When Is Mother's Day 2012

Mother's Day 2012 - 18th March in UK When is Mothers Day UK 2011

In the UK, the date of Mother's Day is dependent on Easter, whereas in the USA Mother's Day is always the second Sunday in May.  Mothers Day 2013 is on the 10th of March.  However in America children celebrate their Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, which is May 12th in 2013.

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How Mother's Day Began in The UK

19th and 20th CenturiesMothering Sunday - Honor Mom

Mother's Day in the UK can be understood by reference to its less common, but more descriptive name - Mothering Sunday.  Let us look back at a time when many young men and women worked away from home as servants of the wealthy.  Masters would give the their servants an occasional day off to attend their own church, and this would have been an opportunity to visit their families after the service.  Eventually, visiting mother became the prime purpose of this annual day off and thus 'Mothering Sunday' was born.

Mothering Sunday in the Middle Ages

Mothering Sunday has been celebrated in Britain on the fourth Sunday in Lent since the 16th century.  One suggestion of its origins is that the custom originated in the church festival of 'Refreshment Sunday' when everyone was expected to revisit the church in which they were baptised, their 'Mother Church.'

Alternatively Mothering Sunday may have started when English Catholics were supposed to travel to attend Mass in their 'Mother Church', this would have been the regional cathedral rather than in their local parish.  Whatever the merits of this theory, by the Reformation, it had changed into an occasion for children to visit their parents.

Earliest References to Mother's Day

The earliest occasions that can be accurately traced by historians, for honouring the mother figure, are pre-Christian in origins, relating to the mother-goddess of pagan religion and entwined with the springtime cycle of renaissance [new life and rebirth].

The ancient Greeks chose a day in spring to honour the mother of the gods, Rhea: early Christians held a springtime festival in honour of Mary the mother of Jesus. As the Christian faith spread through Europe, this practice was carried with it and this celebration of the Mother of Christ was gradually extended to the Mother Church and, eventually, to honour all mothers.

Mother's Day in Other Countries

In the USA Mother's Day (as opposed to Mothering Sunday) is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, a date fixed in 1914; interestingly this date is shared by Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Turkey.

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Dates in Future YearsMother's Day Jokes

When is Mothers Day - Dates In Other Years

  •   3rd April 2011
  • 18th March 2012
  • 10th March 2013
  • 30th March 2014
  • 15th March 2015

The Origin of Mother's Day In America

There are two claims for the origin of Mother's Day in America.  The person responsible for the modern form of this celebration was Anna Marie Jarvis, whose mother died on May 9, 1905.

A memorial service was held on May 12, 1907 in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  However, the first organized service was held on May 10, 1908.  Anna, with the help of John Wanamaker, campaigned to establish Mother's Day as a national holiday in the USA.

On May 8, 1914, Congress passed a law which designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, and the next day President Woodrow Wilson announced the first national Mother's Day.  In this era it was a day for American citizens to honor those mothers whose sons had died in war.Mother's Day Jokes

It was Anne Marie Jarvis who created the association between the carnation and Mother's Day.  The present tradition is to wear a red carnation if you mother is living and a white one if she is deceased.

An earlier claim to have established Mother's day in 1868 involved another Ann - Ann Jarvis, and this too had the theme of uniting mothers who had lost a son in the Civil War.  However, this was called not Mother's Day but Mother's Friendship Day and its purpose was to reunite families that had been separated, or divided by the American Civil War.

The Vocabulary of a Mother

  • Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the children would care to order a dessert.
  • Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.
  • Full Name: What you call your child when you're angry with him.
  • Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.
  • Independent: How we want our children to be for as long as they do everything we say.
  • Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into.
  • Show Off: A child who is more talented than yours.
  • Whodunit: None of the children who live in your house.
  • Bottle-feeding: An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2 am.
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Punctuation of Mother's Day and Mothers' Day

The apostrophe, to represent the possessive always causes spelling difficulties.  Will and Guy's logic is that we remember one's mother, thus we write Mother's Day.  In British English, as opposed to American English, it's also possible for a group of unrelated people to celebrate their Mothers' Day.  While this usage of the apostrophe is grammatically correct in England, it's not in common usage.

