Tips for making Mother’s Day special for your mom
They have showered us with unconditional love, provided direction in life, been there to dry our tears and celebrate our greatest joys.
We’re talking about moms, of course… and when it comes to doing something nice for the most special people in our lives, we can’t do enough.
Mark your calendar. Mother’s Day is May 14.
A brief historical note
The official Mother’s Day holiday was conceived by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia following the death of her mother in 1905. The first Mother’s Day was celebrated at a local church, and in succeeding years, the observance grew exponentially throughout the nation. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Ms. Jarvis specifically noted that it should be Mother’s Day – with an apostrophe before, not after, the “s” – even though the honor was then, and is today, intended for all moms. She postulated that it should be regarded as a personal celebration for each mom and her family, not a collective observance, though it has evolved as such over 103 years.
Ironically, Ms. Jarvis never had her own Mother’s Day celebration. She never bore children and eventually disowned the holiday. She was vehemently opposed to commercialization of the observance and filed infringement lawsuits against business entities that were using the term “Mother’s Day” in marketing their products and services. That word combination just happened to be a registered trademark she obtained when conceiving the observance and for which she owned exclusive rights at the time.
Making Mother’s Day special for mom
Want to make mom really happy this Mother’s day? It’s not difficult. Consider the following mom-favorites:
- Breakfast in bed is an old standby and is usually a hit.
- Handmade cards from younger children or grandchildren will be well received.
- Give your mother a flower arrangement that you deliver personally, if possible.
- If your mom attends religious services on a regular basis, set aside time to worship with her on Mother’s Day.
- Take mom out to lunch or dinner, but make reservations as far ahead as possible so you don’t have a long wait to be seated. Mother’s Day is one of the year’s busiest at restaurants.
- Many moms will tell you that just being together on Mother’s Day is enough, but a gift of your choosing will certainly have special meaning.
The old expression, “it’s the thought that counts” rings true for many moms. Many will tell you that they are usually very happy with anything they know comes from the heart. It doesn’t have to be expensive.
What’s hot for Mother’s Day 2017? You have to be the judge based on your budget and what your mom would really appreciate. Woman’s Day recently published a list of ideas that won’t strain your wallet.
Regardless of what you may be able spend, chances are you can make mom very happy this Mother’s Day by simply spending time with her. Time is a commodity that can be in short-supply in today’s fast-paced world, but it won’t cost you a nickel to share it with the one for whom nothing you can do is too good.
Happy Mother’s Day!