Mothers' Day.... I remember the first one I celebrated after just having found out that I was expecting my first child. It was so special even though he wasn't here yet. It was the first time I really realized the bond we had as he grew inside me.
Mothers' Day.... I use the plural possessive in referring to this holiday, because it is is a day belonging to or commemorating all mothers, not just one. The legislation that officially names the holiday in the U.S., unfortunately uses the singular possessive as though the day belongs to only one mother, but it belongs to many mothers and many types of mothers. Throughout history people have celebrated Mothers' Day though the modern day Mothers' Day as we know it was not celebrated in the US until 1908 when it was created by Anne Jarvis (though Julia Howe first issued a proclamation asking for a Mothers' Day in 1870). President Wilson made it a national holiday beginning in 1914. Anne Jarvis became so disgusted with the commercialism of the holiday as the years went on that she actually became an opponent of the holiday and refused to celebrate the holiday again. Anne Jarvis does have a point in the fact that Mothers' Day has become a Hallmark holiday. Jarvis preferred a handwritten note or homemade gift to mom as opposed to buying items. However in the modern day, when moms and dads are so busy, the two parent working family has become more of the norm, and kids are so busy, it is hard to find time to sit down and craft or write a letter. It is my personal belief that you can do a happy mix of both and in our house we do. We made handprint cards and went out to eat for brunch at one of my fave brunch places: The Flying Bridge in Falmouth. But there is nothing wrong with buying a card or a gift for your mother especially since there are so many crafty and creative Mom owned businesses out there who know exactly what moms want.
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