Who started Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is a week from today… but who started the holiday? Mother’s Day celebrates the love we have for our Mothers, Maternal Bonds, and Motherhood in general.

In 1868 Ann Jarvis started the “Mother’s Friendship Day” whose purpose was “to reunite families that had been divided during the Civil War”, and she wanted to expand it into an annual memorial for mothers, but she died in 1905 before the celebration became popular. Her daughter continued the tradition after her mother passed away. A small service was held on May 12, 1907 in the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in West Virginia, where Anna’s mother had been teaching Sunday School. The first “official” service was on May 10, 1908 in the same church, accompanied by a larger ceremony in the Wanamaker Auditorium in the Wanamaker’s store on Philadelphia. The next year, Mother’s Day was reported to be widely celebrated in New York.

Why were carnations given out on Mother’s Day?  Anna Jarvis delivered 500 carnations at its first celebration in 1908. Many religious services held later took on the custom of giving away carnations as well. This also started the custom of wearing a carnation on Mother’s Day. The founder, Anna Jarvis, chose the carnation because it was her mom’s favorite flower. When there was a shortage of carnations, people began giving out other types of flowers to their Moms, generally giving her a bouquet of her favorite ones. Florists began promoting red carnations that you would wear, if your mother was living, or a white one if she has passed away; church goers seem to carry on this tradition today.

In the American tradition of Mother’s Day, we usually give our Mom’s flowers, jewelry, or take or Moms out to her favorite restaurant, to tell her “thank you” for all that you do! What are you doing or giving your mom for Mother’s Day? Do you have a special or funny story or memory that you’d like to share?

Below are a couple funny stories we found about Moms!

DIY, but Mom’s Way ~ While assembling furniture, my friend Debbie asked her roommate’s five-year-old son to bring her a screwdriver.

“Do you want a ‘Daddy’ screwdriver or a ‘Mommy’ screwdriver?” the little boy asked.

Confused but preoccupied, Debbie absentmindedly said, “Bring me a ‘Mommy’ screwdriver.”

The child came back and handed her a butter knife. –  By: Cori Cole

Head of the Household ~ My husband, Jeff, and I incurred several problems while assembling our new computer system, so we called the help desk. The man on the phone started to talk to Jeff in computer jargon, which confused us even more.

“Sir,” my husband politely said, “please explain what I should do as if I were a four-year-old.”

“Okay,” the computer technician replied. “Son, could you please put your mommy on the phone?” – By: Lena Worth

Sources: Mother’s Day and Reader’s Digest

Blog post by ~ Jelene

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