For most of 2020, most of us stayed indoors. 2021 was supposed to be different. It was supposed to be the year we reclaimed our festivals. But with the second wave of the coronavirus upon us, it looks like the reclaiming will have to wait a bit longer. For now, we will have to make do with staying home and staying safe.
Why are celebrations important?
We might be tempted to just chuck it all, and decide not to have any celebrations, and that’s okay too if you want to take it easy this year. But studies have shown that the celebratory attitude works really well to keep your spirits up. It also breaks the monotony of the day for you and the family!
One day where most mothers feel loved (maybe a bit more than the rest of the year) is Mother’s Day. And it’s a wonderful occasion to practice gratitude, togetherness and of course, have fun. Mother’s Day this year is going to be celebrated indoors for most of us but there’s no reason it can’t be just as special as the other years. Here are a few ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day, indoors:
Making the kitchen a Mum-free zone:
Mothers can’t seem to break away from the kitchen, especially during a lockdown. With help missing and everyone getting hunger pangs at odd hours. So, for a change, make sure the family steps up! From making tea in the morning to breakfast and lunch, the children can be in charge- with a watchful eye from dad. Granted, lunch may be sandwiches. Breakfast may just be toast with bread and butter. But it’s a great way to teach independence to the children, while they gain a healthy appreciation of just how much effort mothers put in for every meal.
Movie marathons at home:
With the OTT platforms offering up a whole host of options, the need to go to a movie theatre has become quite redundant. To complete the movie-theatre experience, let mummy choose the movie. Pop some popcorn in the microwave, throw a few cushions, draw the curtains and Voila! Your movie -theatre experience just came home!
Art/Photography workshop for mum:
Mothers become our default family photographers and home decorators! They love nothing better than clicking pictures of the family on vacations, during festivals, on special occasions, you name it. Wouldn’t it be great to let them indulge in their hobby and book them for an art or photography class? There are plenty of classes available online – and some of them even focus on mobile phone photography. An ideal gift for a snap-happy mum!
Mother’s Day goodies:
It’s never been easier to create personalised gifts for mother’s day. From photo mugs to t-shirts with cheeky messages, it’s all there at the click of a button. Just a couple of things to remember: if you’re selecting a picture, pick one that mum loves (not one where you’ve caught her mid-sneeze), if you’re picking a gift, pick one she’ll use (don’t look at tea-pots for a coffee-lover) and check the delivery timelines (make sure they arrive before d-day!)
The way to a mum’s heart…
…Is definitely through baked goods- especially if her children are baking! Look up a simple cake/ cookie recipe on the internet and watch her melt into a mushy puddle when the children bake it for her. It doesn’t need to be perfect. I’m sure the fact that her children have made it will make it ‘the best cake in the world’!
Quick art cards:
Use your child’s palm prints or footprints to make a very personalised, quick no-fuss Mother’s Day Card. If the children are old enough, they can write on the card, if not, daddy can write what they want to say on the card. Guaranteed to make every mother go, ‘Aww’!
Mother’s Day coupons:
Make a series of small coupons for things you think she will enjoy. For example, “good for one hug from any member of the family” or “good for taking charge of the TV remote” or even “good for one hour of me-time”. Mummy can then choose to use these coupons throughout the year, when she chooses (or use it all up in one day, depending on her mood). It’s also a great way to let her know that she’s appreciated throughout the year!
Whatever you decide to do on Mother’s Day, do remember that the little things count as much as the grand gestures. Helping out with chores, spending time together as a family and bonding over shared memories will carry far more value than buying a really expensive gift on that one day, but ignoring her needs and feelings for the rest of the year. Here’s wishing all Mothers a day full of happiness and love.