This Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day! Millions of Americans will honor their mothers with cards, gifts, flowers, and dinner at a local restaurant. Last year Troy Hall and I shared with you a little about our moms. This year I was really curious about how the Mother’s Day celebration got started, so I Googled “Mother’s Day” and learned some interesting tidbits.
- According to Wikipedia, Mother’s Day was first celebrated in the United States in 1899, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother. She then campaigned to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday – and President Woodrow Wilson signed the law making it official in America.
- The apostrophe is placed between the “r” and the “s” – intentionally encouraging each individual to honor their mother.
- Mother’s Day is also celebrated around the world, but different countries celebrate on different days. My newest daughter-in-law is from France, where Mother’s Day is generally celebrated the last Sunday in May.
What’s the best thing to give your mom for Mother’s Day? Like most gift questions, it depends on her stage of life and personal preferences. Consider these hints:
Busy moms with children at home – consider a gift that allows “kid-free” time. Maybe a gift certificate for a massage, mani-pedi, or classes at a local craft shop
Moms with “out of the nest” children – consider a “technology toy” (iPads, Nooks, Kindles, gift cards for said toys, super fun earphones, etc.) for the item you wrap. But be sure to give them the gift of YOU – your presence, or your voice/face on Skype if there are miles between you.
Grandmoms and Great Grandmoms – definitely give them the gift of your time and attention. Special time with loved ones is far more valuable than anything you can wrap.
However you honor your mom, please make sure she knows how much you love her. I promise you’ll bring tears to her eyes!