A Brief History on Mother’s Day

It’s that time of year again! Time to celebrate our Mother’s! The love of our life.

When trying to figure out what I wanted to get for my mom, I started thinking about when this yearly tradition actually came about. Probably more delaying the actual goal, an ADD moment brought me to a LOT of information. So much information, that I actually could not believe I had not heard of this before.

I won’t write a dissertation for you. Instead I will give you a brief ‘Readers Digest’ version. A very brief post, because the actual history is very long winded and boring.

Back in 16th Century Europe, Mother’s Day originally honored the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ. It was celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent. They would decorate the church with Jewels, flowers and other offerings.
In 17th Century England it was called “Mothering Day” and was expanded to include Real Live Mothers. Servants and trade workers were allowed to travel back to their home towns to visit their own family.

When the English settlers came to North America, they did not continue to celebrate “Mothering Day”. Although there is no written reason, it is believed that they just didn’t have time to enjoy because of such harsh living conditions and long hours of work.

It wasn’t until centuries later that the first American Mothers Day Proclamation was recognized. Julia Ward Howes was distraught about the Civil War Carnage. She called for an international Mother’s Day celebrating peace and motherhood.

Few cities followed the tradition at first, but it wasn’t declared a National Holiday until 1912 by Woodrow Wilson. And there you go! More than a century later we have our modern Mother’s Day. A day when you better call, write a card, or send flowers (or a gorgeous new Wine Rack with wine to boot) to your loving Mother!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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