10 Things You Didn’t Know About Mother’s Day

A mom’s job is never done. She worries about us, no matter how old we are. She wants the best for us, no matter what we’re doing. Moms want us to be happy and healthy, and if that means feeding us until we’re stuffed or reminding us to wear a jacket when it’s not that cold, she’s entitled to it.

 

Mother’s Day is nearly here (Sunday, May 14), and if you haven’t bought a card, ordered flowers, or decided where you’ll take her for lunch, now is the time. We celebrate Mother’s Day without thinking much about it, but here are a few things you might not know about the holiday.

 

  1. The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1908 by Anna Jarvis who honored her mother with a memorial.
  2. Anna Jarvis began a committee called “Mother’s Friendship Day” after the Civil War to reunite families.
  3. In 1912, she trademarked both “Mother’s Day” and “the second Sunday in May.”
  4. By 1914, Mother’s Day was declared a U.S. holiday by President Woodrow Wilson.
  5. On Mother’s Day over 122 million phone calls are made to moms.
  6. We spent about $21 billion in 2016 to celebrate Mother’s Day.
  7. The most common flower given to moms is the carnation.
  8. More than 130 million Mother’s Day cards are exchanged each year.
  9. Mother’s Day is celebrated in more than 50 countries, although not on the same day.
  10. The tasks moms perform at home would be worth $67,619 each year in the professional world this year.

 

After that last one, you really need to call your mom, send her a nice card, or spend time with her on Mother’s Day. Check out the list below if you don’t have plans yet. Note: Most events require reservations.

 

Mother’s Day Victorian Tea (May 13)

Mother’s Day Brunch at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Mother’s Day Brunch at Emerald Grande

Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise

Mother’s Day Brunch at Beach Walk Cafe

 

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