The History of Mother’s Day
Have you ever wondered how Mother’s Day became a national Holiday? The history may surprise you!
Mother’s Day as we know it began in 1905 by a woman named Anna Jarvis after the death of her Mother, Ann Jarvis. Anna wanted a day solely dedicated to honoring and appreciating the sacrifices that mothers make for their children. In 1908 after gaining financial backing from John Wanamaker, a Philadelphia department store owner, Anna organized her first Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist Church in West Virginia. Following the success of the first Mother’s Day Anna resolved to have it put on the national calendar, arguing that American holidays were biased towards male achievements.
In 1914 Anna’s dedication paid off when President Woodrow Wilson made the second Sunday in May the official holiday of Mother’s Day and added it to the American national calendar.
Jarvis’s ideals of Mother’s Day were to dedicate and honor your mother by showering her with tokens of appreciation. Her version of the day involved wearing a white carnation as a badge and visiting one’s mother or attending church services. Though, to Anna’s dismay, once it became a National Holiday it was commercialized to no end by florists, card companies and other merchants. Jarvis denounced this and eventually spoke out about the commercialization of the Holiday and actually launched countless lawsuits, eventually spending her life’s wealth in legal fees.
By the time of her death in 1948 Jarvis had disowned the holiday altogether, and even actively lobbied the government to see it removed from the American calendar.
What is Mother’s Day really about?
- Since 1900 it’s been a day that children honor the sacrifices mothers make for them.
- Husbands giving appreciation to their wives for mothering their children.
- Appreciating and honoring your mother by showering her with tokens of appreciation.
How can you shower your mother with love this year?
- Take her to brunch
- Bring her breakfast in bed
- Adorn her with jewelry
- Spoil her with a spa day
- Clean the house
- Buy her flowers, chocolate and wine