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Mother’s Day – The Second Sunday of May.
Have you ever wondered why Mother's Day is celebrated the second Sunday of every May? Do you want to know some things you can do to make Mother's Day extra special? Read on for the answer to these questions and more.
Did Mother's Day begin in the United States?
No. Long, long, ago, in ancient Greece, the people paid tribute to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, each spring. A little later in history it is noted that England paid homage to mothers on "Mothering Sunday," the fourth Sunday of Lent.
In 1872, Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) suggested the idea of Mother's Day, but it was Miss Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), of Philadelphia, who began a letter-writing campaign to a variety of influential people that made Mother's Day a national holiday.
Why did Miss Jarvis think it was so important to have Mother's Day?
Miss Jarvis was very close to her mother Mrs. Anna Reese Jarvis. Anna's mother died in May of 1905, when Anna was 41 years of age. Anna was not married and from the time of her mother's death cared for her blind sister, Ellsinore. Anna missed her mother very much and felt that children should appreciate their mother's more while they're still alive. Anna hoped Mother's Day would increase respect and love and strengthen family bonds.
So when was the first Mother's Day?
In 1907 Anna persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year, 1908, Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.
In 1910 the first Mother's Day proclamation was issued by the governor of West Virginia. Oklahoma celebrated Mother's Day that year also. By 1911 every state observed Mother's Day. The Mother's Day International Association was incorporated on December 12, 1912, with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother's Day.
When did Mother's Day become official?
In May, 1913, The House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the President, his Cabinet, members of Congress, and all officials of the federal government to wear a white carnation on Mother's Day. Congress passed another Joint Resolution May 8, 1914, designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.
On Mother's Day the U.S. flag is to be displayed on government buildings and at people's homes "as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country." President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation moment. Favorite holiday.
making Mother's Day an official national holiday.
Many people give roses on Valentines Day, is there a particular flower I should give my mom on Mother's Day?
Miss Anna Jarvis's mother's favorite flower was the white carnation. This flower was chosen to represent the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love. However, the red carnation has since become the symbol of a living mother while white signifies that one's mother has died.
Do other countries celebrate Mother's Day?
You bet they do! Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium celebrate Mother's Day on the same day as the United States. Other countries celebrate Mother's Day as well, though not on the same day.
What can I do to make Mother's Day special for my mom?
There are all kinds of things you can do to make Mother's Day special for your mom. Here are a few suggestions:
Make mom breakfast in bed.
Do secret acts of kindness, this might include doing one of mom's chores for her.
Do your chores, without being asked.
Get along with your brothers and sisters.
Leave a love letter, for mom, on her pillow.
Use our printables to make a heartfelt CARD.
Check out some great ideas to make mom a homemade GIFT.
Spice up the Mother's Day festivities with an activity or two.
Interview your mother and/or grandmother. Ask questions about her birth, childhood, and what she did when she was a teenager. Find out favorite subjects in school, how she met your father or grandfather. Inquire about her favorite job. What were circumstances and events like when you were born? End the interview by expressing your love for her. Get together with a few other families and play the Mother/Child Game. Divide into four mother/child teams. Ask the mothers to leave the room while the children sit in chairs. Ask the same four or five questions to each child about their mothers. Bring in the mothers and ask them the same questions. Will the mother and child have the same answers? Switch places and see how well the mother's know the children. Award a red carnation to the winning mother/child team.
History and Customs...
In the U.S. Mothers' Day is a holiday celebrated on second Sunday in May. It is a day when children honor their mothers with cards, gifts, and flowers. First observance in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1907, it is based on suggestions by Julia Ward Howe in 1872 and Anna Jarvis in 1907. Although it wasn't celebrated in the U.S. until 1908, there were days honoring mothers even in the days of ancient Greece. In those days, however, it was Rhea, the Mother of the gods that was given honor.
Later, in the 1600's, in England there was an annual observance called "Mothering Sunday." It was celebrated during Lent, on the fourth Sunday. On Mothering Sunday, the servants, who generally lived with their employers, were encouraged to return home and honor their mothers. It was traditional for them to bring a special cake along to celebrate the occasion. In the U.S., in 1908 Ana Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the anniversary of her mother's death. A memorial service was held there on May 10, 1908 and in Philadelphia the following year where Jarvis moved.
