Should Christian’s celebrate Mother’s day?
My mother, as a Christian, does not believe in Mother’s Day (as she reminded me on Sunday, commenting that no one understood her feelings on this) and as a result we have never celebrated the day. In saying this, as an adult, I do send her a card (a humorous one this year) and call her on the photo to say hi. Likewise, I send my dad a card and as I always do (twice weekly), I give him a call.
I have never encouraged (or discouraged) my children from making a big deal out of the day (and nor has my husband), however they have always liked to do something special (but I am yet to get breakfast in bed!). Now that they are both adults they like to take me out for meal somewhere nice (this year, on the Saturday, we went to a lovely place for breakfast). I enjoy these special moments and I have no plans to say no to these and see no reason to, as they are lovely times together that create wonderful memories. We don’t go overboard and don’t get carried away with the commercial hype of Mother’s Day with expensive gifts. I never expect a gift but sometimes one or both of my sons will surprise me which is nice. To be honest, it’s more about spending time together.
Is anything wrong with this?
Some would argue that due to the origins of Mother’s Day – a pagan ritual to honour Rhea, the wife of Cronus and the mother of many deities of Greek mythology, Christians should have nothing anything to do with the day at all even though current day has nothing to do with the original roots. Another argument put forward to avoid the day is the fact that the Bible does not ask us to dedicate just one day to our parents (as in celebration) rather honour them every day and therefore there is no need to celebrate Mother’s or Father’s Day. This same argument could be used in regards to celebrating birthdays, but we continue to celebrate birthdays even if they too have ties back to the Greeks and Romans where most celebrations had pagan connections.
I feel comfortable in enjoying the day with my sons and treat it as a day for the family, getting together and doing something nice.
What I don't like in the commerical side that it has become and it would be nice if that wasn't so "in your face".
I would be very interesting in your views on this one as most Christians do celebrate Mother’s Day and see nothing wrong with it.