20 Mother’s Day Facts That’ll Make You See the Holiday In a New Light

Including the things that moms actually want for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day gives people a special opportunity to show their gratitude to the moms, stepmoms, grandmas, aunts, and other maternal figures in their lives. Some people like to celebrate by going all out with Mother’s Day gifts, while other families get together for a Mother’s Day brunch or dinner. And even those with some geographical distance can still celebrate their mom by sending a card and celebrating virtually. Whether you’re celebrating in person or from a distance, you can share these fun Mother’s Day facts with everyone on May 8 this year.

Learning about Mother’s Day history is sure to spark interesting conversations between parents, grandparents, kids, and the rest of the crew. You could even make some of these trivia facts into a fun Mother’s Day game. Whoever can guess the right answer to how much money Americans spend on Mother’s Day (hint: it’s billions of dollars) or correctly guesses the gifts that moms actually want for Mother’s Day (cards with a heartfelt message are always a good pick) will win a prize. You can also make mom laugh with some funny Mother’s Day puns or sit down with a Mother’s Day movie. But whatever you do, she’s sure to have a great Mother’s Day, because she’ll be celebrating it with you. Read on for some interesting Mother’s Day trivia, historical fun facts, and survey data about the holiday.

 

1 .MOTHER’S DAY IS ON A DIFFERENT DAY EACH YEAR.

Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May, which means it’s on a different date each year. It will happen on Sunday, May 8, 2022, but next year it will be on a different day in May.

2. THE TOP ITEMS MOMS WANT FOR MOTHER’S DAY ARE PRETTY SIMPLE.

According to a 2021 YouGov poll, American mothers’ top picks for Mother’s Day gifts were a card, flowers, and/or a special experience with their family.

3. THE AVERAGE AGE FOR FIRST-TIME MOTHERS IS ON THE RISE.

The average age for first time mothers has gone up over the last two decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2000, the average age was 24.9 years old; in 2020 it was 27.1 years old.

4. LOTS OF AMERICANS GO OUT FOR MOTHER’S DAY.

Mother’s Day is a pretty popular day to ditch the kitchen and eat out. In 2018, around 87 million adults went to restaurants to eat, according to data from the National Restaurant Association. Even during the pandemic, Mother’s Day was a big one for restaurants: In 2020, consumer spending at restaurants soared 103 percent on Mother’s Day Sunday and 63 percent on Saturday, compared to average daily revenue throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from Womply.

5. MOTHER’S DAY IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR CHURCHGOING DAYS.

Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, attending church services is a popular activity among families. In fact, in a LifeWay Research poll asking pastors about the highest attendance Sundays throughout the year, Mother’s Day ranked third behind Easter and Christmas.

6. ANCIENT GREEKS AND ROMANS CELEBRATED MOTHER’S DAY.

Ancient myths allude to the fact that Greeks and Romans celebrated Mother’s Day by honoring the goddess Cybele, personifying Mother Earth (Gaia) and the goddess of fertility, and Rhea, mother of the Gods.

7. MOTHER’S DAY WAS ORIGINALLY A DAY FOR WOMEN TO PROTEST AGAINST WAR.

Social activist Julia Ward Howe first brought the idea of Mother’s Day to the United States after the Civil War, but Howe’s version was much different from the flowers-and-hugs version we know today. Howe wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation and envisioned a Mother’s Day for Peace, in which women would protest against war. Some groups still observe the holiday in this manner; one of the most famous being a huge crowd of women who gathered outside the Lawrence Livermore Library at the University of California in 1982 to protest nuclear weapons.

8. ANNA JARVIS STARTED MOTHER’S DAY AS WE KNOW IT NOW.

The current version of Mother’s Day was started by Anna Jarvis in the early 1900s, according to Today. Jarvis got Congress to recognize the holiday, founded the Mother’s Day International Association and even trademarked the phrases “Mother’s Day” and “second Sunday in May.” Jarvis was inspired by her own mother, who had called for “Mothers Work Days” to improve conditions for soldiers on both sides during the Civil War.

9. PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON MADE MOTHER’S DAY AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY IN 1914.

After he was persuaded by Anna Jarvis, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared that the second Sunday of every May would be Mother’s Day. In his first Mother’s Day proclamation, Wilson stated that the holiday offered a chance to “[publicly express] our love and reverence for the mothers of our country,” according to History.com.

10. ANNA JARVIS THOUGHT MOTHER’S DAY BECAME TOO COMMERCIALIZED.

Less than a decade after she fought so hard to make it happen, Anna Jarvis ended up despising the holiday she helped popularize, according to Mental Floss. She spoke out vehemently over the commercialization of Mother’s Day, called for its demise, and was arrested during one of her protests in 1948.

11. OTHER COUNTRIES CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY, BUT IT’S OFTEN ON DIFFERENT DATES.

Other countries celebrate their own versions of Mother’s Day. The UK has Mothering Sunday, which dates back to the 16th century and is observed on the fourth Sunday after Lent. Japan has its celebration of the Empress Kōjun’s birthday, which has become just as commercialized as the American Mother’s Day. And Spain and Portugal celebrate on December 8 by honoring both the Virgin Mary and their own moms.

12. THE TRADITIONAL MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IS A SINGLE CARNATION.

Florists might hawk huge Mother’s Day bouquets with exotic blooms and designer names, but the traditional gift is a single, simple carnation.

Also interesting to note: A research study decoded why moms love getting flowers so much. The study, conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, concluded that flowers affect human behavior, making people feel more compassionate toward others and happier in general when fresh-cut blooms are around.

13. THERE ARE A LOT OF MOMS IN THE U.S.

According to the most recent info (a Pew Research survey from 2014), there are about 85 million mothers in the United States.

14. IT’S A POPULAR DAY FOR PHONE CALLS.

A 2010 survey from Reuters found that Mother’s Day is the most popular day for phone calls. Additionally, Verizon reported seeing a 13 percent increase in voice calls on Mother’s Day in 2020 (compared to a typical Sunday).

15. AMERICANS SPEND BILLIONS ON MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS.

In 2021, the National Retail Federation predicted Americans would spend just over $28 billion on Mother’s Day gifts.

16. AMERICANS SPEND MORE ON MOTHER’S DAY THAN THEY DO ON FATHER’S DAY.

A 2019 YouGov poll found that 33 percent of Americans say they tend to spend more money on Mother’s Day gifts and celebrations, while just 6 percent said they usually spend more for Father’s Day.

17. STAY-AT-HOME MOMS SHOULD BE MAKING SIX FIGURES.

The job of a mother is never done. It’s a 24/7, 365-day commitment, and the ongoing pandemic has highlighted just how much is expected of moms (often with little-to-no outside support, especially for working moms of color). According to research from Salary.com, stay-at-home moms should, in theory, make $162,581 a year.

18. ABOUT A QUARTER OF MOMS ARE FLYING SOLO.

According to Pew Research Center data from 2017, about one in four, or roughly 24 percent of, mothers in the U.S. are raising kids without a spouse or partner.

19. MOTHER’S DAY IS THE THIRD-LARGEST CARD-SENDING HOLIDAY.

According to Hallmark, Mother’s Day is the third-largest card-sending holiday in the United States — about 113 million cards are exchanged each year.

20. MOST MOTHERS SAY MOTHERHOOD IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THEIR IDENTITY.

According to a 2015 survey from Pew Research Center, 58 percent of moms say that being a parent is “extremely important” to their overall identity.

 

Source:https://www.womansday.com/relationships/family-friends/news/g2265/mothers-day-facts/


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