Mothers Day Holiday Celebration, Shopping, and Traditions


On the second Sunday in May1, this year the big day is May 11th, American children of all ages treat their mothers to something special. It is the one day out of the year when children, young and old, try to show in a tangible way how much they appreciate their mothers

England was one of the first countries to set aside a day to recognize mothers. In the eighteenth century when many people worked as household servants for the rich, “Mothering Sunday” was reserved for them to return home to be with their mothers. Though this custom stopped when the Industrial Revolution altered the working and living patterns of the people, one Sunday for Mothers was established as a holiday in the twentieth century.

In the United States, Mother’s Day did not become an official holiday until 1915.

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Its establishment was due largely to the perseverance and love of one daughter, Anna Jarvis. Anna’s mother had provided strength and support as the family made their home in West Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where her father served as minister. As a girl, Anna had helped her mother take care of her garden mostly filled with white carnations, her mother’s favorite flower. When Mrs. Jarvis died on May 5, 1905, Anna was determined to honor her. On the same Sunday in Philadelphia, their minister honored Mrs. Jarvis and all mothers with a special Mother’s Day service. Anna Jarvis began writing to congressman, asking them to set aside a day to honor mothers. In 1910, the governor of West Virginia proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day and a year later every state celebrated it.


Mother’s Day Traditions Legends, Stories


  • ►Adults give their mothers red carnations, the official Mother’s Day flower.  If their mothers are deceased they may bring white carnations to their grave site.


Mother’s Day Business Facts - Retail Shopping Gift Giving


Moms throughout the nation can expect the royal treatment this year on Mother’s Day. Spending this year is anticipated to reach nearly $16  billion. The average person plans to spend nearly $140 up $20 dollars from up from last year.

Consumers planning to surprise mom with a trip to the spa or a massage will spend a total of $1.3 billion. Online Impact: Certificates, apparel, books, CDs and electronics gift purchases are often Internet enabled, as reflected in the upward online shopping trend for holidays. Twenty percent of the nearly $16 billion in Mother’s Day expenditures will be spent online, continuing an upward online holiday shopping trend.  The group  most likely to shop for mom online are 18 – 34 year-olds where an impressive one in three say they will be buying some of their Mothers Day gifts online.

According to recent report from NRF:  Other popular gifts for the holiday include greeting cards (86.8%), gift certificates (39.3%), books or CDs (29.3%), house wares or gardening tools 18.5%) and consumer electronics or computer related accessories (11.3%). In recent years, pampering mom with a personal service gift such as a trip to the spa or beauty salon has become a favorite gift choice, with 19.7 percent of consumers planning on dishing out $1.3 billion on these gifts. Last year, only 14.5 percent of consumers purchased this type of service for mom. 

The large majority (37.5%) of gifts will be purchased at a specialty store, such as a florist, jeweler or electronics store. Almost one-quarter (24.0%) of consumers will shop at a discount store, 29.0 percent will head to a department store and 2.9 percent will buy from a catalog. As online shopping continues to become a favorite way to shop, 20.0 percent of consumers will shop for mom online, compared to only 16.9 percent who did so last year.

Mother’s Day is the third most-popular Mother’s Day for sending greeting cards, behind Christmas and Valentine’s Day, according to the Greeting Card Association.

Not surprisingly, men will spend more than women with the average man expected to drop at least $148.51 on mom, compared to women who are expected to spend $97.72.
Online shopping for Mothers Day at about 17 %
Greeting card/gift stores, jewelers, florists and electronics stores will be the favorite place to shop this year for gifts of all kinds.

Mother’s Day ranks second only to Christmas in the purchase of flowers, according to the Society of American Florists. Of flowers purchased for Mother’s Day, 45.0 percent are expected to be cut flowers, 32.0 percent will be outdoor bedding and gardening plants, and 22.0 percent will be flowering and green houseplants.


Mothers Day Food & Fun Facts


  • ►On Mother’s Day morning some American children follow the tradition of serving their mothers breakfast in bed.
  • ►This is the busiest day of the year for American restaurants. On her special day, family members do not want Mom to cook dinner!
  • ►More than 150 million cards will be given this year in the United States, making Mother’s Day the third-largest card sending occasion.
  • ►80.5 million estimated mothers of all ages in the United States
  • ►2.0 is the average number of children women in the US can expect to have in their lifetime.
  • ►July is the most popular month to have a baby.
  • ►Tuesday is the most popular day of the week to have a baby.
  • ►Mother's Day is now celebrated in many countries around the world. Australia, Mexico, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Russia, China, Thailand, all have special celebrations to honor Mothers, but not in the same way or on the same day as the United States.


Breakfast in Bed For Mother’s Day  Recipes

One favorite gift for mom is breakfast in bed.  Here’s a recipe if that is on your gift list.

Cinnamon French Toast
This French toast recipe cuts back on fat by using only 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites.

  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
  • 8 slices French bread, sliced on diagonal

In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and egg white until foamy. Whisk in milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Have warming drawer heated or heat oven to 200°.
Heat butter in heavy skillet over medium-low heat.
Dip 4 slices of bread in the egg mixture, turning to coat thoroughly. Let excess drip back into bowl.
Place coated bread slices in hot skillet. Cook, turning, until both sides are nicely browned, about 2 minutes each side.
Transfer to a warm plate and keep warm in oven. Repeat with remaining bread and egg mixture. To serve, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, if desired. Serve with maple syrup.

Mother’s Day Breakfast In Bed Recipe Confetti Scrambled Eggs

This recipe for scrambled eggs serves six.


  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion tops


In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together until well blended. Melt butter in skillet over medium-low heat until hot; pour in egg mixture. Reduce heat. As mixture begins to set on bottom and sides of skillet, lift and fold over with spatula.
Cook until eggs are almost set; fold in tomato and green onion. Heat scrambled eggs through; serve immediately.
Scrambled eggs recipe serves 4.
Cantaloupe Smoothie Recipe For The Calorie Minded Mother
Tasty, refreshing, and fat-free!


  • 1/2 ripe cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup vanilla fat-free yogurt
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste



Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Makes about 4 cups.
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  • Not a cook? Enter your mom in the ABC Emeril’s Mother Day’s Breakfast in Bed Contest at


Facts About Famous Mothers


Mother Teresa


Mother Teresa, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Yugoslavia, felt a calling early to serve the poor. She joined an Irish order of nuns serving in Calcutta, India, and received medical training in Ireland and India. She founded the Missionaries of Charity and focused on serving the dying, with many other projects as well. She was able to garner considerable publicity for her work with also translated into successfully financing the expansion of the order's services for India’s poor and needy. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She died in 1997 after long illnesses. She once said, "Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet especially your family. “

Coretta Scott King

After the 1968 assassination of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr., Scott King carried out his legacy by continuing his crusade for civil rights. She created the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Ga., and she fought for 15 years to have him honored with a national holiday. She also devoted much of her life to children. In fact, the American Library Association named an award in her honor. The Coretta Scott King Awards recognize African American authors and illustrators whose children's books "promote an understanding and appreciation of the American Dream. Mrs. King reminds us, “There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.” "

Rose Kennedy

She buried five of her nine children, raised a president, two U.S senators, and presided over one of the most famous families in American history—all with elegance and dignity. "I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring it," Kennedy once said. When she died at age 104, she had 28 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.

 Mother’s Day Traditions Legends, Stories


  • Adults give their mothers red carnations, the official Mother’s Day flower.  If their mothers are deceased they may bring white carnations to their grave site.


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