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MOTHER’S DAY IN AMERICA

Americans will spend an average of $180 this Mother’s Day.

Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day, would hate that fact.

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  • In 1908, Jarvis organized the 1st Mother’s Day in West Virginia to honor her late mom who organized “Mothers’ Work Days” to improve women’s working conditions.
  • By 1910, West Virginia made it a holiday, other states followed.
  • In 1914, Congress declared the 2nd Sunday in May (anniversary of Jarvis’ mom’s death) as Mother’s Day.
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By the 1920s, mothers nationwide were showered with candy, flowers, cards, & other gifts to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Jarvis, frustrated with the commercialization of the holiday, that she intended as a day to honor the role mothers play in the family, church, and community, spent the rest of her life fighting against its commercial success.

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Jarvis handed out at carnations at the first Mother's Day celebration in 1908. Today, carnations are the official flower of Mother's Day. Americans are expected to spend a whopping $2.6B on flowers alone. For more on Mother's Day:

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