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On 10 May 2020, Mother's Day is celebrated. Many of us are rethinking this year how to give moms extra attention, particularly when we're apart. Check out 10 fun ideas for Mom to spend time — from a virtual dinner to a long-distance film night to a Zoom talent show!

Mother's Day honors motherhood and is a day for extra-special commitment in acknowledging and appreciating the roles of mothers in our lives. This day is also extended to mother generations — grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers — as well as mother figures.

There has been a day to celebrate mothers for as long as, yes, there were mothers! In ancient times festivals to honor mothers were also linked to gods and goddesses. The Phrygians held a festival for the Great Mother of the Gods, Cybele. The Greeks and Romans likewise revered their gods' mother figure. Even today, Durga-puja, an important Indian festival, honors the goddess Durga.

During the Middle Ages, people will return once a year during the middle of Lent to their home or "mother" church. (At the time, children would still go to work at the tender age of 10) Historians argue that it was the return to the "mother" church that contributed to the tradition of children visiting their mothers and families on the day off.

This festival became "Mothering Sunday" in England in the 16th century. Children — primarily daughters who had gone to work as domestic servants — would be given the day off on the fourth Sunday of Lent to return to their mothers and home parish. The eldest son or daughter would bring in a "mothering cake," which the whole family would cut and share.

Three women have been the most influential in developing Mother's Day tradition in the United States: Ann Reeves Jarvis, Julia Ward Howe, and Ann's daughter, Anna M. Jarvis. Learn more about these three great women who have worked for the protection, health, and peace of their children.


In 2020, in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, many of us are rethinking how moms can be granted extra respect. All of us are excluding our moms when we will usually be together. And many of us are concerned about our mothers, some of whom are beyond the spectrum of high-risk ages.

Take a video of all the kids. They may say "Happy Mother's Day" to each and they thank her. You can always use iMovie to splice videos together on your phone.

How about Mom's unique artwork? For example, paint a terra-cotta flower pot on the outside, and fill it with garden seeds and a card. Or make a beautiful picture frame inside with a picture of your kids. On Pinterest, and elsewhere, you can find several ideas on the Internet.

You don't have to go out to a shop to buy a gift. Mummies enjoy thoughtful gifts.

3. Send an extra-long phone call to your mom or put on a virtual exhibition of talent.

Speak (or video chat) to her, and make her laugh. Maybe throw some good "mom jokes" into it. All that most moms want is time with you.

If the young children are interested, bring Grandma on a talent show! It can be quick! Singing a song, doing some gymnastics, playing an instrument.

Breakfast in bed is still a tradition and enjoyed if your mom stays with you. Anything easy is perfect for that, including toast or a jam or fruit croissant and a cup of coffee or tea. Or, just bake a pizza! Children in England usually often baked a cake for their Mother's Day.

Asking what to write on the card? How about sharing your and your mum's funny story or happy memory? This makes her smile. Don't forget to give them a card beforehand! It's a tradition in our home to make a handmade card each year.

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