Friday, May 12, 2006

HOLIDAY: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14

Mother’s Day celebrations date back to Ancient Greece where Rhea, the mother of the Gods was worshipped. Later, the Ancient Romans honored Magna Mater, Great Mother, during a three-day celebration called Hilaria beginning March 15. Gifts were brought to temple for the Great Mother.

In the Middle Ages, as Christianity spread throughout Europe, it became customary to bring gifts to the church in which one was baptized to pay homage to the “Mother Church” on the 4th Sunday of Lent. In England, during the 1600’s, this Sunday became known as “Mothering Sunday”. However, it became a more secular holiday because many servants lived away from home, in the houses of their employers. On “Mothering Sunday”, servants were allowed to return home to visit their mothers. Thus the celebration of motherhood became a celebration of one’s real life mom and not a celebration of Goddesses and the church. Children would often bring a cake home to their mothers. This cake was known as the mothering cake.

In America, Mothering Sunday was not celebrated until 1872 when Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle Hymn of the Republic) suggested that a Mother’s Day be instituted and that it would be celebrated as a day of peace. She wrote “The Mother’s Day Proclamation”. However, her efforts were not realized until the early 1900’s.

Anna Jarvis, in 1907, began a campaign to establish a nationally celebrated Mother’s Day. Her mother had wished for a Mother’s Day after the Civil War because she felt that there would be no fighting amongst men on a day that was meant to honor ones mother. Anna celebrated the first Mother’s Day on May 10, 1908 in Grafton, Massachusetts at the Andrews Methodist Church where her mother had attended. White Carnations were given to all those that attended the service. After the service, Anna Jarvis organized a coalition to write letters to politicians, businessmen, and ministers, campaigning for a national Mother’s Day holiday. West Virginia was the first state to proclaim Mother’s Day as a holiday in 1910. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson announced Mother’s Day as a national holiday in 1914. It would be held on the second Sunday of May every year. Wilson proclaimed that,"...Now, Therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the said Joint Resolution, do hereby direct the government buildings and do 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."

Jarvis became disappointed by Mother’s Day since it became a secular holiday rather than a faith based holiday and filed a lawsuit in 1923 to put an end to the holiday. Luckily for all mothers, she was not successful.

Mother's Day Activities:

This is a day to pamper your mother. Remember, it is an all day event so start her day out right then continue showing her how much she means to you throughout the day and then top it off with a wonderful dinner. You should start with breakfast in bed after you have let her sleep in. Serve up some warm pancakes. If you have a large tray, serve mom breakfast in bed. Make sure that you put a small bud vase on the tray. Bring her a favorite magazine or her favorite sections of the Sunday paper. Don’t forget to put Mother’s Day cards on the tray. Then let her lounge in a luxurious bath. Lunch should be light but delicious too. Then top the day off with a delicious dinner. Of course, your mom may need to cook a special dinner for her mom. Below you will find a menu. All the recipes will be in separate entries. Remember none of these recipes are all that hard so even a novice in the kitchen should be able to follow these recipes. The Pea Soup is very time consuming though. So start ahead on that.
Make sure that you are on your best behavior during the day so that she knows she has the best family ever.

Mother's Day Menu
Breakfast in Bed:
Berry Smoothies

Penne with Sausage and Leeks
Blueberries and Cream
Fresh Pea Mint Soup
Lavender Chicken
Scalloped Potatoes
Garnet Pears

“Arise then...women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts! Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!Say firmly:"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,For caresses and applause.Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearnAll that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.We, the women of one country,Will be too tender of those of another countryTo allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up withOur own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."Blood does not wipe our dishonor,Nor violence indicate possession.As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,Let women now leave all that may be left of homeFor a great and earnest day of counsel.Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the meansWhereby the great human family can live in peace...Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,But of God -In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly askThat a general congress of women without limit of nationality, May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenientAnd the earliest period consistent with its objects,To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,The amicable settlement of international questions,The great and general interests of peace.”


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Tabatha said...

Happy Mother's Day Gabby, Hope you, Alex and the boys have a truely special Mother's Day.

XO, Tab

cath said...

LIving far from both Moms (the one I was born to and the one I was blessed to get with marriage), it's hard that my only Mother's Day experience is phone call now, but you know, it would be so lovely to pamper them with the menu you've posted. I'll have to save this for a Mother's Day when I get to spend time with them.

Gabriella True said...

Cath, I live far from home too and know that is hard. I hope next year you can be with one of your moms.


Paz said...

Love the info and your menu.

Happy Mother's Day!


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