A time to thank Mum for all she has done

by Anonymous Author

Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honouring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honouring family members, such as Father’s Day.

The celebration of Mother’s Day began in the United States in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a celebration of the mother church, not motherhood). Despite this, in some countries Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.

The modern Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908 in the United States when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, West Virginia.

Anna’s mission was to honour her own mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honour mothers, ‘the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world’. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues.

What to get

Choosing the perfect gift for Mother’s Day can be a difficult task for some, but with a little creative thinking and planning, you can surprise mum with just the right gift to make her smile.

First, put some thought into it. This is the woman who carried you around for nine months, cooked for you, did your dirty laundry and raised you to have some manners.

Don’t go to the store and purchase that first bouquet of roses you find. Consider her interests and what she likes before plopping down some cash on something just for the sake of getting her a gift. Some great gift ideas to consider are:

  • Potted Plants — choose something in a decorative pot or in her favourite colour.
  • Perfume — make sure you know what scent she wears and likes. She might hate floral scents and prefers fruity smells. Do a little recon to find out what she might be running low on.
  • Bird Feeder — if she loves gardening or the outdoors a beautiful bird feeder could be a nice addition to her garden.
  • Spa day — treat mum to a spa day. Nothing melts away the stress more than being pampered. Something as simple as a pedicure and a chance to get away for an hour could be the perfect gift for mum, especially if she is a new mother.
  • Earrings — simple and elegant earrings that she can wear with any outfit are a simple way to let mum know she is appreciated.