Giving gifts to your mum isn’t a modern invention. Throughout recorded history, children have given their parents gifts of handmade crafts, favourite foods, clothing, jewellery, and more. Ancient societies even had festivals honouring mums and celebrating the concept of motherhood. Early Christians in Europe began the practice of celebrating “Mothering Sunday.” On a Sunday in the middle of Lent, people would visit their “mother” church in their home town. The day became a popular time for family reunions, since children who’d moved away for work would return to the town or village where their family lived. The day became a time to enjoy special foods and bring family members gifts from far away.