As a change from wedding anniversaries, I thought I would add another well-loved celebration, that of Mother’s Day. Here in the UK, it will be on 31st March, and in the US, it is celebrated on 12th May. The tradition actually began in the United States, in 1908, and was the idea of Ann Reeves Jarvis, a peace activist who assisted wounded soldiers in the American Civil War. Her mother died in 1905 and she campaigned tirelessly to create a nationally recognised holiday to celebrate Mother’s Day. In 1914, it was officially declared by Woodrow Wilson, that it would be celebrated annually on the second Sunday in May.
Commercialism and Backlash
However, Jarvis soon came to regret having started this celebration, as she felt it had become commercialised, and in fact, she went on to organise boycotts of Mother’s Day. This was, in part, due to the fact that Hallmark had begun to sell cards and Jarvis believed that they were exploiting the idea. She argued that her initial idea was for people to honour their mothers by giving them hand-written letters, rather than purchasing something for them. During one of her protests, she was actually arrested for disturbing the peace. #WomensHistoryMonth
Unusual Events and Traditions
Other countries around the world also celebrate Mother’s Day, but for various reasons and having different traditions or history associated with it. Here are a few of the more interesting ones.
- Albania; here the celebration arose following a tragic event in a factory when a fire broke out and 129 mothers died.
- Bolivia: in this country, Mother’s Day commemorates the women who were killed by the Spanish army when fighting for independence.
- China; it has only been officially adopted here since 1997, and is meant to remind people of mothers who are suffering in poorer regions of the country.
- [bctt tweet=”Ethiopia; this country holds a three-day festival, during which mothers and daughters cover themselves with butter!” username=”@dianescorpion”]
- Finland; every year, the president of Finland awards medals to mothers who have done something outstanding.
Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose
For fans of the enchanting Beauty and the Beast Disney movie, this is a gorgeous and unusual gift. The realistic rose is crafted from red silk and is encased in a glass dome set on a sturdy wooden base. This is where the magic happens – it comes with a remote control as there are LED lights woven around the stem of the rose, and there are eight different settings to make them flash! Although it looks stunning, I did notice that the glass becomes a little warm from the heat of the lights, so probably best not to leave it unattended.
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Mother’s Day Teddy Gift Basket
If your mother needs a little pampering, then this gift basket would be the ideal present. This high-quality reusable wicker basket has a cute teddy sat in it, holding a stuffed heart, embroidered with “mum” on it. Her sweet tooth will be satisfied by not only some delicious Lindt chocolates but also with a box of Cadbury’s Milk Tray! (My particular favourite). For extra relaxation, there is a bottle of pretty pink Radox bubble bath and a Yankee candle in honeysuckle fragrance. I have been dropping hints to my daughter about this gift basket, so here’s hoping I get one!
Enamelled Glass Teacup and Spoon
This really is very pretty and is bound to be adored by any mother lucky enough to receive it as a gift. Although it looks incredibly delicate and is made by hand ensuring each one is unique, it is made of borosilicate glass and can withstand extreme temperatures. The enamel flowers are hand drawn and the design is echoed on the included stainless steel spoon. It is supplied in an attractive, padded gift box, for safe posting, and comes with a pretty pink coaster. Imagine drinking a nice herbal tea from it, very elegant!
Mother’s Day Garden Celebration
My own mum is a keen gardener (not bad for 76 years old is it?) and this is what I have ordered for her this year. It consists of a hand-woven gift basket, which I am sure she will find plenty of uses for, plus a handy trowel and fork, and a beautiful fuschia rose plant. Then, to reward herself for all her hard work in the garden, there is a pretty balloon to admire and a delicious box of chocolates! For those people who leave things to the last minute, this gorgeous gift set is available for next day delivery.
Relaxation Spa Day and Afternoon Tea
Now, this is a bit of a cheeky gift to buy, as you get to benefit from it yourself, as well as your mother! This memorable day out starts with a trip to a relaxing spa of your choice, where you can both enjoy two fabulous treatments each, whether you prefer a facial or a massage, lasting between 40 and 55 minutes. Your own personal therapist will offer advice as to which is the most suitable treatment. You then have full access to the rest of the spa facilities, including the swimming pool where you can enjoy a session of water aerobics with music if you are feeling particularly energetic!. What could be nicer than following this up with a delicious afternoon tea? The voucher is valid for 10 months, so you can pick a date which suits both of you, and even do the activities on two different days, making it twice as nice!
Share Your Mother’s Day
So, hopefully, you have now learned something of the history of Mother’s Day and its unusual beginnings and celebrations around the world. I hope you have enjoyed looking through my selection of gifts, and have chosen something suitable for your mother. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please reply below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Why not let me know how you intend to celebrate? Or what you have done in previous years?
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