run out, but was nice to sit and watch some catch up TV (Friends and the movie Simple Favour, i would recommend was quite good).

It took a few minutes for me to get use to the wet slimy texture around my feet, but after that it was nice on my feet and like soaking your feet without the water. After 90 minutes i took off the packs and massaged the liquid left on my feet in for a couple of minutes and then patted them dry with a towel and allowed them to air dry for 5 minutes before putting some clean fresh socks on.

My feet felt lovely, soft and smooth. I says that all the dry skin will peel off my feet in 7 days (timed it just right for being off work when its meant to happen, lol) so we will see in 5 days if this happens, my feet do feel like they are going to peel, hard to explain, but feeling like the layer of skin isn’t attached like before, like with a blister or after sunburn!! But as a general foot pack to sooth and relax feet its lovely, so worth it for that, i will update in 5 days as to whether the peel happens and all dry skin is gone.

I will post the results in a separate post so you wont miss the update if your interested.

https://www.cherryz.com/product/derma-v10-exfoliating-foot-peel/

Archaeological Dig

So myself, partner and son went on our first ever dig, run by Council for British Archaeology at Northcote Farm in Wolverhampton. http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk check out the website for any more events happening if your interested, it was a nice day.

I myself love all things history and enjoy learning about things through out the history of our country, its surprising how much history we actually have.

So we went on this dig to have a go and another thing to say we’ve tried and added to the bucket list and memory boxes. My son loves Dinosaurs and was so excited thinking we would be digging for Dinosaur bones, lol.

It was raining, so no pictures unfortunately, as we got socked and gave up after a couple of hours, but we had a great time and found a few items that would be taken to clean and see if they are pieces of stoneware, pottery etc that we think they maybe.

I would recommend giving it a go if it is something that is of interest or even to try something new, we will be trying it again, hopefully in better weather, lol.

My Book Yes or No??

So for the past couple of years I’ve been writing a book…???

Here are some small snippets of a few chapters, let me know if you would like to read more (or even any edits / advice greatly appreciated), as I’m in the decision stage of whether I should publish or not, let me know what you think??

Synopsis

You find your fiance in bed with another woman in your apartment! Your parents seem to be more bothered about you making up with him than what he’s done, then you find out why your happiness seems so unimportant to them. Angry and lost you vow never to speak to them or him again, pack your bags a head for a new life in the city.

What does life have install for you now?

Chapter 1 – Fiance… ex-fiance

It’s been a long week, you’ve been working on a big project and finally it’s finished. You work for your dad in the Marketing Department as the Marketing Manager. You know that a lot of the people at the Corporation think your only there because your the bosses daughter, but your dad didn’t give you the job you applied like everyone else. You make sure that people know this and make sure that all your work proves as much.

The project has kept you busy for months, making sure that everything is organised, planned and ready go off without a hitch. Most nights you’ve been working late, but today is the final day and all the work is done, so you’ve decided to finish half hour early, to surprise Robert. You double check all is ok and that everything has been shipped and delivered as planned before grabbing your bag and heading out.

Chapter 2 – Fresh start

Day one of your new life is what springs to mind as you wake up in the hotel, in the same clothes as yesterday. It was a long day and a long drive, by the time you checked into the hotel it was late and couldn’t be bothered to do anything else but sleep.

After getting the last of your bags from the car, you sit down on the bed. You look over at Pepper who has made himself comfy on the bed and is sleeping soundly. You get up and walk over to the window and take a look at your new surroundings. You see a small market, you smile and grab your bag. I’m just popping to the market Pepper, you say as you walk out the door.

Chapter 3 – Everything’s going great

About 6 months later…

You’ve found a job and even made a couple of friends to boot, so things are starting to get good and your last minute move and a chance for a fresh start is starting to look good. Your heading to your office, the sun is shining and for the first time in the last few months are truly feeling good about life.

Just a few doors down from your office there is a coffee stand, nearly every morning you stop off and grab 3 coffees, one for you, one for Izzy, your now best friend and one for Theo, the other half of your little team here at Beaumount Marketing. You work in small 2 person teams and Theo is your sidekick. You were personally teamed up together by your boss and head of the marketing department, Sebastian… to which he commented our talents should prove to work well together.

So… what do people think? Should i double read, edit and consider publishing or not? 🙂 😦

The Bucket List!

the-bucket-list-734593_960_720Well… where to start, i started my bucket list when i was 15 and when i started it most things were the usual like, moving in to my own place, learning to drive, etc. But as i got older i started adding many more things and i think i’m on about 100+ now.

Over the years i have done quite a few things, but seem to find more to add as i go along, so it doesn’t seem to get shorter, and well my bank account and work / life balance just says NOOOOO half the time, lol!

