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Is this a Southern thing or a Mama thing?

We would never turn our nose up at breakfast in bed, but when it comes to what really defines Mother’s Day in the South, we like to put it front and center. Come Sunday we’ll be fluffing our feathers and putting our Mother’s Day finest on display where everyone can see: our usual church pew.

If you attend a place of worship in the South on Mother’s Day, here are a few things you might spot—do share with us what we left off.

Sunday-Best Attire Only Rivaled by That of Easter

Second only to Easter in terms of pomp and circumstance is Mother’s Day. Not a hair will be out of place, dresses will be floral, slacks pressed, and little one’s socks will be pulled knee-high. Mom will proudly display her chicks lined up in a neat little row beside her on the pew.

Mother’s Day Corsages

You’ll still spot a few of these among the congregation on Mother’s Day. Sadly, the Mother’s Day tradition of honoring Mom with a corsage seems to be waning. Bring it back with a little help from our guide to the Best Flowers for Corsages.

Church Pews Four Generations Deep

It’s not unusual too see three and sometimes even four generations of women sharing the same pew come Mother’s Day with husbands, brothers, and sons mixed in, of course. A good rule of thumb is to always congregate to the home church and usual pew of the eldest in attendance—one of many unspoken rules of the Southern matriarchy. 

Children on Their Best Behavior

Little ones are reminded this is Mama’s special day and, if there’s one thing we know about Southern children it’s their love for Mama runs deep. Any other day they might have needed bribing with zip-top bags of dry cereal and cheese crackers shaped like fish but, not today. Mama’s every happiness is all the incentive they need to sit up straight and not pinch each other.