As the second Sunday of May nears, it’s time to think of ways to celebrate mothers - although, of course, that’s a worthy pursuit at any time of year!
At Rollo Insurance we thought it would be fun to give you a little of the history behind Mother’s Day in the United States, as well as a few ideas to honor the special women in all our lives.
How Mother’s Day came to be in the United States
Mother’s Day is celebrated in different forms throughout the world. It is Anna Jarvis who is most often credited with founding Mother’s Day in the United States. According to History.com, “Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children. After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s retail stores in Philadelphia.” In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
Enough with the history – where are the gift ideas?
Like us at Rollo Insurance, we know you might have more urgent concerns on your mind, like last-minute shopping. According to a 2017 survey conducted by Statistic Brain (www.statisticbrain.com), these were the top 10 gifts moms want to receive on Mother’s Day:
1. Something homemade
3. Greeting Card
4. Gift Card
8. Spa visit
Of course, perhaps the best gift of all is getting in touch and letting the moms in your life know just how much they mean to you. Happy Mother’s Day!