I think a bucket list is a great thing for people to have, no matter how big or small or how simple or adventurous your items are. I think having this list has helped me spread my wings a little, as i wasn’t always a confident person and took a while for me to get to know people and be comfortable enough to come out of my shell to really enjoy things. And i have major stage fright, so even standing in front of people i know (even family) watching me do something as opening presents was a lot for me to handle.

Some things on my list are quite simple, but at the time i added them10489763_10152136268886846_3531105421572701258_n it was a big deal for me at the time, due to mentioned above things. And slowly i managed to over come things and get to the stage where i can do many things i couldn’t before, things that people just do and think nothing of it. So beginning to take things off my list and add more adventurous things without the idea, let alone doing them would freak me out, so when i think back and look at my list i feel quite proud of myself.

2Since i’ve had my son, i have found that this was a great way to be able to share things with him and from pregnancy i started a memory box for my son and added everything over the years and continue to add things with him to his and mine to this day. The plan is on his 18th Birthday i will give him his box(s) and he will have memories of all his years, as i do now with mine, which is priceless. And after i’m gone (many, many years from now i hope) my son and any other family will have my box(s) full of memories of me and all of them to remember me and that is such a great feeling to me.

If you haven’t started a bucket list yet, thinking the same as me, find the idea of doing things like these hard, or maybe you have but don’t really keep memories, then i would suggest you do. It’s amazing what it can do for your confidence and all the memories you can save and leave for your children is just as amazing as the fun you have doing them.

I can’t wait to carry on with mine…

How to make the most of Festivals

So you fancy trying your hand at a festival or two?
Well… here are some tips to help you get the most out of the festival season.

Which Festival?1

With so many different festivals to choose from, which one do you pick?
To be honest, the best way to pick is, google it! Go online and search each of the festivals, take a look at the previous/current line ups, locations, read the reviews from people who have been and if you know anyone who’s been before then pick their brain for things that you want to know.

Doing a bit of research is the best way to find out which festival is best for you. Last thing you want is to find yourself at a weekend packed with hard core dance if you’re a R&B fan.

Advance purchase

Once you have found the right festival for you, don’t stop there. Get your tickets booked in advance, tickets sell out really fast at most festivals, so get in there early. Never buy tickets from touts at the festivals, you’ll most likely get ripped off and maybe even end up with fake tickets, and you don’t want to be out of pocket and out of the festival!

Ready to go!

Not quite… knowing the festival and having your ticket is one thing, but have you 2thought about the rest? Accommodation, and packing? Well, you best get your skates on. Most festivals have camping onsite, so you can rough it like it’s meant to be and enjoy the whole experience to the fullest. Some people take advantage of the camper van craze at festivals as well. It’s multipurpose – travel & accommodation in one. (My personal favorite!)

If you like the idea, but not the sleeping bags and bug side of things, then why not take a look and see if the festivals have glamping huts available?
Glamping is the newest form of camping, where nature meets luxury. It’s all the fun, but with added benefits and luxuries, like a bed, heating, and toilet. It’s a great way to stay, and with limited amenities at festivals it can be a great comfort at the end of the day.

If you’re not up for camping or glamping then make sure you look into a local B&B or hotel in advance, as they are likely to fill up quickly. Also make sure it’s not too far to travel each day. Last thing you want is all the travel on top of the long festival days.

What should you take?

Just bear in mind when your packing, things like where you are staying and what facilities you have at your accommodation and during the days at the festival.
Here is a rough guide on things you may need; –

Backpack – for all the essential gear
Day pack / bag – for all the non-pocket-size things i.e. Purse, hand wipes, etc
Tent – that’s if you’re camping, getting there early is a good idea to find the best place to pitch the tent.
Sleeping bag – of course for the above
Camping equipment – if you’re camping you will need some basics, cups, water bottle, kettle for the all-important morning cup of tea and of course mini stove and pan for the bacon sarnies, to get the day started.
Clothes – can’t forget those, make sure you pack for all weathers (this is England after all)
Wellies – whether its dry or even if there’s a slight bit of rain, just think of how many people will be walking around, that makes for a lot of mud. Good 3walking boots are always a second-best option if you don’t have wellies. None of us want the Bridget Jones incident, do we?
Sunglasses and sun cream – these are essentials, protecting your eyes and your skin
can never be more important when you have long days in the sun. Hats are always a good idea as well.
Mobile phone – don’t forget the charger. Festivals get crowded and it’s easy to get separated from your friends, so keep your mobile charged and on you all the time just in case.
Cash – always have cash. Make sure you have enough for the weekend, as cash points are hard to find at festivals (if there are any). Never keep all of your cash on you (but make sure it’s safe) just in case you misplace your purse, but wherever you keep it, make sure it’s safe.
Medication – take any essential medication that you need for yourself, keeping it in the original containers, with the label on, and only carry what you need for the duration of your stay. Be prepared to show it at the gates and don’t hide it. Insect repellent and even a mini first aid kit won’t go a miss either.
Toiletries – and not just for the type of accommodation. Think about the toilet facilities (you don’t want to be caught short) during the day, so maybe tissue, wet wipes and sanitizer for hands and to freshen up throughout the day, deodorant, body spray, etc.

