Mother's Day is here and this global tradition celebrates maternal figures and the warmth and joy they provide to their loved ones. This event can take place at different times around the world but it is most often acknowledged during March or May. While this time is set aside for mothers, there are annual days of gratitude for all sorts of caregivers and loved ones (Nonbinary Parents Day, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, Best Friend Day, National Pet Day, you get the gist?).
Fun Fact: More calls are made on Mother's Day than any other day of the year. Reportedly there are approximately 122 million calls are made on the second Sunday of May every year (Silverman, 2022).
Mother's Day in The U.S.A. & Around the World 🌍
Mother’s Day began to be celebrated in the United States in 1868 when Ann Jarvis organized Mothers’ Friendship Day. This was originally a way for mothers to gather with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation after the Civil War.
While Ann Jarvis and many other people (Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, Julia Ward Howe, and Juliet Calhoun Blakely, amongst others) campaigned to have Mother’s Day recognized on a national level, they were largely unsuccessful.
However, as fate would have it, following Ann’s death in 1905, her daughter Anna Jarvis began hosting Mother’s Day events and advocating for a day that honored motherhood by contacting politicians and writing to newspapers. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure to officially establish Mother’s Day as a national event.
“In addition to the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, Samoa, Georgia, Australia, and Thailand all have designated celebrations to honor their country's mothers (Silverman, 2022).”
Fun Fact: Some countries still observe ancient festivals honoring mothers. In India, people celebrate Durga-puja, a festival that pays homage to the mother goddess, Durga. This festival is a ten-day event that takes place around September or October (Silverman, 2022).
5 Ways To Celebrate Mom This Year
We have always known that parents deserve to be showered with appreciation every day and this was showcased wonderfully in May 2009 in the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message about the importance of mothers.
Fun Fact: Moms aren't the only ones getting Mother's Day love. The average American buys 2.8 Mother’s Day cards, so most people are buying more than just one for their mom. Many people opt to buy Mother's Day cards for grandmothers, sisters, and their mother-in-law as well. More love for moms to go around (Silverman, 2022).
1. Help Her Achieve Her Gardening Goals
Everybody is becoming a #PlantParent right now; your Mom was most likely cultivating a gorgeous garden before it became popular and this Mother’s Day would be a wonderful time to support her gardening goals. Whether you slide her a gift card to pick up some much-needed equipment or get your siblings to pitch in to purchase her dream plant, gardening is the way to go this year.
Don’t Be Basic: Consider deviating from the norm and helping her set up an indoor garden or aquatic garden, not only will it show her how much you care but it could be one of the best gifts she receives on Mother’s Day!
2. Prepare Her Favorite Meal
When was the last time you cooked for your mother? She probably spent more than a few hours preparing meals for you and your family as you grew up and now is the perfect time for you to return the favor!
If you are not sure, just cook something that you make exceptionally well and your Mom will probably love the dish simply because of the effort you put into it. You could also try something new and impressive-sounding like a croque monsieur.
3. Divide and Conquer Those Chores
She is not going to say it, so here it is: Please clean up the house. Go do any chore (bonus points if you do them all) because she will notice and appreciate it. The more you do now, the less she’ll have to do later. Show her that her space is valued and work with other household members to get it done. Your Moss Ball Pet can provide emotional support and your furry friends can help you manage your procrastinating tendencies.
4. Throw A Tea Party
For an unorthodox way to celebrate this fantastic day, go ultra-femme and set up a cute tea party: drinks, hors d'oeuvres, doilies, the works!
5. Honor the Mother(s) In Your Life
Whether the maternal figure(s) you celebrate on Mother’s Day is near or far, you can still take time to honor them and highlight the gratitude that you feel for the care and love that they have imbued into your life.
Fun Fact: The closest thing to Mother’s Day in ancient times would have most likely been a Christian festival that was known as Mothering Sunday.
Happy Mother's Day!
Are you still on the hunt for a fantastic gift for a wonderful mom? If so, don’t worry about it any longer, a moss ball would make a marvelous Mother’s Day gift!
Moss Ball Pets are symbols of long-lasting love and there are many reasons they benefit those that receive a plushy zany moss ball. It would be a lovely gift for the mother who has everything or who never wants a gift.
Mothers are not known solely for their ability to raise children but for their strength in raising children AND maintaining their passions. If you ask any parent, they'll probably share Tina Fey’s sentiment about life as a mother, “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.”
This Mother’s Day, please remember to visit or call your mom, if you can, and let them know that you’re sorry for making them so tired but you’re glad you could make them so happy!
➢ Photo of Mother in Hijab + Baby by M.T ElGassier on Unsplash
➢ Silverman, Leah. “20 Facts about Mother's Day You Most Likely Don't Know.” Town & Country, Town & Country, 18 Apr. 2022, https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/g19561312/mothers-day-facts/.
Author: Tierra C. Watkins
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