In America, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, but is it just another “Hallmark” holiday trying to guilt you into spending money on your mom? I realize that question may sound cynical, but I do get people asking me that, mostly by people who feel a little overwhelmed. We like to think that we celebrate the important people in our lives regularly, but we don’t. Holidays, like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or Christmas, give us a time and place to show our love to the ones who matter most. And, who doesn’t deserve to be celebrated more than our parents? Mother’s Day is May 9th 2021!
*Yep, that is me with my Mom sometime in the 80's!*
Mother’s Day actually has ancient Greek and Roman roots with festivals honoring the Mother Goddesses, Rhea and Cybele. Even the Christian church had a festival called Mothering Sunday which encouraged people to come back to the place to where they were baptized, their ‘mother’ church. The United Kingdom and Ireland has historically held Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent since the medieval times, but in modern times, traditions have changed to be less church focused and more mom focused as it took on American practices.
The mom who inspired the Mother’s Day observance movement is a woman by the name of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Prior to the Civil War, she sought to unify and educate moms by helping to create Mother’s Day Work Clubs which taught local women how to properly care for their children. After the Civil War, Jarvis continued her work of unity by organizing Mothers Friendship Day where mothers would gather former Union and Confederate soldiers together for reconciliation.
After Ann Reeves Jarvis’ death in 1905, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, envisioned an observed holiday called Mother’s Day to honor to the sacrifices mothers made for their children. Anna Jarvis partnered with John Wanamaker, a Philadelphia department store owner, to bring Mother’s Day public. In 1908, Anna organized a successful church event while Wanamaker organized a successful event at one of his department stores. She undertook a massive letter writing campaign to politicians and newspapers to encourage both the government and the public that this was a worthy holiday to be on the national calendar. Finally, President Woodrow Wilson officially established Mother’s Day as a holiday to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May every year.
Mother’s Day is not that far away, especially if you want to personalize a gift. I would love to help you celebrate mom! Angela Cisneros Jewelry Concierge brings back the joy and confidence of jewelry shopping, so that you can celebrate with ease! My by-appointment approach means:
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