It’s such a special day, whether you are able to talk with or visit your own mother, or if you have your own children. Sometimes it means breakfast in bed or lunch out; sometimes it means little gifts made with clay or popsicle sticks. It’s all fun. And, we’ve learned it’s a pretty big deal over the entire country.
Did You Know?
- Designated as the second Sunday in May by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, parts of America’s Mother’s Day have since spread overseas, often tied into local traditions.
- By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother's Day cards.
- In the United States, Mother's Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of flowers, greeting cards, etc.
- The amount of money spent on Mother's Day in the U.S. is approximately $14 billion.
- 25% of all flowers bought for holidays are purchased for Mother's Day.
- About 133 million Mother's Day cards are exchanged each year in the U.S.
- Approximately 65% of all greeting card sales occur five days prior to Mother's Day.
- Mother's Day also rates as the holiday with the most long-distance telephone calls. (Anyone remember getting a busy signal for hours when “all circuits were busy”?)
- Additionally, churchgoing is also popular on Mother's Day, measuring the highest church attendance after Christmas Eve and Easter.
- Many worshippers celebrate the day with carnations, colored (especially pink and red) if the mother is living and white if she is deceased.
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