PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, it was the culmination of the efforts of Anna Jarvis.
After her own mother died in 1905, Anna Jarvis came up with the idea of honoring the sacrifices mothers make for their children, according to History.com. She got some financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner, and in 1908 organized the first official Mother’s Day celebration at a West Virginia church.
It was a success, and she lobbied over the next few years to get it added to the national calendar. States quickly adopted the idea, and just six years after that modest church celebration, President Wilson made it official.
She saw Mother’s Day as a personal day for women and their families. But it didn’t take long for florists, candy makers and greeting card writers to glom onto it and turn it into what is now known as a Hallmark Holiday.
Just six years after President’s Wilson’s proclamation, she was fed up with the whole idea. She urged people not to buy flowers, candy or cards. She spent the remaining 28 years of her life trying to get her own idea taken off the national calendar.
Anna Jarvis died in 1948. She never married and had no children of her own.
Don’t listen to Anna Jarvis. Call your Mom today. Treat her nice. She deserves it.
Information in this article from History.com