This Mother’s Day is the perfect time to honor all of the moms, aunts, and grandmothers who have always helped us to flourish in life. There’s nothing in this world like the unconditional love of a mother, and although we appreciate them every day, Mother’s Day offers us a special opportunity to remind them just how much we value the sacrifices they have made for us as a family. As you sit down across the table from your own mothers this year, here are a few fun facts and trivia you can share about this special day to honor all moms.
Origins Not Quite Known
Although the exact origins of the holiday known today as Mother’s Day are largely unknown, there are two women thought to have brought about this day of celebration. The first is activist and poet Julie Ward, who suggested in 1870 that women stand up against the war. Her plea for peace spurred Boston to recognize mothers on the second day of June from then after. The second woman that might be behind Mother’s Day as we know it today is Anna Jarvis. Anna never had children of her own, but wanted to carry out her own mother’s wishes for a day dedicated to celebrating moms. After a tireless campaign, President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution in 1914 designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.
A History of Colors
Carnations have long been one of the most popular flowers given to moms on Mother’s Day, and believe it or not, the colors even come into play. White carnations are said to be for honoring mothers who have passed away, while pink and red carnations are given to mothers still alive.
Mother’s Day is Big Business
In the United States alone, families spend almost 14 billion dollars on Mother’s Day! Some of the most popular gifts given to moms are flowers, restaurant meals, jewelry, and greeting cards.
Moms Come in All Ages
The miracles of motherhood come to women of all ages, but the record is 65 years old! On April 9, 2003, retired schoolteacher Satyabhama Mahapatra gave birth to a baby boy in India, making her the oldest woman to ever deliver a child.
The More the Merrier
You might think you have a large family, but did you know that the highest officially recorded number of children from a single mother is 69?! This honor goes to the first wife of Feodor Vassilyev of Russia, who between 1725 and 1765 gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, four sets of quadruplets, and seven sets of triplets! (But that’s nothing to an oyster mom, who may produce over 100 million young in her lifetime!)
Any Given Tuesday in August
With more than 360,000 births taking place, August is the most popular month in which to have a baby. And Tuesdays are the most popular day, with more than 12,000 births taking place!
Treat Mom to Flancer’s
This Mother’s Day, treat the special mom in your life to a gourmet, handcrafted meal from Flancer’s. We are hosting a special Mother’s Day menu, featuring a fresh new take on your family meal. Start off with a Baby Spinach salad with fresh strawberries, fire roasted corn, Maytag bleu cheese, and a pomegranate-cranberry vinaigrette. Then move on to the main meal of Citrus and Cilantro Grilled Free Range Chicken. To wrap things up with something as sweet as mom, enjoy our Salted Caramel Ricotta Cheesecake for dessert.
You can enjoy this special menu here at our place, or take it to go. We won’t tell if you want to plate it up and serve it as your own!
Be Mom’s favorite and call to reserve your special Mother’s Day meal today!