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Aligned Signs Blog - Astrology, Dating, Horoscope, Love

7 Mother's Day Facts You May Not Have Known

7 Mother's Day Facts You May Not Have Known

By Aligned Signs (644 words)
Posted in Positive Thinking on May 5, 2016

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Let's face it. Our mothers deserve to be appreciated every single day. From taking care of us well into adulthood to always putting our needs before their own, moms are every day superheroes. We shouldn't need a specific day to celebrate them. However since there is a designated day for Mothers, we just need to make sure that we make our moms feel extra special that day. 

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By now, we hope that you're Mother's Day plans have been solidified and that everything goes smoothly Sunday. We also thought that it'd be fun to share some interesting facts about Mother's Day that you may not have known. Below are 10 facts that would be great tidbits to share during your celebrations!

 

1. Anna Marie Jarvis Founded Mother's Day in the U.S.

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Anna Marie Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day observances in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia on May 10, 1908. As Mother's Day grew in popularity and was observed by more and more people, Jarvis asked Congress to set aside a day for Mothers. She finally succeeded in 1914 when Congress designated the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day. Another interesting fact? Jarvis never had any children.

2. Mothering Sunday

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Before the U.S. adopted it's own Mother's Day, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe celebrated this Christian Holiday. Mothering Sunday fell on the 4th Sunday of Lent, where parishioners would return to their "mother" church.

3. Phone Calls and Cards

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Approximately 122 million phone calls are made to Mothers and 133 million Mother's Day cards are exchanged in U.S. on this day. If you haven't sent your mom a card, it's a little too late for that so don't forget to call your Mom! 

4. The Perfect Flowers

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Carnations are the most common flower for Mother's Day. This stems from a legend that Carnations were made from the tear's of Jesus' mother when she wept at his feet. You give either pink or red ones to mothers who are still alive and white ones to those that have passed. 

5. Super Moms

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According to the Insure.com 2015 Mother's Day Index, the various tasks Moms perform at home would be worth $65,284 (up from $62,985 in 2014) a year in the professional world.

6. Gifts

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The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimated that people in the U.S. would spend $21.4 billion celebrating Mother's Day. Most consumers will give cards (78.4%) and flowers (66.5%) or take mom out (55.2%) in 2016, but more money will be spent on jewelry ($4.2 billion), followed by outings ($4.1 billion) and flowers ($2.4 billion), according to the NRF. Of all the flowers bought for any holiday/celebration, one quarter are purchased on this day.

7. All About Mom

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Mother's Day is celebrated in close to 50 different countries all over the world. In many countries and languages, the word for mother begins with "m."


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