Origins of Mother's Day – Boutique Heidi Handkerchiefs

Origins of Mother's Day

Mother's Day is always a busy time of year for us at Boutique Heidi as you can imagine! So I am glad for a quieter Mother's Day but like most I still love receiving handmade gifts and cards from children the most. 

I see so many people sharing their photos of themselves with their mum's or with their kids so nice to look back and see these moments in their lives and hear their stories. There is no much hype around days like Mother's Day and I dont like to buy into the commercialism of Mother's Day or similar days like Valentine's Day - which I am a big fan of! I am know for sending Secret Valentine card to my friends.

These days are an opportunity to stop, reflect and spend time with the people like our Mother's, to visit the cemetery, to dig out the photos and remember. We all say it we are sooo busy but the busyness just dosent seem to stop and will it ever cease? These day we have a little more time, we can stop, relax and remind us of our mother's , grandmothers and relationships with our children.

I was trying to find a photo with myself and my mother when I was young... but I cant find one! Add that to my list to do!!  I do have this one display at home and I love it.. it evokes so many memories. out in the bush, having picnics with my Nanna and my family. I remember that white frilly apron and beanie I am wearing, I still have the beanie along with the matching gloves.

Last year I looked into the origins of Mother’s day and came across a remarkable woman - Anna Jarvis and I shared her story with our subscribers last year and now I have the opportunity to share her story through our website & blog. 

I was immediately intrigued by Anna, she is known as the founder of Mother’s day and we share the last name! Fancy that! 

On May 10, 1908 (second Sunday in May) three years after her mother's death, Anna held a memorial ceremony to honour her mother and all mothers at a Shrine in Grafton West Virginia, which is now known as the International Mother's Day Shrine.

Anna always believed herself to be the leader of the commemorative day and therefore maintained her established belief in the sentimental significance of the day, which was to honour all mothers and motherhood. Anna valued the symbolism of the white carnation, which she described as:

Its whiteness is to symbolize the truth, purity and broad-charity of mother love; its fragrance, her memory, and her prayers. The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies, and so, too, mothers hug their children to their hearts, their mother's love never dying. When I selected this flower, I was remembering my mother’s bed of white pinks.
— Anna Jarvis

Anna opposed the forces of commercialisation that overwhelmed her original message; these forces included confectionery, floral and greeting card industry. Ironically, symbols that she had valued for their sentimentality, such as the white carnation, became commercialised. Her opposition to these commercial forces was evident in her contemporary views, saying:

A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment.
— Anna Jarvis.

This last quote made me giggle I think it is still true today! I think her views are still relevant and we remember why the sentimental significance of the day.

Enjoy your Mother's Day!

H xx


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