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Mother's Day History

Posted: May 6, 2006
by: Mark Stine

Guest writer Mark Stine has done his research and in this post provides a nice snapshot of the history of Mother's Day. Mark also shares a private experience on how a gourmet meal delivered to his Mom made the perfect unique Mother's Day gift. Enjoy!

How it all started - Early roots for Mother's Day trace back to ancient Greek celebrations in honor of Rhea, credited as the Mother of their version of the Gods. Let's face it, Mom is hard to beat. Many cultures adopted similar customs to honor Mother.

In England their version was "Mothering Sunday." To honor their Mom, many hard working servants would get the Sunday off to head home to hamlet and glen to be with dear Mom and celebrate with a mothering cake, a tasty treat to brighten up the special day.

From the ancients to jolly olde England, it was only a matter of time before the celebration jumped the pond as it were and took up residence in the new world. In the United States, Mother's Day originated in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe as a day to acknowledge peace. It eventually morphed into a dual role of recognizing Mom, who in many families was the peacemaker.

Around 1907 things got really organized when Ana Jarvis from Philadelphia managed to establish a Mother's Day in honor of her passing Mother starting with her Church. She was a motivated daughter and managed to create local and national buzz to recognize an official national Mother's Day. She was the "IT" daughter of this era creating a now cherished holiday to recognize all Moms around the country, living and passed. By 1914 the event became a national holiday that we now celebrate on the 2nd Sunday of every May.

But what about today? How do we honor Moms who live far away from their beloved children? Thanks to national web-based services like GourmetStation, it's possible to arrange for a wonderful gourmet meal delivered right to Mom. Remember all the times she cooked for you? Now you can repay her with a simple click of a mouse. Delivered in stylized packaging Mom can enjoy a gourmet dinner delivered - Tastes of Tuscany or Flavors of France, for example. This treat can melt the miles between you and bring you close together. I know I did once and it still brings a tear to my eye. It's the next best thing to being there!

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