What do you get for the person that created and raised you? It should come from the heart and represent her and how much she means to you.  My mother cherished everything we gave her from a handmade bowl to a gold and diamond ring with our birthstones. Mother’s Day is not just one day on the calendar but a lifetime of love and giving.

Celebrating mothers and motherhood is one of the earliest practices in history. It can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The modern precedent for Mother’s Day is the early Christian festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”

The celebration was once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe and was held on the fourth Sunday in Lent. It was originally a time when faithful followers would return to their “mother church” or the main church in the vicinity of their home, to attend a special “hometown” service.

Over time, the Mothering Sunday tradition changed into a more secular holiday where children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom had begun to fade in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.

The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anne Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s death in 1905, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. 

A Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker helped Anne and in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. Thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia making it a success. By 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the holiday official.

Today, we celebrate our mothers, honoring the mother of the family, motherhood, and their influences on society. Though criticized for over commercialization, Mother’s Day is a wonderful holiday to show mom how much you care by giving her trinkets of affection.  Whether you choose flowers, cards, a special meal, or jewelry given out of love and thoughtfulness.