Jarvis and others began a letter-writing campaign to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. They were successful. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day a national observance that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
Many other countries of the world celebrate their own Mother's Day at different times throughout the year. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May, as in the U.S.
Some Motherly Advice...
• Always change your underwear; you never know when you'll have an accident.
• Don't make that face or it'll freeze in that position.
• Be careful or you'll put your eye out.
• What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?
• You have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!
• Close that door! Were you born in a barn?
• If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
• Don't put that in your mouth; you don't know where it's been!
What the Bible says about Mothers...
• Gen 3:20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
• Exo 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
• Lev 19:3 "'Each of you must respect his mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God.
• Deu 5:16 "Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
• 2 Ki 4:30 But the child's mother said, "As surely as the LORD lives and as you live, I will not leave you." So he got up and followed her.
• Prov 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.
• Isa 66:13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem."
• Ezek 16:44 "'Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: "Like mother, like daughter."
• Luke 1:43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
• Luke 2:51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
• John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Question Ideas: Favorite color, movie, candy bar, color of toothbrush, memorable moment with you, best friend, hobby, talent, food, animal, cartoon, pizza topping, ice cream topping, restaurant. Most embarrassing
Earth Day. April 22
The first Earth Day was held in 1970. This holiday is intended to create an awareness of responsible stewardship of our fragile planet’s resources.
Earth Day is a good time to make a donation or renew a membership to an environmental organization such as Defender’s of Wildlife, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy or the Sierra Club. There are numerous organizations to choose from but it is a good idea to check out the track record before you make a decision.
Another great idea to make a contribution to saving the planet is to write a letter to your congressional representative regarding some local environmental issue you would like to see solved.
Create a calendar that lists just one thing that can be done for each day of the year that will contribute to the preservation of the earth. That is 365 ideas. One a day. Give these away as gifts. Celebrate Planet Earth!
An educational and creative idea for children to build their awareness about protecting the earth’s resources is to have them make a collage, drawing or poster about an endangered species they care about. Encourage the child to talk about this animal and maybe even help him or her to write to a agency in some other state or foreign country to find out what is being done to protect the animal and it’s habitat. Some good examples include the panda, the manatee or the mountain gorilla. Where do these animals live and what can be done to save them from extinction?
Just think how thrilled your child will be when they receive a response in the mail. And it may even actually do some good for the animal.
Help with a petition drive, surf the Internet for information on how we can improve the quality of the air, water and lives of people and animals world-wide. Make a notebook and fill it with newspaper, magazine articles and notes regarding great ideas. Find out who in your area is a mover and a shaker in solving environmental problems. For instance, the Prairie Lady who lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin was very influential in getting DDT banned. What did she do and how did she do it?
Invite an expert on the environment or endangered species to come a give a presentation to your club or church group and discuss how you can contribute to saving the planet.
Finally, one way to perhaps bring into focus the importance of being good stewards, is to just take the time to take a nature walk. Go out, take the kids, and stop, look and listen to the wonders of nature, even if it only takes you as far as your neighborhood park. Take the time to be intentional and teach your children about the choices you make. To do this will improve the chances for your children’s children to enjoy what you may now take for granted.
For those who wish to learn more about this subject and what you can do to teach children more about environmental awareness there are two resources you can check out at the library or bookstore that are invaluable tools.
Arbor Day – Last Friday in April
Arbor Day is traditionally celebrated the last Friday in April. In many ways it involves many of the same ideals that are celebrated on Earth Day. J. Sterling Morton was successful in convincing state officials of Nebraska to plant trees because he noticed that there was significant soil erosion in his state. That was back in 1872! Because of his pioneering efforts he succeeded in getting more than ONE MILLION trees planted in that first year. Today Arbor Day is recognized all over the county and even in some other parts of the world.
The best way to celebrate Arbor Day is to plant a tree. But, before you start to dig one word of caution! It is important to know and understand where and what your are planting. It is best to consult a landscape architect or nursery before undertaking this project. Check and see if the local garden club or municipal park could use a donation for plantings. Sometimes it is possible to have trees planted in memory of a loved one. Well thought out planning is best for this project.