Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ideas for Mother's Day

“Mother Knows Best.”
Edna Ferbe, 1927

One of 365 days a year is dedicated to the mother - a mother devotes an average of 365 days per year to her family.

No other gift touches my heart as does a home made present for Mother's Day. No matter how full of glue, glitter, smears, smudges, blotches or spots...most importantly, it was made with love! Spending lots of money on Mother's Day is not the idea in my opinion.  I like receiving simple things which I then treasure for years to come.  Here are some inexpensive gift ideas, which may help to jog your family's brains.

A freshly-picked bunch of flowers
A hand-made greeting card
A cut-out paper heart
A breakfast served in bed
A foot massage
A box of chocolates or cookies (home-made)
A photographic or a written collection of memories (collage)
A painted flower pot
A necklace made coloured pasta
A shell decorated photoframe

Mother's Day was initiated in 1907 by the Philadelphia schooltecher Anna Marie Jarvis in honor of her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis. She sought help from hundreds of legislators and prominent businessmen to create a special day to honor mothers.  The first Mother's Day was observed in a church service honoring Anna's mother.  White Camellias which represent sweetness, purity and patience were handed out by Anna.  This was her mother's favorite flower.  In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national day of celebrating mothers.

Since 1917, the Mother's Day is a Swiss national holiday. The trilingual Swiss began celebrating La Festa della Mamma, Muttertag or Fête des Mères. Switzerland was one of the first European countries to adopt the celebration, while some people speculate that the chocolate industry may have pushed for this holiday, knowing that it would boost business, no one will ever know, for sure.  It is celebrated on the second Sunday in May and this year falls on the 8th May.

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...