3 Mother’s Day Traditions from Love Inspired Authors
It’s the time of year to show all the moms out there just how much we appreciate everything they do! Our Love Inspired authors have shared their Mother’s Day traditions.
Mother’s Day at our house is interesting, because my husband hates crowds and going places where he’s going to have to deal with them, so we almost never go out. He tries to get creative for that day, and one year, he and my father-in-law made a nice breakfast at my father-in-law’s house for all the mothers in the family. They set the table nicely, made a delicious meal and cleaned it all up. It was a nice way to celebrate the holiday and not have to go out. It was one of my favorite days.
When my children were very young, Mother’s Day was my husband’s responsibility (as Father’s Day was mine). Once they were in grade school, we turned the days over to them. As I told them, “I’m not your Dad’s mom. I’m yours.” That started a tradition of gifts the children made on their own, gifts I treasure. I received books made of construction paper filled with hand-drawn pictures of the events of the past year, cups covered with photos and stickers, etchings of manatees and other favorite animals, and laminated pictures of myself at the computer. The gifts became more refined as the children’s skills and imaginations grew, and it’s now part of Mother’s Day to go back and enjoy each one all over again.
My dad was military, and we usually lived far from family, yet each Mother’s Day we drove to Ohio to visit my grandmother. The Sunday celebration started at church, where aunts and uncles and cousins joined us in the pews as we lifted our voices in praise and worship to the Lord. Following the service, we gathered at my grandmother’s house to enjoy a huge buffet of mouthwatering dishes. The meal always included baked ham, potato salad, homemade dinner rolls hot from the oven, a medley of casseroles and spring vegetables picked from the garden. Before eating, we joined hands and gave thanks to God for his blessings. After lunch, the ladies washed dishes while the men relaxed and the children played in the backyard, eagerly anticipating the deserts served later in the afternoon—cakes and pies and berries topped with scoops of ice cream. The years have passed, and now I’m a grandmother welcoming my children and grandchildren home with open arms and a joyful heart as that tradition of love and family continues from one Mother’s Day to the next.
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How do you celebrate Mother’s day with your Family? Let us know in the comments below!