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Mother's Day

Mother's Day is here at last. This is the time when most of us choose to show mothers and maternal bonds the love and appreciation they deserve, and mothers obviously look forward to the extra attention. Mother's Day celebrates the influence of mothers everywhere, and festivities often occur all over the world, most usually in spring.

First celebrated all the way back in 1908, a woman named Anna Jarvis campaigned to have a memorial day for moms. She was of course successful, and the day has been widely recognized every since. Before this new level of commitment to moms, there were only scattered local events that never got very far off the ground. Jarvis also petitioned to have the spelling occur in the singular possessive form, as she wanted each family to celebrate its own mothers, not all the world's mothers. Other countries around the world quickly adopted this holiday as well.

It was finally made a national holiday in 1914, and businesses all over the country began creating advertisement campaigns to sync up with the day. Because it is so widely celebrated at home and abroad, it has become one of the biggest days of the year in greeting card and flower sales. Only Valentine's Day surpasses it. Recently, it has also become one of the biggest days for long-distance telephone calls. Not surprising at all, considering that people have begun to move farther and farther away from home over the past few decades.

Mother's Day is a great time to surprise Mom with a redecorating project. Why not ask her what she'd most like to change in her home? She can choose from all sorts of things. How about a new, soothing shower head? Or maybe she'd prefer a new sink faucet. There are all sorts of ways that someone can help a mom be more comfortable around home. Maybe a new coat of paint is in order. Breakfast in bed is a widespread tradition.

Even though Mother's Day only comes around once a year, take the time to consider surprising Mom with love every once in a while on your own. It may seem like a hassle, but mothers should be appreciated all the time, not just when a holiday comes around. Even giving them a simple "I love you" every once in a while or a random gift just for the sake of giving can make a big difference and make her feel extra special. Show your mother that you care, because she won't be around forever, and we should all take the opportunity when it presents itself!

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