Mother’s Day became an official holiday in America in 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson signed it into being, but was created in 1908 by Anna Jarvis. The holiday takes place annually on the second Sunday in May. Jarvis’s mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, was active in teaching women how to take better care of their children and formed “Mother’s Day Work Clubs.” Later, these clubs help unify women when the country was torn apart by the Civil War. When Ann Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, came up with the idea of Mother’s Day as a way to honor her own mother and all mothers who make sacrifices for the sake of their children. Jarvis advocated for putting the holiday on the national calendar by arguing that existing holidays chiefly celebrated the achievements of men.
Today, people celebrate their mom’s in all sorts of ways on Mother’s Day. If you’re struggling with a way to treat your mom to something special on Mother’s Day, consider spending time with her in lieu of flowers and cards. Your mom will appreciate the special attention, especially if she is at a point in her life where she doesn’t get around well on her own or if she spends a lot of time alone or with her home care providers. Here are some ideas:
Visit a Greenhouse
If your mom loves flowers and enjoys having them planted in her yard, a trip to the greenhouse to purchase flowers could really brighten her day. After visiting the greenhouse, spend the afternoon planting the flowers for your mom. Let her sit with you while you plant and instruct you on where she’d like the flowers placed, or, if she’s able, let her help. In the days to come, she’ll enjoy sitting in her yard where she can see them. Your mom’s home care provider can help her to care for the flowers, which will also help your mom to stay physically active.
Throw a Tea Party
If your mom has some trouble getting out, bring the fun to her. Throw a fancy tea party just for mom and her lady friends. Since many people will have plans of their own on Mother’s Day, you may have to hold the event on another day. On Mother’s Day, present your mom with an invitation to the party. Encourage guests to wear their prettiest spring clothes and fancy hats. Serve tea in Mom’s best dishes and serve traditional tea party foods, like finger sandwiches.
Take Mom to a Play
Moms who enjoy theater may like the chance to dress up and go see a play. A play at a dinner theater will also allow you to treat your mom to a nice meal. If there isn’t a theater that shows live productions in your area, or if money is an issue, consider taking mom to see a local high school or college production.
Tour a Museum
If your mom likes art or history, spend the afternoon at a museum. A visit to a museum could result in your mom feeling nostalgic and sharing stories about her life and family members with you. You’ll learn more about your mom and she’ll get a chance to share her memories.
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