This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13, 2012. In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. In some countries it was changed to dates that were significant to the majority religion, or to historical dates.
Mother’s Day origins on history.com
During the Middle Ages the custom developed of allowing those who had moved away to visit their home parishes and their mothers on Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. This became Mothering Sunday in Britain, where it continued into modern times, although it has largely been replaced by Mother’s Day.
Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, whose mother had organized women’s groups to promote friendship and health, originated Mother’s Day; on May 12, 1907, she held a memorial service at her late mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia. Within five years virtually every state was observing the day, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday. Although Jarvis had promoted the wearing of a white carnation as a tribute to one’s mother, the custom developed of wearing a red or pink carnation to represent a living mother or a white carnation for a mother who was deceased. Over time the day was expanded to include others, such as grandmothers and aunts, who played mothering roles. What had originally been primarily a day of honour became associated with the sending of cards and the giving of gifts, however, and, in protest against its commercialization, Jarvis spent the last years of her life trying to abolish the holiday she had brought into being.
Mother’s Day gift ideas
Moms don’t want their children spending money on them. A mother’s one true desire on Mother’s Day is to see and spend time with her babies (no matter how old or young they may be). The very best gift to give your mother this year is the gift of your time and attention.
Outside of your time, consider these other Mother’s Day gift ideas:
- Hand crafted beaded jewelry
- A CD with her favorite music
- Learn to play a new piece on the piano for her enjoyment
- Breakfast in bed
- Dinner at her favorite restaurant
- Cook a classic meal for her
- Make her a pie
Make your mom feel loved and extra special this year on Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to mark your calendar with ‘Mother’s Day plans’ on Sunday, May 13, 2012. Make it a day where you shower her with all the love she showered you with as a child.
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