Where Did Mother’s Day Come From?

We’ve been so busy giving you gift ideas and sharing lessons our moms taught us, we’ve forgotten the meaning of Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day became a U.S. holiday in 1914 after Anna Jarvis spent years sending letters to public officials urging them to set aside a day to honor mothers. Her own mother died in 1905. While Jarvis was happy when the day was recognized by President Woodrow Wilson, she became embittered by what it developed into over the years. “Mother’s Day has nothing to do with candy. Candy is junk. You give your mother a box of candy and then go home and eat most of it yourself, or else you give her hard candy that breaks her teeth or dentures. … It’s really a shame to waste flowers for Mother’s Day. Florists have made millions of dollars out of my idea and they don’t deserve it.”

Instead of worrying about what to buy Mom during a last-minute shopping trip, why not spend the day with her or write a thoughtful note? But don’t use a printed greeting card. Jarvis disapproved of those, too. “A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” [Newswise]