Mother’s Day

Celebrating mothers

 As the second Sunday of May nears, it’s time to think of ways to celebrate mothers. Of course, that’s a worthy pursuit at any time of year!

At the Insurance Center of Milwaukee, we thought it would be fun to provide a little history of Mother’s Day, as well as a few ideas to honor the special women in all of our lives.

Ancient beginnings

According to MothersDayCentral.com, the ancient Egyptians held an annual festival to honor “the mother of the pharaohs” – the goddess Isis.  This is one of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a mother.

Mother’s Day in the U.S.

In 1908, Anna Jarvis of West Virginia, decided she wanted to accomplish her mother’s dream of a celebration of all mothers.  By 1909, more than 40 states were holding Mother’s Day services – even though it was not a national holiday.  In 1912, according to Wikipedia, West Virginia was the first state to officially observe Mother’s Day.  Jarvis continued to promote the day until President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday in 1914.

She later regretted creating the holiday, believing that it had become too commercialized.

Enough with the history – where are the gift ideas?

At the Insurance Center of Milwaukee, we know you might have more urgent concerns on your mind, like last-minute shopping, so here are the most popular Mother’s Day gifts, according to MothersDayCentral.com:

Flowers, Gift baskets, Personalized gifts, Jewelry, Perfume, Spa gifts, Magazines

Of course, the BEST gift of all is getting in touch and letting the moms in your life know just how much they mean to you.  Oh, and don’t forget, if you get jewelry for your mom, remind her to get it insured!  Happy Mother’s Day!