We are mothers every single day. From sun up to sun down, this is a role that we can never take a vacation or retirement from. Whatever the age of our kids, being a mother never stops and will always drive us whatever the situation. So, if it is so important, why is mother’s day only celebrated once a year? Can’t we, mothers, be rewarded for it every day? How did the celebration even start? Let’s find out in this article that’s dedicated to all moms in the world.
How did the celebration of Mother’s Day originate?
Why is mother’s day being celebrated? Quite obviously, it is to honour all mums in the world for their selfless acts, maternal bonds, and their role in society. It was unofficially started in 1908 by Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Jarvis who was a peace activist who took care of the wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. Ann died in 1905, and this was the same year Anna that started the task of asking for support to celebrate Mother’s Day in honour of all mothers in the world who selflessly take care of their families.
How to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?
There are so many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. But if the budget is too tight this year, here are some suggestions on how to make mum feel special without spending too much or breaking your wallet.
1. Decorate a part of the house that mom loves to frequent
Mum is the queen of the home; therefore, every part of it is her turf. Instead of going out on a picnic, why not stay home and spend less? So, choose a space that she frequents—the kitchen, her bedroom, or the patio. Decorate it with flowers, balloons, and a wreath of her favourite colour or colours. Then, place a streamer with a greeting along with her photo for personalisation. You can even set up a tea party for mum and call grandma too to celebrate with the family. Of course, when you do, make sure to greet and make grandma feel as special too for without her, nobody in the family would be around. By doing this, you’re not only more intimate with the family, but it’s also economical.
2. Cook for mum
If you’re living with mum in the same house or neighbourhood, take the time to cook for her. Either you bring the ingredients to her house and cook there with her, or you can cook at home or order food and have it delivered to her house. But personally, I would suggest preparing it with her and taking advantage of bonding with mum for a few hours on Mother’s Day.
3. Go for a virtual lunch date
If you live in a different city, you can thank modern technology to bring you closer to mum on this special day. Set up a Skype, Google Meet, or Zoom call with her and make it more special by having a virtual lunch together.
4. Watch a classic movie with mum
On Mother’s Day, bring a DVD or download a copy of her favourite classic movie. The Sound of Music is many mums’ favourite. Microwave some popcorn, bring cupcakes, and tons of her favourite snacks. No home theatre system? No problem! Close the window blinds, fire up the AC, and switch off the lights! Tada! Instant home theatre system! Throw some pillows on the carpeted floor and let the kids join you too!
5. Make a video
Do something unique! Make a video of you and have people join you—your family, mum’s friends, dad, and everyone else who wants to make mum feel extra special on this day.
6. Get mum a homemade gift
Of course, Mother’s Day won’t be complete without a gift for mum. The good news is that you don’t have to buy something expensive. You can make something for her, and that makes it even more special. Send her a fruit basket, a special soap, or any other DIY stuff that you think mum will love.
7. Give her breakfast in bed
All your life, mum has always been the one to do this for you. Now, it’s time to give her the favour and fix her a bountiful breakfast in bed. You need to know what time she usually wakes up, then wake her up to this pleasant surprise.
8. Give her a piece of jewelry
I know we said inexpensive ways to celebrate mum’s day. But this specific tip is only applicable if you really want to. Brighten up Mother’s Day with a gift of a piece of jewelry for mum. What does she like best? A necklace, a brooch, a pair of earrings, a ring? It’s only a once-a-year celebration, and you don’t have to give mum something this expensive every year, right?
If you haven’t planned anything yet, there’s still time to think of something. If the budget’s really tough, you don’t have to spend anything. Just give mum time even for just today to remind her of how grateful you are for all her sacrifices.