From my early a.m. surfing, here are some links and a brief (?) history of Mother's Day:
Simple Summaries on the Web
123holiday.net - a no frills explanation
It’s a cute page complete with a MIDI piano version of “Mother” song, “M is for the Million things she
gave us…”. That’s not to be confused with the Jerry Jeff Walker song “Up
Against the Wall Redneck Mother” that I grew up listening to. It also has an acronym
for mother. Thankfully, I can’t recall right it right now.
For Teachers (including home school parents)
canteach.com - 8 links that included Mother’s Day quotes, history, clip art, etc.
kidsdomain.com - printables, crafts, book reviews
For Infofanatics, My Picks from about.com
women’s history - 17 links that include early Mother's Days, origin of Mother's Day in U.S., Mother's Day statistics, and Mother's Days around the world.
Caught my attention that she never had children. I wonder why. Could her pursuit of the holiday have hindered her relationships? Maybe she just didn’t want children?
Another thing I noticed - MD became a national
holiday in 1914, yet by the early 20’s she was upset at the commercialism of
the holiday. Wouldn’t she freak out
now? I guess you can’t legilslate
sentiment. That’s not an argument against national holidays, just a reminder
that it’s a matter of the heart.
Early Forms of Mother's Day
*ancient Greeks celebrated a type of Mother Day – to celebrate the mother of gods, Rhea
*starting around the 1600’s England began observing “Mothering Day” , also known as "Mothering Sunday" . It is the 4th Sunday of Lent, so the date changes from year to year, so it has a religious origin. During the times when servants lived with their employers, they were given the day off to visit their mothers for Mothering Day.
Mothers Day in the U.S. (most info from a kidsdomain.com article)
*1872 -Julia Ward Howe (writer of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) worked in Boston to get June 2 recognized as Mother’s Day as a day of peace.
*Prior to 1905 (when she died) Mrs. Anna Reese Jarvis, from West Virginia, worked for Mother’s Day - one article says to heal Civil War wounds between families and one source says to bring attention to the poor healthcare in her community.
*1907- Miss Anna Jarvis, is responsible the first unofficial Mother’s Day church service at her deceased mother’s (Mrs. Anna Reese Jarvis) church in West Virginia.
*1908- Miss Jarvis’s church in Philadelphia recognized it.
*1910- Governor of West Virginia issued the 1st Mother’s Day proclamation. Oklahoma also celebrated it.
*1911 – Every state observed Mother’s Day.
*1912 – Mother’s Day International Association formed to promote meaningful observances of Mother’s Day.
Ta-da. Gee, that doesn't look like 3 plus hours of writing and research.