History of Mother’s Day… Plus! Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 however it wasn’t considered a US national holiday until 1914.  Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood and is celebrated throughout the world.  Jarvis actually ended up denouncing Mother’s Day because of its commercialization and spent most of the rest of her life trying to get it removed from the calendar.  Mother’s Day varies in time from place to place, but most celebrate it on the 2nd Sunday in May by giving small gifts or flowers.  Buy jewelry Boca Raton.

While Mother’s Day is a relatively new holiday, the idea of Mother’s Day or celebrating motherhood is nothing new.  In fact, Ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele.  But the clearest modern precedent was the Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday”.  This took place during the fourth Sunday in Lent and was seen as a time the faithful women would return to their “mother church” for a special service.  This was most common in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe.  Over time, children started presenting their mothers with flowers and gifts.  Eventually it faded into what we call Mother’s Day today in the 30’s and 40’s.

As far as the American Mother’s Day go, you can trace it back to the 19th century before the Civil War.  Ann Reeves Jarvis from West Virginia started “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” in order to teach local mothers how to care for their children.  The clubs actually became a unifying force in a region of the country that was separated by the Civil War.  In 1868 Jarvis created “Mothers’ Friendship Day” where mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

One other precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe.  In 1870 she wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation” which asked mothers to unite to promote world peace.  She campaigned for a Mother’s Peace Day that would be celebrated every June 2nd.

The official holiday of Mother’s Day came to be in the 1900’s as a result of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis.  In 1905, her mother died, and Anna Jarvis conceived Mother’s Day as a way of honoring her mom.  In 1908, after financial backing from a department store owner named John Wanamaker, she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia.  Also, on the same day thousands of people attended a similar service at Wanamaker’s department store.

Based off the success from the first Mother’s Day, Jarvis made it her life mission to make Mother’s Day a national holiday.  She often argued that US national holidays were biased towards the achievements of men.  She started a massive letter writing campaign to newspapers and important politicians urging them to adopt Mother’s Day as a national holiday.  Her persistence finally paid off in 1914 when Mother’s Day was made an official holiday by President Woodrow Wilson.  It was established that the second Sunday of May would be Mother’s Day.

Anna Jarvis conceived Mother’s Day as something personal and special between families.  But soon after it was official, card companies and flower business started to make huge profits off of it.  She eventually became disgusted by what she saw going on and urged people to stop buying flowers and cards for their mothers.  She sued business who used the word Mother’s Day to promote products and totally denounced the holiday by the time she died in 1948.  She even actively lobbied the government to remove the holiday.

Today, Mother’s Day traditions vary depending on the country you are in.  For example, in Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of the current queen.  Alternatively, in Ethiopia families gather to eat and sing songs in a multi-day celebration honoring mothers called Antrosht.

In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated by giving mom’s flowers and small gifts and has become one of the biggest consumer spending holidays.  Families also like to give mom a break around the house and often do her tasks for her.

Now, onto the gift ideas:

chanel diamond flap

How about a Chanel handbag?  There is nothing like saying I love you mom than with a Chanel flap bag!  This gorgeous bag is in the black caviar canvas.  It is a special bag because it has diamond stitching.  This bag is super hard to find in stores.  It has gold chain hardware and can be worn as as shoulder bag or cross body.  A classic black Chanel bag is what every mom, heck woman, dreams of owning.

hermes bracelet

Next is this amazing Hermes bracelet.  Hermes is the utmost in luxury brands.  This bracelet is gold plated with white enamel.  It has the signature H clasp that opens and closes the bangle.  You can wear this by itself of stack it with others.  Either way, mom will love it, guaranteed.

cartier agrafe ring

Cartier makes some of the highest quality jewelry money can buy.  They only use the best metals and gemstones to create their one of a kind pieces.  This Agrafe ring is 18k white gold with diamonds.  It retails for over $12,000 but you can buy it for less than $5,000.  How can you say no?