Translation:  Guy know's it should be Mother's Day, but occasionally he slips up and calls it Mothers' Day.

Witty and Funny Mother's Day Jokes Mother's Day

Phone Home?

Lionel phones his mother living in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK.

'Mum, how are you?' he asks.
'Not too good,' answers Lionel's mother, 'I've been very weak.'

Lionel, concerned asks, 'Why are you so weak, mother?'
She says, 'Because I haven't eaten in 23 days'

Lionel stammers, 'That's terrible. Why haven't you eaten in 23 days?'
His mother replies, 'Because I didn't want my mouth to be filled with food if you should phone.'

Turning The Knife

While assembling furniture, Liz asked her friend's six-year-old son, Ricky, to bring her a screwdriver.
'Do you want a 'Daddy' screwdriver or a 'Mummy' screwdriver?'  Ricky politely inquired.

Confused by the question, Liz responded with, 'Bring me a 'Mummy' screwdriver.'
Ricky returned and handed her a butter knife.

See International Women's Day 8th March.

Two Quotations to Ponder

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford.
Then I want to move in with them. - Phyllis Diller

All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.
No man does.  That's his. - Oscar Wilde

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The Stages Of Motherhood: Author Unknown
[Will and Guy do not agree with all these sentiments]

 4 Years Of Age - My mummy can do anything.
 8 Years Of Age - My mum knows a lot.
12 Years Of Age - My mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 Years Of Age - Naturally, mother doesn't know that, either.
16 Years Of Age - Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 Years Of Age - That old woman? She's way out of date.
25 Years Of Age - Well, she might know a little bit about it.
35 Years Of Age - Before we decide, let's get mum's opinion.
45 Years Of Age - Wonder what mum would have thought about it.
65 Years Of Age - Wish, I could talk it over with Mum.

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Sara's Story for Mothers DayStories for Mothering Sunday

Sara, a little girl, is sitting and watching her mother wash the dishes at the kitchen sink.  At once she notices that her mother has several wisps of white hair sticking out in contrast to the rest of her brunette hair.  Sara looks at her mother and inquisitively asks, 'Why are some of your hairs white, Mum?'

Her mother answers, 'Well Sara, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.'

Sara thinks about this revelation for a while and then inquires, Mummy, why is it then that all of grandma's hairs are white?'

A Mother of a Small Boy Says

  • A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 2000 sq. ft. house, 4 inches deep.
  • A 3-year old boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.
  • When you hear the toilet flush and the words 'uh oh' , it's already too late.
  • Brake fluid mixed with Clorox makes smoke, and lots of it.
  • A six-year old boy can start a fire with a flint rock even though a 36-year old Man says they can only do it in the movies.
  • Certain Lego's will pass through the digestive tract of a 4-year old Boy.
  • Play dough and microwave should not be used in the same sentence.
  • Super glue is forever.
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  • No matter how much Jell-O you put in a swimming pool you still can't walk on water.
  • Pool filters do not like Jell-O.
  • Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
  • Marbles in gas tanks make lots of noise when driving.
  • You probably DO NOT want to know what that odour is.
  • The fire department in Austin, Texas has a 5-minute response time.
  • The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earthworms dizzy.
  • It will, however, make cats dizzy.
  • Cats throw up twice their body weight when dizzy.
  • 80% of men who read this will try mixing the Clorox and brake fluid.
  • Women will pass this on to almost all of their friends, with or without permission.

When is Mothers Day?

USA - UK

  • May 13th - 18th March 2012
  • May 12th - 10th March 2013
  • May 11th - 30th March 2014
  • May 10th - 15th March 2015

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