Mother’s Day is just around the corner! The scramble to find Mama a good gift is ON and the flood gates of Mother’s Day promos have officially opened! With the season upon us it begs the question...how exactly did holidays like Mother’s Day come to be?
There’s actually an incredibly long history dating back to Ancient Roman and Greek times detailing celebrations in honor of mothers. While we won’t go into full detail on that here, that’s what the history channel is for 😉, we WILL go back as far as the 1900s! At that point in time the holiday we all know as Mother’s Day began as a way to honor mothers and all that they do for their children.
Spearheaded by Anna Jarvis upon her own mothers’ death, Mother’s Day became a national holiday in 1914, written in by President Woodrow Wilson for the second Monday in May. Jarvis’s original version of Mother’s Day had none of the bells and whistles of today. For her, Mother’s Day was celebrated by wearing a white carnation to commemorate the day and spending time with one’s mother or attending church services.
As Mother’s Day became a national holiday it gradually transformed into the holiday we know. Florists, confectioners, and retailers of all sorts jumped on in! Today Mother’s Day celebrations vary all over the world, but one thing remains the same: it’s a day set aside purely in appreciation of all mothers.
While we definitely stand by the sentiment of “you should appreciate your mother ALL YEAR long” it doesn’t hurt to have a day set aside for just that! It can be easy, however, to get lost in the rush of another holiday. And it’s easy to dismiss it as another day, ESPECIALLY if you’re a mother yourself!
We often don’t take the time to celebrate ourselves as mothers. Whether that’s because it feels like the job’s never done, it feels like we’re always having to learn and adapt to the next challenge, or we’re just too dang tired! It seems like sometimes there’s not enough time to breathe let alone “celebrate”.
But that’s changing.
The world today is a place where celebrating ourselves, our accomplishments as individuals AND as mothers, has become something beautiful and validated. Motherhood is hard. It’s beautiful, wild, ever-changing, exhausting, incredible, and hard. It feels taboo to admit that but it’s true! There is no handbook, and wouldn’t it be nice if there was! We’re instead left to lean on one another and learn from experience as we go. Day by day, moment by moment.
So this Mother’s Day I have a challenge for you.
If you’re a mama, I want you to take one of those moments.
I want you to take one of those moments from the day and make it yours. Spend the rest of the day doing whatever you gotta do! Spend time with family and friends, get whatever needs to get done around the house done, but this moment is YOURS. Acknowledge your strength, your accomplishments, and really celebrate them! Maybe that means soaking in the tub at the end of the day, setting aside a few minutes to try out a new face mask, or for my pregnant mama’s out there, we know of a stellar belly mask!
And if you’re not a mama? Pull your mama into that moment! Chances are you’ll either be celebrating with your own mother or you know a mother you admire, let them know how amazing you think they are. Heck, mask up with them! Skincare is all-inclusive after all! Give the gift of ✨glow✨ and give your favorite mama a little spa day fun!
However you choose to spend your day we hope you remember that moment, remember how amazing you all are, and have a little chance to rest and recharge!
Wishing all the mamas a Happy Mother’s Day!💖