History of Mother’s Day
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May 14, 2017 is Mother’s Day this year and next year it will be May 13th 2018. Anna Jarvis recognized the importance of Mothers Day and is considered its founder. She suggested the idea back in 1907 that there should be a day celebrating motherhood. It was not until 1914 Mothers Day became official. In that year President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed “Mothers need to be Celebrated!” and that a day of national observance will be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May. That is why the date varies from year to year.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
The most important thing to do for Mothers Day is to let her know how much she is loved and appreciated. So let’s start planning now to make it a special day for mother. We honor our mothers on this day, showing her how much we love her. There are so many ways you can show your love for your mother from doing simple things for her or buying her the most expensive gift. And trust me, as a mother of six, even the simple things are so appreciated and worth it. Let’s put on our thinking cap and come up with wonderful ways of celebrating mother.
Gift Idea 1: Start with Breakfast
Breakfast in bed has always been a favorite thing to do among families. But I’m speaking for me, I don’t care for having food in my bed. I’d rather have someone cook the breakfast and serve it at the dining table. But that’s just me. Perhaps your mother would love it, and you know her better than I do. But serving her breakfast is a good start.
Gift Idea 2: Give Mom the Day Off
What a wonderful gift, to give mom the day off on Mother’s Day! Even if mom works during the week outside the home, it’s a misconstrued idea if you think she has the weekends off too. Moms put in work all the time. The family needs fed, the house cleaned, she works tirelessly and hopefully without complaint all year long. On her day, give her the day off. Cook her breakfast, lunch, and supper. Clean the kitchen after each meal with a Swedish dishcloth. If there are other things she does normally, like laundry, clean house, walk the dog, etc., do these things for her on this day. Let her do whatever she wants to do. Even if all she wants to do is take a bath, or read a book, or go for a stroll through the mall alone.
Gift Idea 3: Talent Show
Want to show mom a good time? All children have their own special talents. Compose a talent show and put it on for mom. Serve her a refreshing glass of iced tea (or her favorite drink) and let each child perform for mom. Ideas include doing skits, singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument. It will be her own private show of her babies’ best talents.
Gift Idea 4: Handmade Gifts
Moms just love homemade gifts. This takes some good thought and probably help from dad or older siblings, but moms love it when their children make them a handmade gift. The handmade gift could be a painting, a drawing, a wood-working project (think jewelry box, frames, etc.)
Make a quilt, have each child sew their square. Piece it together with larger pieces. This might require the help of a quilter, but I guarantee, mom will love this!
Photo blast! Take the kids for a photo shoot and put it together into a big collage and frame it. Mother will love this, capturing the kids in a photo just for her.
As an added gift, give her a certificate for a family portrait.
Make a scrapbook. Have each child create a drawing or a painting (whatever they do best). Also, create hand print pages, and make sure you put their name and date on each one. Every year new memories can be added to the scrapbook making it a living and loving gift.
Gift Idea 5: Mom’s Choice
Let mom choose how she wants to spend her day. Maybe she’ll want a day off and just read AnyStories: Best Werewolf Stories. Maybe she’ll choose to go with the family and see a movie. Maybe she’ll want to go out to eat. Maybe she’ll want to go shopping and choose a gift. Whatever it is, be sweet and make it an extra special day for mom.
What are your Mother’s Day Gift Ideas?