Mothers around the world will be celebrated on Sunday the 13th day of May. According to Wikipedia, Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.
In the United States, Mother’s Day began approximately 150 years ago by an Appalachian homemaker, Anna Jarvis. It was originally called, “Mother’s Work Day.” It was a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions within her community. Anna Jarvis passed away in 1905 and hoped her daughter, also named Anna, would carry on the tradition. Anna began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother.
Traditionally, Mother’s Day was celebrated by going to church, writing, and sending letters to mothers. As years passed Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed the day of sentiment was being sacrificed and was only about greed and profit. Anna Jarvis filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother’s Day festival. Later she was arrested for disturbing the peace at a Mother’s Day convention selling carnations for a wartime mother’s group. Prior to her death in 1948, Jarvis admitted she had regretted starting the Mother’s Day tradition.
The Mother’s Day tradition has flourished in the United States. It has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and telephone companies record their highest traffic.
What might you do to make your mother feel special on Mother’s Day? Here are few ideas in case you’re at a loss for ideas or if you are on a budget.
Cook breakfast or treat your mother to a brunch.
Enjoy the day poolside or relax at the spa.
Go for a walk and/or hike together.
Pull out the photo albums and reminiscence together.
Plan to spend more time together or talk if you are miles away from one another.
Begin an activity together: walking, hiking, yoga, scrapbooking, etc.
Most importantly make a memory on Mother’s Day. Express to your mother how much you care and love her. This will mean more than any card. Wishing all of the mother’s and mother’s to-be a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY.