Throughout history mothers and motherhood have been celebrated in a variety of manners, across the world it is celebrated at different times of the year, and there are also many different motivation’s for celebrating mother’s day. I believe that part of any festivity should include an understanding of the reason, perhaps with a bit of history, as well as a true thoughtfulness of planning… that being said, there is still time to make a mother feel like a queen for a day, and with this blog I hope to help inspire some wonderful celebration!!
Whether the mother you are honoring is your girlfriend, wife, daughter, granddaughter, grandmother, best-friend, secretary, or of course your mother, she deserves a day dedicated to her and this is that day! It is an observance as old as civilization. In ancient times motherhood was celebrated with the personification of goddesses. Ancient Romans honored the goddess Cybele and ancient Greeks celebrated a day in honor of Rhea, the mother of gods. Here in the U.S. the original founding of Mother’s Day is accredited to Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Anna Reeves Jarvis, who in the early 1900s dedicated her life to her mother’s project for improvement of her town and she established a Mother’s Day to honor mothers, living and diseased.
Since those times we have found many ways for paying homage to the mother’s of the world, according to Hallmark, about 96% of Americans take part in celebrating Mother’s Day. It is the number one day which Americans choose to dine out, it is reported as the peak day for long-distance phone calls, and it is the second-highest gift-giving day of the year, second to Christmas. All this need not stress you out if you put a little thought into making her day special. Gifts of the personal sort tend to make the biggest impressions. For example, a dinner out is nice, but a home-cooked version of her favorite delicacy will really delight her! A cozy robe for her to relax in would be sweet, and could be made even sweeter by dropping a little jewelry box in the pocket, perhaps containing a pair of diamond stud earrings!! If you’re looking in the jewelry category of course, it is always so easy to personalize a gift of jewelry by getting her birthstone! If you know she doesn’t like her birthstone, or you want to be more imaginative, think about possibly getting her the gem of her home state. The state gem of Colorado is Aquamarine, of Georgia it is the Quartz, and specifically the Amethyst, of Texas it is the Blue Topaz, the Moonstone is the state gem of Florida and New York. A little looking on the internet or in your local library can get you a full list of all the state gems as well as all birthstones. There are also links on the TJC website to some of this information. Don’t think for a moment that whatever it is you are required to spend beaucoup dollars. Fresh cut wildflowers are much more affordable than fancy tropical flowers, a gift basket can be put together at home with a home-made card and some organic soaps from a local market, even fine jewelry can be very, very affordable. Even more so than one might expect. At the jewelry channel there is a great variety of sterling silver jewelry under $40, there are genuine gold and diamond pieces under $100, and organic jewelry… like a pair of red coral earrings I saw in Michelle’s show today for $9, no joke $9!!!!! Believe me, you can’t beat that.
Now lastly you want to be on time, which will also make a great difference. So think ahead, plan, make reservations, allow her to relax, spoil her, remember her, and know when Mother’s Day is. Here in the U.S. it will be celebrated on May 11th, 2008. For any of you who may wish to honor a mother in another part of the world, I have compiled a little list of some dates for you.
May 10th El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico
The second Sunday in May, (this year May 11th) Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Switzerland, Taiwan, UNITED STATES, Uruguay, and Venezuela
May 15th Paraguay
May 26th Poland
Last Sunday in May, (this year May 25th) Dominican Republic, France, Morocco, Sweden
May 30th Nicaragua
August 12th Thailand
December 8th Panama
I would finally like to wish each and every mom and mom-to-be a very, very happy Mother’s Day!