Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to our friends and loyal readers!  As we know, today is the official day that mom gets to kick her feet up and feel appreciated (even though she should feel that way every day).  But, do you know how the holiday actually originated?

West Virginia became the first state to officially recognize Mother’s Day in 1912, thanks to the persistant petitioning done by Anna Jarvis, who led a state-wide women’s group.  President Woodrow Wilson then approved it for national observance in 1914, designating its celebration on the second Sunday in May.  In the 1920’s and 30’s the holiday started gaining momentum and was most popularized by florists pushing white carnations as the best way to honor that special lady in our lives. Anna Jarvis was furious at the commercialization of Mother’s Day, and though she had petitioned for it to become a holiday in the first place, she spent the rest of her life petitioning and protesting against the growing commercialization of the holiday.

 Tell us!  How do you honor your mom on Mother’s Day?  Do you cook her favorite meal, or make her breakfast in bed? Did you buy her a new Chef Coat with her name embroidered on it? Comment below with some ideas!

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