Origin of Mother’s Day

Shopping | | May 13, 2007 at 08:36

mothersday.jpgEver wonder how we got started with Mother’s Day? Cynics believe it is a huge conspiracy started by Hallmark to promote additional sales of greeting cards, a movement quickly reinforced by the chocolate and florist industires. But truth is, although there has been collosal commercial advantage to the holiday, it has its roots in the efforts of Julia Ward Howe who wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 to unite women against war. She copied the idea from the Brits who held a similar vision of womanhood and peace. But today even the UK uses their special day to thank their moms for being moms.

Howe never succeeded in getting formal recognition for a Mother’s Day for Peace and her movement coalesced with that of Ann Jarvis, who had attempted Mother’s Work Days in 1858 to improve sanitation. Her daughter Anna Jarvis started the actual crusade for a memorial day for women, the first being celebrated in Grafton, West Virginia on May 10, 1908. The holiday was declared official in some states in 1912 and nationally by Pres. Woodrow Wilson in 1912, following the original concept of peace by naming it a day for citizens to fly the flag in honor of mothers who had lost sons in war. It only took nine years before the commercialization of the holiday caused Anna Jarvis to become a fervent opponent.

Mother’s Day is the number one day to dine out. Champagne brunches, massive buffets, elegant menus – just about every restaurant in town has got something going for Sunday, May 13. Give your mom a great big hug and tell her “you love her” and appreciate all that she has done for you – along with a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates and a work-free day, of course!

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