Happy Mother's DayMother’s Day is a day to show your mom how much you appreciate and respect her for all the things she’s done for you. It’s also about making her feel special and loved.Your mom birthed you, raised you and tried to teach you everything you needed to know in life. She is the most important woman in your life. So this Mother’s Day, treat her to a celebration.

What can you do for your mom?

Mothers may include stepmothers, relatives, mothers-in-law, a guardian (eg. a foster parent), or a family friend. Here are some ideas for celebrating Mother’s Day’s with your mom…

  • Give her a card, flowers, or special dessert
  • Arrange a family gathering or visit
  • Get together for a family breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner either at home, at a café or restaurant
  • Make a personal phone call, particularly if you live away from your mom and/or mother figure
  • Write her a Mother’s Day poem and message
  • Give her a gift of chocolate, jewelry, accessories, clothing, hobby equipment or tools, a handmade item, or gift voucher
  • Spend a day at the movies with mom

History of Mother’s Day

Early Mother’s Day celebrations date back to the spring celebrations to honor Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, in ancient Greek civilization, according to some sources. Later, Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom was traditionally a day for people to visit the church where they were baptized, although it now also celebrates motherhood in modern times.

Beginning around 1870, the tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day in the United States can be attributed to two women – Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis. For the next 10 years it continued under Mrs. Ward’s sponsorship, but died out after that. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. In 1908, she played a key role in arranging a church service that attracted 407 children and their mothers. A Mother’s Day International Association was founded in 1912 to promote the holiday in other countries. Mother’s Day has grown increasingly popular since then.

When you grow up, you need to find a new way to say “I love you.” And for those of you who are moms, you need new ways to hear what your own kids are telling you. It will no longer be that paper and glue creation or that bunch of flowers picked from the garden… instead it may be a long-distance phone call or beautiful card. You may not get the luxury of a whole day when you’re the center of attention, but for those few minutes when your kids are wishing you Happy Mother’s Day, you know they are telling you how much you still matter in their lives.

Mother’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate your mom and all her wonderful qualities. Why not make this one the best Mother’s Day she’s ever had?


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