Mother’s Day

by admin ~ May 17th, 2014. Filed under: Brandenburg.

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in Grafton, WV. Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the US began in 1905, the year her mom, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Her mission was to honor her own mother by setting aside a day to honor mothers, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Anna’s mother had cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to address public health issues. She succeeded when several states officially recognized Mother’s Day, first in 1910 in West Virginia. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother’s Day, the 2nd Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers. Jarvis soon became resentful of the commercialization, angry that companies would profit from the holiday. By the early 1920’s, Hallmark and other companies had started selling Mother’s Day cards. She saw this as misinterpretation and exploitation, so she protested and even tried to rescind Mother’s Day. No verse commands a Mother’s Day, but it can and should be a reminder of the importance of biblical motherhood and opportunity to say thanks for our own mothers and their contributions to our lives. Happy Mother’s Day, Moms!

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