Pinterest

Germany: Mother's Day –Muttertag

Oma Gerhild

by: Gerhild Fulson  /  Cookbook Author, Blogger, German Oma!

In Germany, Mother's Day is observed with much celebration. Traditionally, Muttertag as it is known in German, is celebrated on the second Sunday in May unless it falls on Pfingsten (Pentecost). Then it is celebrated on the first Sunday.

Originally a celebration of mothers who produced children for the Vaterland, (Father's land), it was first observed in 1922. Medals, das Mutterkreuz, were awarded to these Moms.

In 1933, it became an official German holiday and became a celebration of gratitude to mothers by their children instead.

A tradition that is still seen today is the wearing of a white carnation in remembrance of a mother that has died or the wearing of a red carnation in honor of a mother that is still living.

In Germany, Mother's Day gift-giving is traditional with flowers, chocolates, and perfume being the norm.

German Holidays: Mother's DayMy favorite flowers are daisies! Love these!

Taking Mom out to brunch or dinner is part of the way of honoring her. However, much more special is when the kids prepare the brunch or dinner for Mom.

Therefore Mother's Day brunch ideas and Mother's Day dinner ideas are hot topics to research. Easy and delicious are the requirements because Mom is special and is deserving of something very special.

We loved to make our Mutti a special breakfast when we were little. Not sure anymore what we made, but we always tried to include some fresh cut tulips from the garden.

It's interesting because "what we sow, we reap." My children also did the same for me, cutting tulips and flowering almond branches to decorate my breakfast table.

And, of course, there was always some special cake or dessert to follow in the afternoon for Kaffeeklatsch.

Grab your copy of Oma's favorites in her Special Occasion German Cakes & Tortes e-Cookbook.

Take a look at Oma’s Special Occasion Cakes & Tortes eCookbook and enjoy the traditional taste of German cuisine!

Take a peek at all Oma's eCookbooks. They make sharing your German heritage a delicious adventure!

Below are some ideas of how to make Mom's day very special.


Mothers Day Brunch Ideas

Serve a Brunch buffet with a variety of buns, breads, and rolls. Making your own Sweet Rolls would be a treat.

Serve plates with "German cold cuts" (variety of deli meats) and different types of German cheeses. Include a veggie tray and a fruit tray.

Apple Oven Pancake, a souffle-like pancake served hot from the oven, would be a real treat to include.

For a more substantial brunch, traditional Hoppel Poppel and a Lettuce Salad would be ideal additions.

For dessert, Rote Grütze would be a traditional finish to the meal. Serve this with cream and fresh strawberries to decorate.

Use your best china, crystal, and linens and decorate the table with fresh flowers.


Mothers Day Dinner Ideas

Serve a dinner that includes Mom's favorite dishes but that's easy to make.

If Rouladen are Mom's favorite, either make them or my easier version called Flatladen, just as delicious but quicker to make.

Serve these with Potato Dumplings and Red Cabbage.

Dessert could be either Eis und Heiss or a traditional Rote Grütze.

Use your best china, crystal, and linens and decorate the table with fresh flowers.

You might like these


Follow Oma on Social Media:

Leave a comment about this recipe or ask a question?

Pop right over to my private Facebook group, the Kaffeeklatschers. You'll find thousands of German foodies, all eager to help and to talk about all things German, especially these yummy foods. 

Meet with us around Oma's table, pull up a chair, grab a coffee and a piece of Apfelstrudel, and enjoy the visit.

Newest Recipes

  1. Hasselback Potatoes – Oma's Fächerkartoffeln >

    hasselback potatoes 600opt
    Make these Fächerkartoffeln aka Hasselback Potatoes with either regular or sweet potatoes. Make them extra crispy with cheese and breadcrumbs and you have a treat that's amazing!

    Go to Recipe

  2. German Pork Knuckle Recipe (Schweinshaxe): Crispy Roasted Hocks >

    roasted pork hocks with knife
    Discover Oma's secret recipe for making crispy-skinned Bavarian Schweinshaxe (roasted pork knuckles). Authentic taste of Germany's traditional dish. Perfectly wunderbar.

    Go to Recipe

  3. Oma's Kartoffelklöße – German Potato Dumplings >

    german potato dumplings 1600 web
    German potato dumplings, aka Kartoffelklöße and Kartoffelknödel, invoke great memories of my Mutti's Sunday dinners. Using cooked potatoes, she created these scrumptious traditional dumplings!

    Go to Recipe

*  *  *  *  *

Words to the Wise

"Ears to hear and eyes to see -- both are gifts from the Lord."

Proverbs 20:12 (NLT)

Copyright © | Quick German Recipes (Just like Oma) | All Rights Reserved

Powered by: Make Your Knowledge Sell!

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Quick German Recipes participates in various affiliate advertising to provide a means to earn advertising fees by linking to retail websites. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I will not promote products I do not own or would not buy myself. My goal is to provide you with product information and my own personal opinions or ideas.  At times, I will showcase services, programs, and products. I aim to highlight ones that you might find interesting, and if you buy future items from those companies, I may get a small share of the revenue from the sale. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS PERFORM DUE DILIGENCE BEFORE BUYING GOODS OR SERVICES ONLINE.


Quick-German-recipes.com does not sell any personal information

copyscape image