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The Mother's Day holiday was created by Anna Jarvis, who began campaigning for a memorial day for women after the death of her mother. She succeeded in making it a nationally recognized holiday on May 8th, 1914, when the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mo s ther' Day. On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first national Mother's Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers who had lost their sons in war.

The carnation flower has come to represent Mother's Day since they were delivered by Anna at one of its first celebrations. The carnation was her mother's favorite flower and came to be a symbol of the purity of a mother's love. The holiday is celebrated around the world on various days throughout the year. To this day, Mother's Day continues to be one of the most commercially-successful U.S. holidays, also serving as the most popular day of the year to dine out!

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review by . May 01, 2010
posted in Inspirations
A tribute to Nikki Bradshaw Carpenter
I won't be spending time with my mom on Mother's Day, be it watching a movie or having a dinner. Instead, I'll be spending time with my "god daughter's" mom. She is my cousin from Toronto and she is in town for the next few weeks. We plan on going to the World Expo on Mother's Day. My mom is probably going to be home in another country, unless she decides to join us in the next few days!      In general, my mom and I are not "compatible". …
review by . May 07, 2009
posted in Inspirations
My mother and I
Ah... Mother's Day. Moms get pampered, appreciated, and receive a multitude of gifts and flowers. What woman doesn't love flowers? It is nice to be a mom on Mother's Day. But the question is: "What about the other 364 days a year?!" This being my first year as a mother I can finally make my point and share a perspective that is rarely touched upon in regards to this holiday. Every single one of us has a mother, we all have a different connection with that person who brought us into this world. Mother's …
review by . May 07, 2009
Regardless if you are one of those people who think holidays are nothing greater than a corporate concoction to sell greeting cards, or if you are one of those who embrace holidays such as Valentine's Day using the excuse to tell your sweetheart you love them- if you're a mom you most likely enjoy Mother's Day. I am a mother of two and I know I enjoy Mother's Day (well kind of). Let me explain in giving you the good, the bad, and my selfish predicament in regard to celebrating Mother's Day.   &n …
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