Mother’s Day – May 13, 2012

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! On this day we celebrate those wonderful women who love us no matter what we do, our Mom’s! But do you know when Mother’s Day first began? Why? And the traditions associated with it? Read on to find out more!

When was the first Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day has been an “on and off” holiday. That is, there have been multiple attempts since the Civil War to create a day to honor Mother’s. The first official Mother’s Day was proclaimed on May 9, 1914 by Woodrow Wilson. The previous day, May 8, 1914, Congress had passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

The concept originally began as a way to reunite families who had fought against each other or who had been separated during the Civil War. It quickly become the holiday that it is today. In fact, the United States not only began the holiday, but has influenced other countries across the world to have their own Mother’s Day’s as well!

What are the traditions?

You probably know a lot of them!

The handmade gifts to give to your mother, grandmother, or those women in your life that you view as being “like a Mom.” It’s the little macaroni necklaces and “Coupons for Hugs” gifts that we make in grade school. As we get older, it is the “Mom” jewelry and the flowers.

Carnations are another big part of this holiday. Anna Jarvis, one of the women who advocated the creation of a Mother’s Day, delivered 500 of these flowers to the first celebration. Over time, florists helped to influence the wearing of the white carnation if your mother had passed away and the red carnation if your mother was still living.

Eating out. Did you know that Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year for Americans to dine at a restaurant? It appears that taking Mom to her favorite spot is a common gift at this time of year!

Books About Mom’s and Grandma’s

Here are some books you can find here, in the Manlius Children’s Library, that are about the relationships between Moms, Grandmas, and their favorite little people! I hope you all have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams (JE Williams)

A Special Day for Mommy by Dan Andreasen (JE Andreasen)

Before I Was Your Mother by Kathryn Lasky; illustrated by LeUyen Pham (JE Lasky)

Clifford’s Happy Mother’s Day by Norman Bridwell (JE Clifford)

Grandma Calls Me Beautiful by Barbara M. Joosse; illustrated by Barbara Lavallee (JE Joosse)

Heaven is Having You by Giles Andreae; illustrated by Vanessa Cabban (JE Andreae)

If I Could by Susan Milord; illustrated by Christopher Denise (JE Milord)

Just For You by Mercer Mayer (JE Mayer)

Mama’s Day by Linda Ashman and Jar Ormerod (JE Ashman)

Mama Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse; illustrated by Barbara Lavallee (JE Joosse)

Mama Loves by Rebecca Kai Dotlich; illustrated by Kathryn Brown (JE Dotlich)

Mommy’s Best Kisses by Margaret Anastas; illustrated by Susan Winter (JE Anastas)

Mother You’re the Best (Sister, You’re a Pest!) by Diane DeGroat (JE DeGroat)

Mrs. Pepper’s Mother’s Day by Alice Wilder; illustrated by David Cutting (JE Blues Clues)

My Mom by Anthony Browne (JE Browne)

No Time for Mother’s Day by Laurie Halse Anderson; illustrated by Dorothy Donohue (JE Anderson)

Piglet and Mama by Margaret Wild; illustrated by Stephen Michael King (JE Wild)

Snug in Mama’s Arms by Angela Shelf Medearis; illustrated by John Sandford (JE Medearis)

The Grandma Book by Todd Parr (JE Parr)

The Mommy Book by Todd Parr (JE Parr)

The Mother’s Day Mice by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Jan Brett (JE Bunting)

What Grandmas Can’t Do by Douglas Wood; illustrated by Doug Cushman (JE Wood)

What Moms Can’t Do by Douglas Wood; illustrated by Doug Cushman (JE Wood)

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