On Mother's Day we take time to appreciate all that mothers do for us.
In Ancient Greece, they celebrated the Mother Goddess, Rhea, in the spring. In the 17th Century England, they celebrated "Mothering Sunday" on the fourth Sunday of Lent. On this day, servants had the day off and everyone spent time with their mothers.
In 1872, Julia Ward Howe had the idea of making Mother's Day official in the United States and known as a day of peace. In 1907, a campaign was started to make Mother's Day a national holiday, led by Ana Jarvis. Ana Jarvis' mother had died on the second Sunday of May, so her church celebrated Mother's Day on the second Sunday. Other churches caught on to the idea the next year, and the holiday spread.
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson, who was president at the time, announced that Mother's Day was an official holiday, to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
There are many ways to celebrate Mother's Day, and all families are different. Take some time to tell your mom how much you appreciate everything she does for you. You can make breakfast or let her sleep in and make cards. You can go out to dinner or make dinner at home with your mom. You can also make "coupons" for your mom. Let her redeem, or turn them in, for things like washing dishes, cleaning up, taking care of siblings or making dinner. she can use them when she chooses, or when she needs some extra help.
It's important to appreciate family all the time; however, on this day, Mom's the focus. Do something for her she likes.
Author: Katie Ransohoff, high school student writer