Today, the second Sunday in May, we celebrate Mother’s Day.
Being a mom or mother-figure is an amazing, but amazingly tough, job. Truly mothers deserve more than just one day of recognition for all they do. Prior to the early 1900s there wasn’t even that one day.
Mother’s Day Fast Facts:
- Mother’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1914
- Anna Jarvis is considered the founder of Mother’s Day, which she created to honor her late mother and the sacrifices mothers make for their children
- Mother’s Day is celebrated the second Sunday is May so it would always be close to May 9th, the day Jarvis’ mother passed away
- Jarvis’ West Virginia church held Mother’s Day events as early as 1908.
- To get the holiday on the national calendar, Jarvis started a letter-writing campaign to newspapers and politicians, pleading with them to adopt the holiday
- Prior to 1914, Jarvis created Mothers’ Day Work Clubs that taught local women how to take care of their children
- Next, Jarvis created Mothers’ Friendship Day, which brought union and confederate soldiers together with mothers to create reconciliation and healing after the civil war
- The original Mother’s Day was celebrated with a service worship at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia
- Once Mother’s Day became commercialized with cards, flowers, candy, etc. Jarvis became disgusted with the holiday and lobbied to have it removed from the calendar
- Mother’s Day is celebrated differently and on different days in most countries, but common themes include gift-giving, family meals, and church service
- The founder of Father’s Day became inspired to create a national holiday after being inspired by Jarvis’ efforts for Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is not a celebration for all. Whether a reminder of the difficult relationship they have with their mother, the loss of their mother or child, or of the children that never were, this day can be very difficult for some. Be sure to take care of yourself today if this day is hard for you.
How to Celebrate
Looking for a Mother’s Day activity? Try checking out one of Auburn’s many parks or restaurants. You could also spoil your mom with a spa treatment, or go shopping at the Outlet Collection. Having a low-key Mother’s Day with a quiet get together at home will be exactly what some mom’s need. The only get together other mom’s will want is when everyone else gets together and leaves so she can finally have some peace and quiet.
Whatever you choose to do, we hope all mothers and mother figures have a happy holiday!