Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Mother’s Day Around the World - Germany

Mother’s Day, or Muttertag, is the tradition of honoring mothers in Germany and is held on the second day of May unless  Pentecost is the same day, and then it is rescheduled to the first day in May. The Germans celebrate mom in the most traditional sense with cards, handmade gifts and lots of food.

It was first celebrated in the 1920s and became an official German holiday in the 1930s.
Not to put a damper on things, but Mother’s Day took a terribly dark turn during Hitler’s reign. The holiday no longer was significantly and innocently designed to honor mom, but a way for Hitler to replenish his army. Medals were awarded to mothers based upon how many children she had produced for the Fatherland.

After the war, Mother’s Day was no longer an official holiday, but the tradition carried on for families as they tried to find ways to honor mom that did not have a dark side.
Now on Mother’s Day, the Germans hold festivals and feasts for mom; they surprise her with trinkets of their love and affection; and they give her carnations just like the rest of the world does.

The beautiful blue cornflower is the official flower of Germany.

Here are some wonderful blue gift ideas from those who love to make and buy handmade.

Druzy Footprint Necklace


Blue and White Stars Doily

RSS Designs in Fiber 

Hand Knit Bulky Scarf Blue and White Stripe

Crafting Memories 1 

Long Clip on Earrings

Blonde Peach Jewelry 

Seashell Charm Bracelet

Pretty Gonzo 

Blue Lucite Tulip Romantic Earrings w Blue Topaz Swarovski Crystals

Magdalene Jewels 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Beads, Periwinkle Blue,

Covergirl Beads 

Dragonfly Earrings, Pewter Swirling Blue Handmade Jewelry Gift Women

Shadow Dog Designs 

Light Blue Crystal Rosary Necklace

The Singing Beader 

Shhh, Baby's Dreamin Blue Wall Hanging Plaque Handcrafted from Birch Plywood

Kevs Krafts 

Blue and Teal Drop Earrings with Handmade Beads and Swarovski Crystals

Blue Morning Expressions 

You can also shop from the following collections:
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Week 6
Celebrate Mother’s Day Around the World
Handmade sells out fast, so if you see something you like, you better hurry before someone else sees it. Help us spread the word by sharing these links and this post.
Julie and the hurricane known as Harry


  1. Another fascinating read, Julie. Nothing like a vile dictator to destroy the beauty of Mother's Day. Am glad it's celebrated the way it should be now! Love all the blue selections you found. Many thanks for including my dragonfly earrings. Will share the post and the items far and wide! Treats to the Not So Small Harry Pup from Watching It Rain Moose Dog.

  2. Beautiful blue selections, Julie. Thank you for including my scarf. Shared.

  3. Thank you Julie! Enjoyed reading your post. Shared.

  4. Enjoyed reading about Mother's Day in Germany. Thank you for including my blue crystal rosary with all these other lovely gifts. Shared...

  5. Ooooo! Such an interesting post with a great collection of handmade! Thanks so much, Julie & cutesome Harry Le Hurricane!

    I was once in Germany during Mother's Day, and the MD gifts in candy stores were so beautiful! I bought my mom a small heart-shaped box of chocolates with pretty gold netting and fabric roses on top. Somehow it didn't get all squished during our travels, and my mom loved it. (I wish she were still here so I could make her a chaplet bracelet for Mother's Day.)

    Will be pinning everything, doing some tweeting, and sharing the blog. :) Treat wishes from Le Gonze!

  6. Really good to hear, Julie, that after WWII, the German people were finding ways to honor Mothers in a better, happier light!! Thank You for sharing my "RSS Designs In Fiber Blue and White Star Doily"!