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Happy Mother’s Day to All Moms and Mom-Figures Alike

Yesterday we celebrated the special women in our lives—our moms. Everybody knows a superwoman mom in their lives, whether that be your biological mom, a mother figure, a friend or even an acquaintance. Moms come in all shapes and sizes, all personality types and are each unique in their own way. Help give them the recognition they deserve.

No matter who you chose to celebrate, extend the Mother’s Day celebration to more than just one day a year. Check out these interesting facts about the holiday and ideas to honor the special moms or mom-figures in your life.

The Non-Mother Mother’s Day Advocate
Surely a tired, underappreciated mother started this holiday to gain some much-needed appreciation, right? Although that seems to be entirely plausible (and deserved), this simply isn’t the case. According to History.com, Mother’s Day was started in the 1900s by Anna Jarvis following the death of her own mother in 1905. The first celebration is said to have honored her late mother along with thousands of other mothers in 1908.

Although Jarvis never became a mother herself, she didn’t stop fighting to make sure mothers were appreciated. She campaigned to have it added as a national holiday, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson officially established the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. We have Jarvis to thank for the beloved holiday.

How You Can Celebrate Moms Year-Round
While Mother’s Day is held in May, that’s no reason to restrict celebrations. Sometimes meaningful acts happen when the person least expects it. If you don’t have a mother-figure in your life that you’d like to celebrate with, pick a friend and show them the love. It’ll be just as meaningful. Check out these ideas to help celebrate.

  • Surprise a Random Mom
    You probably just celebrated your mom, so why not surprise a stranger? All moms could use a little appreciation. Offer kind words when you see somebody who might be struggling. Tell a mom you appreciate what they do, and that their kids do, too. You just might make their day.
  • Send Her Flowers
    The best flowers come when there’s not a specific occasion, other than a general appreciation. You don’t have to spend a ton on flowers. Grow some of your own. Buy some seeds for her to plant, or for you to plant together. Or, you can support a local flower shop.
  • Take Her to Dinner
    Sometimes it can be hard for moms to get away. Celebrate with a night out on the town by taking her to her favorite restaurant.