• On creating, then hating, Mother’s Day

    May 8, 2010

    Ever wonder how holidays like Mother’s Day get started? Me neither. But this year I stumbled upon the surprisingly interesting history of Mother’s Day on MSNBC.com and felt like passing it along. Anna Jarvis founded the holiday over a hundred years ago to honor her late mother. The day was supposed to be a simple, reverential reminder of mom’s role in the family. Before she died, Anna Jarvis had spent all her money and perhaps even her sanity trying to control the commercial monster her Mother’s Day had become.

    Click here for the full history. Doesn’t take long to read, and worth the time. Note, especially, Anna Jarvis’s attention to grammar and punctuation: It’s Mother’s Day for a reason, not Mothers’ Day or Mothers Day.

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