Mommy, Mama, Mom, Ma, Maw, Mum, Mother…no matter what you call her, she is special! Mothers are our caregivers, cheerleaders, counselors, and so much more. On Mother’s Day we should take time to honor our mothers, without whom we would not be here. Be sure to do something special for your mom this Mother’s Day, and don’t forget your grandmothers, too. 🙂
The first Mother’s Day can be traced back to spring celebrations held in ancient Greece honoring Rhea, Mother of the Gods. Early Christians celebrated the festival in honor of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ. During the 1600’s, in addition to church services in honor of the Virgin Mary, England extended “Mothering Sunday” to include all mothers.
In the United States, a Mother’s Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”). Miss Howe organized annual Mother’s Day meetings in Boston, Massachusetts. Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia is credited with bringing about the national observance of Mother’s Day. This schoolteacher, who would never become a mother herself, began her campaign to establish a holiday
to honor all mothers in remembrance of her own mother, who died in 1905.
Miss Jarvis and her supporters wrote to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. In 1910, West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. In 1912, the Mother’s Day International Association was incorporated for the purpose of promoting the day and its observance. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the second Sunday in May.
Approximately 50 countries around the world honor mothers with a special day. Not all nations celebrate it on the same day, but the United States, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium all celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.
Mother’s Day article courtesy of www.KnowledgeHouse.info
Gift Idea For Mom… Tissue Paper Flowers
You Will Need:
Tissue paper, green pipe cleaners, jar or vase
What to Do:
Cut 4 pieces of tissue paper 8 1/2″ x 4″ each.
Lay the 4 pieces on top of each other.
Starting at one of the 4″ ends, fold the tissue accordion style. Each should be 3/4″ wide.
Wrap one end of a pipe cleaner securely around the center of your folded tissue.
Carefully separate each layer of tissue paper gently pulling it toward the center of the flower as you go. Arrange in a jar or vase.
5 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day on a Kid’s Budget
1. Make a homemade card,breakfast and pick some fresh flowers from your yard or buy some. Your mom with love it!
2. Do the household chores for her on Mother’s Day and let her have a day of rest.
3. Spend the day with her doing stuff she likes to do for example visit her favorite museum or park. Maybe take her to see a movie she has been wanting to see.
4. Make a poem about what she does for you! Note: Moms love homemade things.
5. Bake a cake and surprise your mom in the morning with it. Be sure to ask for a adults permission to work in the kitchen.
Give your mom a HUG and tell her you love her every day!