Mother’s Day is a special day that is widely celebrated in the United States and in 143 different countries around the globe. It is celebrated to honor mothers, maternal bonds and motherhood. In the US and in Canada, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May but in other countries it is celebrated in another month. Julia Howe, the writer of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, tried to start a celebration of Mother’s Day in 1872. It was an antiwar observance which continued in Boston but after 10 years it had lost its popularity.
The first celebration of Mother’s Day in the US happened last 1914 when Anna Jarvis sent a writing campaign to create a holiday to recognize a mother’s great sacrifice. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Similar celebrations and traditions were done throughout the world over a thousand years ago such as Greek Cult to Cybele, the Roman Festival of Hilaria but the modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.” The latter is a celebration of the mother church and not motherhood. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other gifts of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
Mother’s Day has different meanings and associated with different events and is celebrated on different dates. Celebration of Mother’s Day includes giving carnations which is the most common flower for this special day. Legend states that carnations were made from the tears of Mary, Jesus’ mother, when she wept at his feet on the cross. Pink and red colors are preferred to be given to Moms who are still alive and white flowers are for those who have passed. Approximately one quarter of all the flowers bought for holidays are bought for Mother’s Day. Research has proven that there are health benefits to receiving flowers. In 2013, people spent an average of $168.94 for mom’s gift which bears a total of $20.7 billion, making Mother’s day a bigger commercial holiday than Halloween and Valentine’s Day.
The traditional gifts on Mother’s Day include: flowers, jewelry, gift cards, dinner or lunch in a restaurant, clothing and treats such as a day at the spa. Books, CDs, house wares and gardening tools are popular gifts as well. Approximately 122.5 Million calls are made on Mother’s Day all over the world. That makes an additional 37 percent to the daily average calls each year. Moreover, churchgoing is also popular on Mother’s Day, which yields the highest church attendance after Easter and Christmas Eve.
Top Five Most Appreciated Mother’s Day Gifts (According to 100 Female Respondents with at Least 1 Child)
- Hand Made Card. If you want to tell Mom how much you love and care for her, why not say it through a handmade card? You may buy a readymade card but sometimes not all your thoughts are written in these commercialized card. Although more than 133 Million Mother’s Day cards have been sold last year. It took about fifteen months for a company like Hallmark to create a line up for this day. A handmade card is not only cheap but it’s also unique. You may choose a design that is close to Mom’s heart and make it more personal to show her how much you appreciate everything that she has done for you.
- Flowers. When Mother’s Day was first celebrated, carnation became the popular symbol of the special occasion. Anna Jarvis, the known founder of Mother’s Day in the US, chose carnation because it is the favorite flower of her mother. White carnations are for the great mothers who ever lived while the red carnations are for the mothers who are still living. Mother’s Day later on became a highly commercialized occasion making people spend $1.9 billion annually on flowers and of all the gifts for this celebration, 69% given are flowers. There are moms who buy flowers for themselves on Mother’s Day and they are about 13% of the population in the US.
- A Day at the Spa. According to Forbes magazine, Mother’s Day is the second-biggest consumer-spending holiday, which comes after Christmas. In 2012, spa pampering gifts outpaced technology gifts for mom by ten percent. In a recent Harris Poll, a sampling from ten U.S. metropolitan areas revealed what mothers want most. The number one requested gift for mom was a day at the spa. Approximately $1.53 Billion is spent on spa pampering gifts on Mother’s Day.
- Jewelry. If you are looking for a gift which is better than flowers, the next best thing would be jewelry. Jewelry never fades or withers. It ranks as one of the most appreciated gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day. With a mammoth range of options to choose from, you have to be very careful in choosing the perfect jewelry for Mom. Always take into consideration the choice of your Mom since the gift is meant for her and not you.
- Candies. The easiest gift that one can give on Mother’s Day is candies. Mom is a very sweet person and because of her kind heart and charming personality, candies and chocolates are among the top 5 gifts on Mother’s Day. These scrumptious and delectable treats surely give delight to our hardworking Mom’s palate. Candies can even be personalized and are usually stored in beautiful keepsakes on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day is not just about gift giving and parties, let’s not forget the reason behind this special occasion and that is to give thanks to our wonderful Mom. Show her and appreciate her more on Mother’s Day, don’t forget to thank her through gifts but the best gift of all is your love and affection. Nothing beats the warm and tight hugs, the multiple kisses and a simple “thank you”. No matter what way you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day, ensure that you’ll make Mom happy and proud. Make her feel loved and appreciated on this special tribute made just for her.