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Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.  The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.  Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who had cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.  Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing the work she had started and to set aside a day to honor mothers.  In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.  Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over the world.  By the early 1920’s, Hallmark and other companies had started selling Mother’s Day cards.  Mother’s Day continues to be one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions.  It is possible that the holiday would have withered over time without the support and continuous promotion of the florist industries and other commercial industries.

 

For some of the last minute gift givers here are some thoughtful gift ideas that mom will love:

★     Your Favorite Childhood Book- Buy mom a copy of your favorite childhood book and write a thank you note inside to mom thanking her for always reading to you as a child.  If you don’t have a favorite and want a real tear jerker try “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch she will love it!!

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★     Make Mom A Playlist- Burn mom a CD or make a spotify playlist of music that you know she will love, it’s a great way to show her how much you pay attention to her interests.

★     Plan A Movie Night- Whether you head out to dinner and the movie theater or rent a DVD and cook mom her favorite meal at home, a special movie night with just the two of you is sure to make mom happy. 

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★     Ten Things I Love About You- Start by taking cardstock and cutting it into 2”x3.5” pieces and punch a hole in the top left corner of all of them.  On each card write one thing you love about mom.  You may want to add old photos, magazine cut-outs, letters, thank you notes and other things that remind you of mom as fillers.  Loop the cards onto a binder ring.  Now you have a beautiful keepsake book that mom will love.

★     Last But Not Least- Survey after survey reveals what moms really wish for is a little R&R, ideally an entire day off from all responsibilities and to spend some quality time with their kids.  So this Mother’s Day show that special lady in your life how much she means to you in your own special way. 

 

 

 

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