This Sunday, May 14th, is Mother’s Day. I’m sure you’ve planned something special to honor and celebrate your Mom, Grandmother, and Mother-in-Law. There are many Mother’s Day traditions which will show her how much you love and care for her.
Before we get to some of the best ways to honor Mom, I thought it might be a good idea to find out how this celebration of motherhood actually began. According to Wikipedia.org, the modern holiday was first celebrated in the United States in Grafton, West Virginia in 1907. That’s where a woman named Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day “Service of Worship” at her church.
Believe it or not, the following year, the United States Congress actually rejected a proposal to proclaim a national Mother’s Day observed holiday. Who would vote against Mom? Well, women did not have the right to vote back in 1908, so I guess those foolish men felt it was unnecessary.
It was U.S. President Woodrow Wilson who signed a proclamation in 1914 which designated the second Sunday in May “as a national holiday to honor mothers.” Well done, Mr. President!
I kept reading the Wikipedia.org article about Mother’s Day. I was surprised to learn that Anna Jarvis, the woman responsible for organizing the first Mother’s Day service, and for urging all of the states in the nation to set aside a day to honor Moms, would come to resent the commercialization of the holiday. She actually organized boycotts against Mother’s Day celebrations and the companies and industries which she felt exploited her initial idea of what the holiday was all about. Per Wikipedia: “Jarvis argued that people should appreciate and honor their mothers through handwritten letters expressing their love and gratitude, instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards.”
Does anybody create handwritten letters anymore? Don’t even think about sending your Mom a quick text that just reads “Happy Mother’s Day.” Instead, scroll down and check out some of today’s most popular Mother’s Day traditions which will show your love and gratitude towards Mothers, Grandmothers, and Mothers-in-Law.
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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.