Inventor of Mother’s Day Wants You To Stop Wasting Money

From Wisebread:

Americans are planning to spend an average of $139 on Mother’s Day gifts this year. That’s a stunning $16 billion national spending frenzy that would have horrified Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day.

Anna lobbied for the creation of the holiday as a tribute to her mother and mothers everywhere. Her efforts paid off in 1914 when President Wilson officially designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Later on, after seeing her holiday cheapened by rampant commercialism, Anna denounced her own holiday. She wrote:


I wanted [Mother’s Day] to be a day of sentiment, not profit.

A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world.

And candy! You take a box to Mother — and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.

What will you do to route charlatans, bandits, pirates, racketeers, kidnappers and other termites that would undermine with their greed one of the finest, noblest and truest movements and celebrations?

4 Comments

  1. Hmmm.

    I thought Julia Ward Howe was the one credited with the inception of “Mother’s Day” back in 1870. Apparently, she wrote the first “Proclamation Of Mother’s Day” in that year… as a day for mothers of the world to unite and find a way to stop wars.

    That didn’t work out so well, did it?

  2. We went my my wife’s maternal grandmother’s cemetery who died in 2003. It’s something my wife’s family has done each year on Mother’s Day. I’d like to think that it’s an appropriate way to honor my mother in law and her mother…

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