10 Exciting Things To Do For Mom On Mother’s Day
How It All Began?
Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show love and gratitude to mothers. For at least one day during the year, we celebrate their hard work and dedication. But have you ever wondered when the event really started?
Some historians trace the roots of Mother’s Day to the ancient spring festivals honoring maternal goddesses. Greeks honored Rhea, the wife of Cronus and the mother of the gods and goddesses of Greek mythology. The Ancient Romans had a spring festival honoring Cybele, also a mother goddess. This event was called Hilaria and lasted for three days. It was celebrated with parades, games, and masquerades.
In the United States, the celebration of Mother’s Day was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe, famous for writing the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, in 1872. However, the efforts to nationally recognize Mother’s Day came from a woman who never experienced being a mother.
In 1907 in Grafton, West Virginia, Anna Jarvis held a ceremony in honor of her mother, who had died a couple of years earlier. Prior to her death, Jarvis’ mother tried to establish Mother’s Friendship Days as a way of dealing with the aftermath of the Civil War. She started campaigning for the creation of a national holiday honoring mothers. She and her supporters wrote to ministers, businessmen and politicians, and their efforts proved successful.
Three years after, in 1910, Jarvis’ home state of West Virginia became the first state to recognize Mother’s Day. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson dedicated the second Sunday of May every year as Mother’s Day. For the event, Jarvis used white carnations as a symbol for mothers because the flower represented sweetness, purity, and the endurance of a mother’s love (Today, white carnations were used for a mother who has died and red carnations for a living mother).
In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases “second Sunday in May” and “Mother’s Day,” and established the Mother’s Day International Association. She noted that “Mother’s” should be singular possessive, for individual families to honor its mother, not plural possessive honoring mothers of the world.” This was the same spelling used by President Wilson during his proclamation, by the U.S. Congress in relevant bills, and by other U.S. presidents making Mother’s Day proclamations.
Although she was credited for the successful founding of Mother’s Day, Jarvis soon became resentful to the commercialization and became angry that companies would profit from the holiday. By the early part of the 1920s, Hallmark and other companies began selling Mother’s Day cards. She became bitter by what she perceived as misinterpretation and exploitation that she filed a lawsuit stopping a 1923 Mother’s Day event and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling white carnations. Anna Jarvis neither married nor had children. She died in 1948.
Soon Jarvis’ holiday was adopted by other countries and has now become a worldwide celebration. In some countries, the date was changed to make it compatible with current celebrations such as Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom and in Greece, the celebration of the presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple. Likewise, some countries moved the celebration to a date that was significant to the majority religion such as Virgin Mary Day in Catholic countries. Still, in other countries, the date was of historical significance. In Bolivia, for example, Mother’s Day was the date of a battle where women took part. Today, there are currently 143 countries that commemorate Mother’s Day.
With Mother’s Day in the horizon, children, fathers, and husbands are already planning possible activities that they will be doing for their mothers, wives, and mothers of their children to make the event a memorable one. Branders.com recommends ten exciting things that you can do for these amazing women this coming Mother’s Day:
1. Breakfast in Bed
Mothers are usually the first ones up so that they can make breakfast for the little ones and for their spouse. They also ensure that the kids are already dressed for school. Usually, they will be the last ones to eat breakfast when everyone had already taken theirs. Since its Mother’s Day, you can return the favor and prepare her breakfast in bed.
2. Give Her A Mother’s Day Greeting Card And Flowers
This is the most common thing being done during Mother’s Day. Recent statistics coming from CNN.com revealed that 65% of card sales take place five days before Mother’s Day. An infographic prepared by Littlewoods.com showed that £56,250,000 (US$95,413,500) were spent by Americans on Mother’s Day cards Likewise, consumers purchase an average of 2.8 Mother’s Day cards. Aside from that, Mother’s Day ranks third in terms of the amount being spent by customers after Christmas and Valentine’s. On a yearly basis, 141 million Mother’s Day cards are exchanged in the United States.
With the boom of the Internet, it is also possible to also send electronic cards to your mom on Mother’s Day. There is a bevy of free online ecard websites on the Internet today. They are convenient to use and can be instantly sent to their inbox after clicking “Send” from the website.
Another common way of celebrating Mother’s Day is giving of flowers. The event represents one-fourth of all Holiday sales of flowers and plants. More people buy fresh flowers and plants for Mother’s Day than for any other Holiday except Christmas and Hannukah.
