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  1. Mothers Day falls on 15th March this year. Many of us will be looking for a suitable gift for the most important woman in our lives, but where did this day of celerating our Mum's begin?

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    Mother's Day dates back to ancient cultures in Greece and Rome. In both cultures, mother goddesses (Queen of Heaven). were worshipped during the springtime with religious festivals. The ancient Greeks paid tribute to the powerful goddess Rhea, the wife of Cronus, known as the Mother of the Gods (Queen of Heaven). 

    Similarly, evidence of a three-day Roman festival in Mid-March called Hilaria, to honor the Roman goddess Magna Mater, or Great Mother, dates back to 250 BCE. 

    As Christianity spread throughout Europe, the celebration of the "Mother Church" replaced the pagan tradition of honoring mythological goddesses. The fourth Sunday in Lent, a 40-day fasting period before Easter, became known as Mothering Sunday.

    To show appreciation for their mothers, they often brought gifts or a "mothering cake" and over time, it began to coincide with the celebration of the Mother Church. 

    Mother's Day always falls on the second Sunday of March, and like so many other holidays rooted in pagan sun-worship including Father's Day which always falls on the third Sunday of June, usually fall on the day named in honor of their most powerful god -- The Sun!

    Many of our modern Holidays have Pagan roots, and were introduced to us through the Roman Catholic Church.

     

    Helen Lambert     The Little Soap & Candle Company - Scotland     www.thelittlesoapandcandlecompany.co.uk  

     

  2. I started my business by welcoming visitors from around the world to my shop and secret tea garden in the remote north west corner of the Scottish Highlands in 2001. With the help of my husband, I opened a tiny 'tourist shop' with a wide range of gifts and crafts and a small selection of my own products. As there are very few facilities for miles around we added a small number of tables outside in the garden and also sold tea & coffee.

    After a tremendous response from customers to my handmade candles I began to steadily add products to my range, insisting on only the best natural ingredients nature has to offer, herbs, flowers, powdered leaves, essential oils, and skin loving butters. Following the sudden death of my husband, my sons stepped in to help with the business and encouraged me to continue.

    From a range consisting of about 4 different scented candles in 2001, my product range has expanded considerably to include a wide range of evocative scented candles, luxurious organic body care, beautiful natural handmade soaps and gift sets. With a varied price range to suit all budgets.

    I continue to open my shop and secret tea garden in the Scottish Highlands to visitors in the summer months and sell online year round, shipping parcels worldwide.

    In July 2014 I launched a new premium range. Mum & Son. These luxurious candles and Organic body care are the result of months of developing and planning, Elements - The Collection was inspired by living in such a majestic part of the world, surrounded by wilderness where the elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water remain raw and untamed.

    The Little Soap & Candle Company continues to be entirely family owned and operated.

     

    Helen Lambert x