Are you that Dad that just thinks Mother’s Day is a Hallmark, made-up holiday? Well here is a little history lesson for you. Mother’s Day actually dates back to the 19th century! And actually was created by a woman named, Anna Jarvis.
Mother’s Day actually started by teaching local Mom’s how to properly care for their children.
These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation. -source
In 1905 Anna Jarvis’ mother passed and as a result she wanted to make the holiday as a way of honoring the sacrifices all mothers made for their children. This is a woman who did not have any children nor a husband but she thought it was important enough to celebrate all that mothers did. After lobbying, writing letters and getting support by a retailer she was able to finally see her plan in action in May 1908. After her first successful Mother’s Day celebration she was able to see it added to the national calendar.
In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the measure that would state, officially, the second Sunday in May would be Mother’s Day. Do I have your attention, yet? Yes, the President of the United States signed it into action…not Hallmark!
So before you say that “Mother’s Day is a Hallmark Holiday” – THINK AGAIN because it’s NOT.
Now if you did not do anything special for the mother of your child(ren) you still have some time to go and at least say “Thank you for everything you do.” Because at the end of the day, the only thing a Mom ever wants is to know all of the sacrifices she has endured and does every minute of every day, is appreciated by her kids and YOU….the father of her children.
Now next year, take some time and do something special for her. If you need some ideas, check out this post.