Did you know, Mothers Day or mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, often being the only day that families could gather together?
Children and young people would pick flowers along the way to place in the church (no please don’t do that) or even give to their mothers. My own grandmother who worked in service, was allowed to bake a cake to take home to her mother, my great grandmother.
Eventually, the religious tradition became what we now know as Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday and the giving of gifts to our mothers.
I suppose its been easy in past years of popping to the shops, picking up a gift of two along with a card, but this year with the world gripped by a global pandemic, maybe we should look back at the traditional ways of celebrating this day and giving thanks to those special people in our lives.
I'm lucky that I have both my mums wedding china and my grandmothers hand crochet table cloth and doileys and I cant think of a more special event to bring it out this year and do something straight from the heart.
Food plays a massive part in everyday, Italian lifestyle and
it’s hard to overestimate how important food is to them. It goes way beyond just simple nourishment. With the social gathering restrictions being relaxed this month to ten persons, it makes the perfect opportunity to gather together and, like them, enjoy a traditional tea but most of all enjoy it around a beautifully set table with family.
The care taken in preparing afternoon tea is part of the gift.
The aim, to preserve and promote the traditional culinary values, such as making food with love and attention to detail and with such awareness that those who eat it will appreciate it.
So pull out the china, lay out the cloth and make this Mothers Day a gift straight from the heart.
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