Moms, without them, we would have never learned how to bake our favorite cookies or how to ride our bikes or even appreciate the values we grew up with but did you know that there is some amazing history behind the day set aside to let moms everywhere know how much we really love them – even if we’re a bit mischievous at times!
The Egyptians celebrated with an annual festival honoring the goddess Isis who was regarded as the Mother of all Pharaohs. The Romans celebrated Cybele and the Greeks embraced Rhea, the Greek Mother of the Gods.
In the 1600’s a clerical decree in England broadened the celebration from “Mother Church” to real Mothers which became Mothering Sunday. It became a one-day reprieve from the fasting of Lent so that families could feast & honor Mothers with cakes & flowers.
When the first English settlers came to North America, they discontinued this celebration and it was not until centuries later that Mother’s Day as we know it came about.
Julia Ward Howe made a Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870, following her feelings of distraught during the Civil War. She called upon Mothers to come together and protest their son’s deaths during the war. She called for a Mother’s Day celebrating peace & motherhood. Although many of her attempts to have this holiday celebrated failed, the seed had been planted.
In 1908 Anna M. Jarvis held the first Mother’s Day celebrations in honor of her Mother at the church she attended. Anna Jarvis arranged for white carnations to adorn patrons in honor of Mother’s that had passed away and 2 carnations were given to every Mother in attendance. By 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed Mother’s Day into national observance, declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Anna Jarvis did protest the commercialization & exploitation of Mother’s Day. By 1948, at the time of her death, over 40 countries around the world observed Mother’s Day!
Most countries around the world choose to honor their Mother’s the same way, giving Mom the day off by cooking and cleaning for her, buying flowers, cards & gifts. Many countries have festivals around this celebration as well. Most of all, Mothers are shown extra special attention & love!
Did you know…
- According to Hallmark (card company) 96% of American consumers take part in shopping on Mother’s Day.
- Florists see their highest sales in May
- US restaurants claim that it is their busiest day of the year
- Long distance telephone calls peak on Mother’s day
- Retailer’s report Mother’s Day is the second highest gift giving day of the year behind Christmas
- The National Retail Foundation predicts Mother’s Day is a $14 Billion industry
Par-T-Perfect has 10 great ideas that you can do for Mother’s Day – whether you spend a little or a lot, do something special for mom!
- Make your mom her favorite breakfast, lunch or dinner AND do the cleaning up after
- Create your own gift – make a card (my mom still has her hand made cards in a keepsake box!), make mom’s favorite cake or cookies, making your own gift adds special meaning. Our picks : Make a home-made card or a wall hanging with a hand print on it, you can use whatever paper or other base you like. Paint the palm of the hand you want to print and press it onto the paper OR how about some Bath salts: combine the desired amount of Epsom salts (enough to fit in your bottle or jar) with food coloring. Mix well so color is even. Add your perfume or essential oil and mix again. Spread the mixture out on a sheet of wax paper to dry for a couple of hours and then put it in the bottle or jar. While the salts can be used right away, the perfume or essential oil will blend better with the salt if it is allowed to set in the jar for a few weeks.
- Let mom have some time to relax – run her a bubble bath (or a bath using the bath salts you made), give her a foot massage
- Send mom to the spa for the day
- Bring home her favorite flowers
- If you live out of town, call and send a card
- Don’t want to cook at home, how about a trip to mom’s favorite restaurant
- Get her a book by her favorite author
- Have a movie night – let mom pick movies & snacks
- Go for a family picnic at mom’s favorite park
Although mom’s will appreciate our ideas, we’re sure whatever you do for your mom will make her feel very special! To all the moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!