Mother’s Day is almost here! Here are some facts about Mother’s Day, including why Anna Jarvis, the founder of the holiday honoring our moms, had a change of heart about the occasion she popularized in America.
* Anna Jarvis is considered the found of Mother’s Day in the United States when she sought in 1908 to honor her mother, who had died three years prior and who had organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day” in 1868 to promote reconciliation following the end of the Civil War.
* Although she created the American Mother’s Day, Jarvis was not a life-long supporter of the holiday. As it evolved, she disliked the commercialization that surrounded it. Jarvis was even arrested protesting Mother’s Day and said that she regretted creating the holiday. She eventually tried to have Mother’s Day abolished. Clearly, she was unsuccessful. Guess this is an example of “be careful what you wish for.”
* FTD (The Florist Telegraph Delivery) association offered Jarvis a commission on the sales of Mother’s Day carnations if she would resume her support of Mother’s Day, but she was was insulted by the offer.
* FTD didn’t need Jarvis’ support, as it turns out, because today people spend $1.9 billion annually on flowers for Mother’s Day and 69% of all gifts given are flowers. 13% of moms buy themselves flowers for the occasion.
* In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day a national holiday, but not all lawmakers were on board. New Hampshire Senator Jacob Gallinger found the idea of limiting the celebration of his mother to just one day insulting. Senator Henry Moore Teller of Colorado, a Democrat, felt even more strongly, saying it was both “absolutely absurd” and “trifling.”
* The holiday is technically Mother’s Day, not Mothers’ Day. Jarvis wanted it to be a holiday to honor each individual’s mother, your mother, not all mothers. Thus, the name of the holiday is singular, not plural.
* According to Hallmark, 133 million Mother’s Day cards are given each year. Mother’s Day is the third-largest card-sending holiday in the U.S.
* Many people let their fingers do the walking. Phone calls increase up to 37% on Mother’s Day.
Find more stats on Mother’s Day gifts here.
Happy Mother’s Day to one and all.
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