Traditionally, three Sundays before Christmas are dedicated to the family: Detinjci, the Children's Day; Materice, the Mother's Day; and Očevi, Father's Day. On each of these days the celebrants are tied to an object and their release is obtained with a gift.
On Mother’s Day, children would sneak into their parent’s bedroom, tie up their mother’s feet and shout ‘Mother’s Day, Mother’s Day, what will you pay to get away?’ The mother would then negotiate with her children giving them small treats so that they will release her.
This is one of the few cases where the children receive gifts on Mothers Day, not the Mother!