Posted by: Patricia Hysong | May 5, 2015

A Little History on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a holiday that honors motherhood. It is observed in various ways and on various dates throughout the world. The beginnings of the American holiday began in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. It is celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday in May in different ways by different people. The person that spearheaded the creation of the American Mother’s Day, Anne Jarvis, spend the latter years of her life fighting the commercialization of the day to the point of trying to have it removed for the calendar. In 2014, the National Retail Federation reported that consumers spent  $19.9 Billion Dollars on Mother’s Day, with the average consumer spending $162.94. This year, a survey by them suggests that average consumers will spend 172.63. This is the highest average per consumer to date.

As commercial as it has become and as materialistic as it seems, the idea behind the day is to honor those that provide love, support, guidance, and discipline to raise children that contribute to the well-being of the planet. To many, it’s not about how much money you spend on them or how much money they spend on you, it’s the time you with them and the time they spend with you.

Information obtained from the following sources: National Retail Federation and

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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