For all you brownie fanatics who love your mothers (I expect a lot of hands to be going up), this informational post is for you! Mother’s Day is a tradition that has been in place for as long as any of us can remember, but no one ever stops to think about how Mother’s Day came to be recognized as a holiday.
Mother’s Day has been celebrated for centuries, dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans. A type of Mother’s Day was celebrated in England too as a way to honor Virgin Mary. However, Julia Ward Howe first thought of Mother’s Day in the United States in 1872. Her original idea was that Mother’s Day should be dedicated to peace. She held a meeting for several years called Mother’s Peace Day. While her idea was spread, her interpretation didn’t quite stick.
In the early 1900s, a woman named Anna Jarvis brought about the version of Mother’s Day we all know. Her mother’s dream was for mothers to be celebrated for their constant contributions, and so Jarvis made this a reality. She and her supporters wrote letters to people in power hoping for Mother’s Day to become an official holiday. By 1911, Mother’s Day was being celebrate in almost every state, and on May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson put Mother’s Day into place as an official holiday.
It is important that everyone takes this day to really appreciate his or her mother because mothers do so much for their children. Of course, mothers should be thanked for everything they do throughout the year, but this holiday gives us a special day to show our gratitude. While there are many ways to show your mom how much you care, a delicious batch of brownies is certainly one good way to guarantee a huge smile on your mother’s face!