Mother’s Day is fast approaching, but did you ever wonder how it came about?
There’s no day quite like Mother’s Day, where children and adults of all ages stop what they’re doing and shower their Mothers with love and appreciation. But although this matriarchal celebration is commonly associated with gifts and cards, Mother’s Day actually has a colourful backstory that many people have never heard.
1. The creator of Mother’s Day was not a Mother.
Anna Jarvis, founder of the holiday, fought for many causes supporting mothers but never had children herself. Her own mother, however, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, had 13 children.
2. The first Mother’s Day (May 10, 1908),was celebrated as the third anniversary of Jarvis’ mother’s death. Three years after her mother passed away, Anna Jarvis organised a ceremony to honor her mother and all mothers.
3. Mother’s Day ranked third (behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day) for “last minute” searches related to gifts. No gift? With only a couple of weeks to go, you’re not alone. …here are some tips according to search trends on Google. Older mums are favoring food and family whilst younger mums are up for an experience day, spa, shopping, sky diving ((the last one isn’t actually a real fact, I put that in for a laugh so don’t get any ideas, Laura and Simon).
4. The founder of Mother’s Day was against the commercialisation of the holiday. According to Malcolm Forbes’ book Women Who Made a Difference, Anna Jarvis said the following. “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. And candy! You take a box to Mother-and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.”
May 9, 2014 Slide Show: Mother’s Day Cartoons. Article By Colin Stokes.
5. The Worst Thing You Can Get Her is Nothing. According to a 2011 Ipsos Reid survey, 41 per cent of mums thought not getting a gift was the worst thing they could receive on Mother’s Day. A gong, a chainsaw and a bag of onions were also on the hate list. (From Readers Digest Article by Matthew Hague)
6. Things Mums Would Never Say.
“Just leave all the lights on, it makes the house look more cheery”
“Let me smell that shirt — yeah, it’s good for another week”
“Go ahead and keep that stray dog, I’ll be glad to feed and walk him every day”
“Well, if Timmy’s mum says it’s OK, that’s good enough for me.”
“I don’t have a tissue with me, just use your sleeve”
“Don’t bother wearing a jacket, the wind-chill is bound to improve”
7. Google infographic says, “Flowers are no longer the go-to gift for Mother’s Day.” Not so good news for the florists, but great if you happen to have a fantastic selection of beautiful candles and home fragrance! If you want to give mum a gift that is truly gorgeous and special, why not have a look at our Mother’s Day Gift Ideas. We are certain we have something for everyone.