Mother's Day...where did it come from?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Jamey Boyum - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - All you moms are hoping your kids remember what Sunday is! It is Mother's Day! But, how did it originate?

After the magic of Google cross-referencing, I found Anna Jarvis felt children should appreciate their mothers more while mom's still alive, which was actually Anna's mother's idea, originally. So when her mother died May 9th, 1905 she spread the word through friends. They started a letter-writing campaign to any influential people with available addresses.

By 1908 Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia - where Anna's mother had attended Sunday school for 20 years - celebrated Mother's Day, as did another church in Philadelphia, handing out carnations to the mothers in the congregation.

Soon Mother's Day spread like wildflowers, and by May 9th, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed to, "...invite the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country."

Anna Jarvis passed in November of 1948, ironically, never having children herself.

Just a decade after the first Mother's Day, the holiday had become so commercialized that Anna and her sister became major opponents of what the holiday had become.

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