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Mother’s Day’s Fascinating History

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Did you know the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914? That’s right. On Sunday, we will be celebrating 100 years from the time founder Anna Jarvis coneived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.

Be sure to watch the History Channel’s fascinating 3-minute vignette about the history of Mother’s Day. Think it was all carnations and roses? Think again. By 1920, Anna had become so disgusted with Mother’s Day that denounced the holiday and even was arrested protesting it. Take a few minutes to watch the fascinating story.

But there’s a happy ending. On Sunday, deserving moms will be celebrated and this whole week, we will have essays dedicated unto them!

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar Pinky May 5, 2014

    Is it bad that I’m laughing? What a history!

  • comment avatar Marta May 5, 2014

    I really feel for her. How often have we started something and it becomes a beast unto itself, spiraling so far from what we originally intended. Here’s for hoping we bring the simplicity back into Mother’s Day.

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