Mother's Day Fun Facts
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All for Mom1 of 14
By Natasha Burton
In honor of the upcoming Mother's Day weekend, we put together some little-known facts about the holiday's humble beginnings, how we celebrate today and more. Here's to the amazing women who gave us life—thanks, Mom!
Peaceful Beginnings2 of 14
The holiday's unofficial beginning came in the 1870s, when Julia Ward Howe, a poet and suffragette, issued a declaration that there should be a special day for mothers, which she envisioned as an annual gathering where women could meet to discuss how to achieve world peace.
Second Time Around3 of 14
Anna Jarvis is credited as the founder of the official Mother's Day. One day in Sunday school, her mother said she hoped someone would found a "memorial mother's day." After her mother's death, Anna set out to make Mother's Day a national holiday.
It's Official!4 of 14
May 1907 marked the first Mother's Day service in a church in West Virginia, and the custom soon spread to churches in 45 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada. In 1914, Congress put forth a resolution to make Mother's Day a national holiday and it was promptly signed by President Woodrow Wilson.
Around the World5 of 14
While most countries typically celebrate Mother's Day in May, in many places the holiday takes place in March or December instead. Most festivities today involve honoring one's mother and the other moms in one's life, however in some countries, like France and Germany, Mother's Day began as a way to combat low birth rates and celebrated motherhood in order to encourage more women to bear children.
Wayward Wives6 of 14
A disappointing Mother's Day may lead moms to stray. For the past four years, infidelity-based matchmaking site AshleyMadison.com has reported that more married women sign up for its services on the day after Mother's Day than any other day of the year. Last year, there was a 439 percent increase of sign-ups over a typical Monday with 15,422 women joining the site, according to the site's founder Noel Biderman.
Moms by the Numbers7 of 14
According to population data, 4.1 million women gave birth in the last year and 20 percent of women ages 15 to 44 have two children. The average age to become a mom is now 25 years old—a little more than three years older than the median age for motherhood in 1970.
Record-Breaking Mama8 of 14
According to Guinness World Records, Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev, a Russian peasant, set the record for the most births by a single woman in history. Between 1725 and 1765, she had 69 children and 27 pregnancies, none of which were single births but rather sets of twins, triplets and quadruplets.
Baby Month9 of 14
September is the most popular month to become a mom, with the top ten most common birthdays all falling within that month (September 16 is the most common). Why September? Scientists who gathered the data think it's no coincidence that this month falls nine months after Christmas and New Year's celebrations.
Big Spender10 of 14
According to data on Mother's Day gifting, an average of $18.6 billion is spent on moms for the holiday—with the average person spending just over $150. As for the most popular gifts, 83 percent of people plan to buy mom a card and 64 percent will get her flowers.
Flower Power11 of 14
Mother's Day flowers account for one-fourth of total floral purchases made for the holidays each year, according to the Society of American Florists. Of all the people planning to buy flowers or plants on Mother's Day, 70 percent will give them to their own mothers, while 23 percent buy plants or arrangements for their wives and 24 percent for their mothers-in-law.
Petal Pusher12 of 14
The quintessential Mother's Day flower is the carnation, Anna Jarvis' mother's favorite flower, which was used to decorate the first modern celebration of the holiday. Traditionally, mothers who are living are honored with colored blooms, while those who are deceased are commemorated with white ones.
In the Cards13 of 14
According to data from Hallmark, Mother’s Day is the second most popular holiday for gift giving and remains the third-largest card-sending holiday in the United States. To make sure you find the perfect message for Mom, the card company offers 1,350 options of Mother's Day cards from which to choose.
What Mom Wants14 of 14
While cards and flowers are appreciated, most moms want gifts that don't cost a thing. A recent poll by NPD Group for Child's Play Communications shows that mothers would really like a handmade gift from their little ones or time for themselves on Mother's Day.
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