Fun Facts About Mother’s Day

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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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