Be safe!

Safety warning – if someone offers you anything that you’re unsure of, don’t take it! Do not accept drinks from strangers and be careful to never to leave your drinks even for a second.
Consider a ‘buddy system’, you look out for a friend and they look out for you. Plan a meeting place with your buddy in case you get lost or go your separate ways for a while. You can’t always rely on your mobile, as your battery may die or the network signal maybe be weak.
If you’re drinking alcohol, make sure you have a soft drink or water in between, as the warm summer days can dehydrate you, as can the alcohol. Drink sensibly and never drink and drive!
Music can be load at the festivals, and if you are close to the stage and the speakers, this could damage you hearing. Try using ear plugs if you get close to the stage or speakers, look after your ears, you only get one pair.

And finally…

Festivals can be an unforgettable experience and add some great memories to your summer, so just make sure to do that all essential planning to help your weekend go off without a hitch.

Remember to take a walk when you get there and survey the site, make note of toilets, first aid, etc and don’t forget your tent location if camping, you can always add a flag or something bright to the outside, so you can spot it amongst the rest. So that you can enjoy the experience from start to finish!

Bella’s Tail

Yummy, Yummy in my tummy!!

thumbnail_20190403_182912So… a couple of weeks ago we received a very generous free delivery from Tails.com (Bella’s Kibble) Bella was in it straight away (I think she knew, lol) and i have to say… WOW!thumbnail_20190403_183536

Bella loves it and i have to say that it is so easy. Its tailor made food, that suited to our dog, you just enter a few details and bobs your uncle within a few days your food is at your door. Bella isn’t a fussy eater (thank god) but they tailor to that as well, so you can’t go wrong.

Bella is one crazy dog, who’s funny, loving, protective (especially of her little human) and very active. She can’t sit still or lie down for more than 2 mins before shes up again, and by god is she fast. Well half Husky and half Staffy, i guess it’s expected. Bella’s kibble has been great in supporting her system and her body, even thought she is young she has a stiff hip and after sitting or sleeping over night you can see it takes her a while to loosen up, ad since using her kibble with added joint care, we can see that her hip hasn’t been as bad for her since, not taking as long for her to loosen up and now she stretches out flat whenever she can, lol. thumbnail_20190408_134457

Even though Bella wasn’t underweight, but due to her build and how active she is all the time, she never seemed to gain weight no matter how much we feed her, but since she has been using Bella’s Kibble, we have seen a difference, not a huge weight gain but she has filled out just a little bit in all the right places, which is great to see.

If you would like to get your hands on this for your dog simply go to Tails.com and follow the steps, you can also use exclusive code “EMMASBLOG” and get 2 weeks free tailored dog food. https://tails.com/fetch-your-friends/EMMAEEV8/

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Mother’s Day!

When do we celebrate it?

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence mothers have in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.

The date changes every year and if you miss it you’ll have to deal with a mother’s scorn, so – don’t. As always it’s in March (UK), but the date alters depending what Sunday it falls on.

In the UK Mother’s Day is on the 4th Sunday of Lent, the day marks the maternal bond that between mum and child, as well as other mother figures such as grandmothers, mothers-in-law and stepmoms.

The origins of Mother’s Day

The day dates back as early as to the ancient Greeks. The ancient Greeks dedicated an annual spring festival to maternal goddesses. Romans also celebrated with a spring festival called Hilaria which was for a mother goddess called Cybele.

Mothering Sunday is a Christian celebration, which we Brits celebrate exactly three weeks before Easter, which also changes date each year. It has now become a day of appreciation for all the mother figures in our lives. But the day has now become a worldwide event where we show our mothers how much we appreciate them.index

More than 30% of Brits say their mom is the most inspirational person in their life. Mother’s Day is traditionally a celebration to observe and celebrate mothers, grandmothers and step-moms with flowers, breakfast in bed, gifts and cards.

As mentioned, Mother’s Day can find its origins all the way back to ancient Greece, but we celebrate it now in a way which the Americans started in the early 20th Century. The modern Mother’s day began in the United States, at the initiative of Ann Reeves Jarvis.

Mothering Sunday in the U.K. can be traced back to ancient pagan practices, but it has gone through a lot of changes and names to get to what we know today. During the 1600s, the early Christians in England celebrated a day to honor Mary, the mother of Christ. By a religious order, the holiday was later expanded to include all mothers.

Mother’s Day occurs in the U.S. once a year on the second Sunday of May, while Mothering Day in the UK is celebrated the fourth Sunday of Lent. Traditional ways to celebrate Mother’s Day are to take mothers out to dinner and honor them with cards, flowers, or chocolates. Biblically, honoring mothers (and fathers) is commanded by God in both the Old and New Testaments.

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