This Sunday is Mother’s Day. What could be considered a Hallmark card holiday, Mother’s Day has an interesting history.
Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at a West Virginia church. She campaigned to recognize “Mother’s Day” to honor her mother, Ann Jarvis. Ann had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Club to address public health issues.
Anna Jarvis wanted to have a day set aside to honor all mothers because they were “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Owing to her efforts, in 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother's Day, to be held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.
By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother's Day cards. Jarvis believed the companies had misinterpreted and exploited the idea of Mother's Day, and that the emphasis of the holiday was on sentiment, not profit. Mother’s Day is an occasion to show your mother gratitude.
Here are a few ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day and I hope you will share how your family will share their love:
- Delight your Mother will coffee or tea or something she enjoys. Breakfast in bed seems somewhat old fashioned for todays on the go moms, but making coffee or tea and bringing this to her on Sunday morning may be a real treat.
- Plan a special day out. Think about something she would enjoy and plan a day together. Maybe go to a favorite park or the beach together with the whole family. What actually is meaningful is spending quality time together. It may be a bike ride or picnic and it doesn’t need to be expensive. I love seeing families walking together in our neighborhood.
- Celebrate Generations. Plan a family party and make sure that all the generations of the family are present in the party. Gather great grand parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts and also all other members of your mother's side. If the weather is permitting then the most perfect location for the celebration would be a barbeque. If you can’t be together physically, create a Mother’s Day card with pictures of her family.
- A Whole Day Rest for Your Mother. Let mother take a day of rest today. She deserves a day off from her usual day.
- Help Other Mothers in Need. Take time to honor all mothers, not just yours. This Mother’s Day, donate to an organization that helps single moms. Their plate is full and helping a single mom is a wonderful effort. Acknowledge mothers who may not have children close by. Visiting a senior living community can be very gratifying because there are many older women who are particularly lonely on Mother’s Day.
- Acknowledge your wives, daughters-in-law and daughters. Take time to honor them, they deserve acknowledgement for their hard work too!