I have been reflecting a lot lately and thinking about my mom. Probably because Mother's Day is right around the corner and when your mom is no longer with you, all you can do is reflect. I thought about all the mothers throughout the years and how amazing moms really are. The sacrifices, the sleepless nights, the not eating a hot meal for years and child birth!!
I researched a bit about Mother's Day and found out it was established in 1908 by a women named Anna Jarvis. Anna Jarvis was a women who remained unmarried and childless throughout her entire life but wanted to create a holiday for women because society was biased against male achievements. It is also ironic to note that Anna Jarvis then spent a great portion of her life trying to rescind Mother's Day because she hated that it became so commercialized.
I also learned that more phone calls are made on Mother's day than any other day of the year!
Let's take a look a gift giving throughout the years.
In the 1920's a popular Mother's Day gift was a locket.
In the 1930's it was the great depression and gifts were not really given. A beautiful poem was the way to go.
In the 1940's a popular gift was a brooch.
In the 1950's it was Hummel's. We had a few in our house and we were not allowed to touch them! There was one for each child.
In the 1960's it was fuzzy slippers like the ones Doris Day wore.
In the 1970's it might have been quilted potholders or a homemade version from the loop kit we all had.
In the 1980's a pastel mug would have been the way to go.
In the 1990's making your Mom a mix-tape would be really cool or a decorative plate from Avon.
And now, the most popular gifts are anything personalized. They have such technology to personalize anything and buy it on Etsy, it definitely is a very popular gift.
Any mom will always tell you that the best gifts are the homemade gifts. My five year old grandson told me today he was going to make his mom a necklace out of string. She will love it. Another go-to is to make breakfast for Mom. This one can backfire when you add syrup and hot coffee for a 3 and 5 year old to handle. Breakfast usually comes with clean-up for mom too.
Whatever the gift, just be thankful when you still have your mom on this earth. We are not here forever and in the end we only have our memories so make them great!