Gifts from the Heart
Mothers have long held a special place in the hearts of their children. In the times of ancient Greece and Rome, springtime celebrations were held in honor of Rhea and Cybele, mothers of the gods. Later in history, England paid tribute to mothers on "Mothering Sunday," the fourth Sunday of Lent.
Some believe Julia Ward Howe—who penned the lyrics to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"—may have first suggested a formal Mother's Day in 1872. Yet it wasn't until 1910 when Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia campaigned to make Mother's Day a national holiday. At first celebrated only in Oklahoma and West Virginia, the day was commonly recognized by all states by 1911. Soon after, resolutions were passed, and on May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson issued the proclamation making Mother's Day an official national holiday. (For more on Mother's Day history, check out How the World Celebrates Mother's Day.)
What might have those first Mother's Day gifts been? Since Anna Jarvis's mother's favorite flower was the white carnation, this was the flower chosen to represent the sweetness, purity, and endurance of a mother's love. Over time, the red carnation has since become the symbol of a living mother while the white flower signifies that one's mother has died.
Are you still trying to figure out what gift to give Mom this year? Chances are what will make her happiest may be a heartfelt, homemade gift.
So Mom, if you're still reading, put the blindfolds on and overlook this article (leave it open for other readers, though)! We're calling all dads, grandparents, and babysitters to gather up the kids and help them make a special gift for their moms. What mother wouldn't appreciate a homemade gift or loving gesture from her child? The following projects don't cost much (some are even free!) and are fun to make—and receive.