We hope that you are all taking some time this weekend to appreciate your moms on Mother’s Day. Do you know the history of how Mother’s Day was started? The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies started selling Mother’s Day cards. I guess you could call that the power of one!
Woodrow Wilson wasn’t the only president to put his stamp on Mother’s Day. Franklin Delano Roosevelt personally designed a 1934 postage stamp to commemorate the day. Anna Jarvis didn’t approve of the design and refused to allow the words “Mother’s Day” to appear on the stamp—so they never did. “Overall, she thought the stamp ugly.”
The white carnation, the favorite flower of Anna Jarvis’s mother, was the original flower of Mother’s Day.
“The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother love never dying,” Jarvis explained in a 1927 interview. More on this read here.
The best gift you can give your mom is your time and attention.