3. Make Her A Tribute Video
You can have your relatives and family involved in this project. Aside from that, her old friends, former classmates and office colleagues, and others can also be a part of the video. With the proliferation of video making tools on the Internet as well as on various gadgets, making the tribute video can be a fun and creative venture. You can search in the drawer for some old photos or use her favorite song as the background music. Remember this is an expression of love and gratitude so give all your time and effort in the creation of the video.
4. Take Her Out On A Romantic Date
When was the last time did she have a date? Can you recall the last movie she watched or the last time she went shopping? Well, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to bring back old memories and let her experience those moments again.
Just for one night, give her time off from the usual chores she does and take her out on a date. You can watch a movie that she likes. If the film is not your liking, then just bare with her. After all, this is her night. After movie time, you can have dinner at a restaurant or venue she used to go to. If she is not into movies, there are many excellent alternatives such as taking her to the opera house to listen to jazz or watch ballet or an art gallery for some art appreciation.
5. Give Her A Much Needed Vacation
For everything that she has done for you or your children, a well-deserved vacation would be a nice gift. Find out the places where she wants to go best and plan her vacation. To make her more relaxed and less stressful, include accommodations and the activities lined up. This way, all she has to do is just relax. Make sure that you have a Plan A and Plan B in terms of the accommodations and the activities so that she can make the necessary changes to the plan you made.
6. Do Household Chores For Her
Since its Mother’s Day, free her from doing household chores. Let her have the day off. Delegate responsibilities as to who will wash the dishes, clean the rooms, groom the pets, or walk the dog. Likewise, you can have one of the family members prepare lunch or dinner. Or you can do the cooking part. Cook one of her favorite meals and set the table while she relaxes and enjoy the meal.
Take note household chores also includes other things such as taking care of your children or siblings. By doing this, you will slowly find out how difficult the job of being a mother is and truly appreciate everything they have done and are continually doing.
7. Offer Her A Spa Treatment
If you plan to do this, do it with caution as it could be one of the most sensitive activities that you can give for Mother’s Day. If you offer her a facial, you could be misunderstood of reminding her that she is getting old already. Likewise, you could be misinterpreted as implying that she smells bad. Use the word “pampering” instead to make things more exciting and interesting. There is a more subtle way to make an offer such as a “soothing” massage, a day at the hair salon, or a gym session.
8. Buy Her A Gift
According to the National Retail Federation, it is projected that American consumers would spend around $20 billion in commemoration of Mother’s Day. One helpful tip when buying gifts for Mother’s Day is to make sure that it is something that she needs or she has talked to you about. With the bevy of choices, what would your mother really like to receive for Mother’s Day?
A recent survey by TechBargains.com, a top deal aggregation website for electronic products, revealed the following figures on what gifts mothers would want to receive on Mother’s Day:
- 91% of mothers would prefer receiving an iPad instead of a flower
- On what tech gift they would want to receive, 51% said that they want a tablet and from this number, 58% wants to get an iPad for Mother’s Day
These figures are not surprising at all considering that 39% of mothers are knowledgeable in using basic tech gadgets.
When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, these items are not recommended: 1) cleaning equipment, 2) cooking utensils or appliances, 3) weight related, 4) a new puppy, 5) gift cards, 6) self-help books, 7) World’s Best Mom custom t-shirts, 8) Wrinkle Cream
9. Create A Photo Album of Memories
If creating a video seems too challenging, you can opt for the much easier photo album of memories. This way, you can add a little touch of creativity and personality. The good thing about this is that it creates an opportunity for reinforcing family relationships. You can do a scrapbook approach for this. You can put together old pictures into one photo album. This is where your resourcefulness will come in. This way, memories will truly last a lifetime for her.
10. Words Get In The Way
You can give her all the spa treatments, vacations, or gifts that she can have but still nothing can top the thought of telling her how much she means to you and saying how much you love and appreciate her. You can put your words into writing through a poem or a simple letter.
These are just ten possible ways you can celebrate Mother’s Day. The bottom line is that our appreciation and love for mothers should not just be limited during Mother’s Day but throughout the year. Mothers are truly modern day superheroes. Just imagine having to juggle work and rearing a family or raising their kids by themselves. So if you can find the time to give your moms a hugs or a kiss, just do so. Believe me, it is a gift that no amount of gadgets or pampering in a spa can ever replace.
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