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Happy Mother's Day!! by Priyanka ,  May 12, 2013

Mother's Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.

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What do people do?

Many people send cards or gifts to their mother or mother figure or make a special effort to visit her. Common Mother's Day gifts are flowers, chocolate, candy, clothing, jewelry and treats, such as a beauty treatment or trip to a spa. Some families organize an outing for all of their members or hold a special meal at home or in a restaurant. In the days and weeks before Mother's Day, many schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their mothers.

Public life

Mother's Day is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are on any other Sunday in the year. Public transit systems run to their normal Sunday schedules. Restaurants may be busier than usual, as some people take their mothers out for a treat.

Background

The origins of Mother's Day are attributed to different people. Many believe that two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were important in establishing the tradition of Mother's Day in the United States. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.

Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother's Day to be celebrated each year to encourage pacifism and disarmament amongst women. It continued to be held in Boston for about ten years under her sponsorship, but died out after that.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother's Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann Jarvis had organized "Mother's Day Work Clubs" to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. Anna Jarvis launched a quest for Mother's Day to be more widely recognized. Her campaign was later financially supported by John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant from Philadelphia.

In 1908, she was instrumental in arranging a service in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has now become the International Mother's Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Mother's Day has become a day that focuses on generally recognizing mothers' and mother figures' roles. Mother's Day has also become an increasingly important event for businesses in recent years. This is particularly true of restaurants and businesses manufacturing and selling cards and gift items.

For any woman raising a family we know how easy it is to neglect our health and deprive ourselves of  time outside the home.  Here’s your opportunity to give a Mom a special Mother’s Day gift!  For the week of May 13th through May 18th bring any mother you know to SCORE  for FREE classes!  Let this be a chance to let a mom spend a little time for herself and focus on her mental health as well as her physical well being.

Celebrities Tweet Mother's Day 2013

Celebrities Tweet Mother's Day 2013

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

A slew of celebrities took to Twitter today to give well wishes and thank their moms, grandmothers, and even on-screen mamas on their special day.

Kerry Washington: “HAPPY MOTHERS DAY to all you moms, God-moms, step-moms, pet moms, Other Mothers, etc! (that means YOU TOO movie mom x 2 –> @s_epatha XOXO)”

Justin Timberlake: “I’m a Mother Lover… Happy Mom’s Day to all you Mothers out there!!! I love you Mom!”

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Gisele Bundchen: “Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful woman who know the joy , challenges and love of being a mother…”

Jamie Bell: “I’d like to wish my incredible wife @evanrachelwood a happy Mother’s Day! Her first one! Here’s to you darling. X”

Victoria Beckham: “Happy Mother’s Day fashion bunnies! x vb”

Kate Walsh: “Happy #MothersDay to all the mama tw’eeps! Keep an eye out for the mail ;) #TeamWalshies”

Octavia Spencer: “Cheers to all the mothers out there who make this world a friendlier place to navigate!!!! #ThePowerofMoms”

Nathan Followill: “Happy Mothers Day to my mama @MaggieSteel Love you.”

Fergie: “Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mommy Terri & all the strong mamas out there.”

Bryan Greenberg: “All you crazy kids wish your moms happy Mother’s Day!”

Eric Stonestreet: “Happy mothers day to my mom Jamey ONLY. You other mothers are on your own.”

Oprah: “Happy Mothers Day to the women of the world who are the first spiritual teachers. MOOOOOTHERS! #blessingstoall”

Julianne Hough: “Happy Mothers Day to my beautiful Sisters @katherineh82 @shareewise @marabethpoole and to my loving two moms @marriannnelson and @debrahough I am so grateful to have these strong examples of what being a wonderful mother means! Love, honesty, compassion, strength, leadership, kindness, generosity, energy, selflessness, fun, passion… The list goes on! Everyone’s mother has the chance to be the most amazing mother. Looks like I scored in the mom department! Xoxo”

Mindy Kaling: “I love you, Mom! Every day is Mother’s Day. Xo”

Dita Von Teese: “Happy Mothers’ Day to my favorite moms, @momvonteese, @jenavonteese & @SarahASweet”

Lena Dunham: “I love you mom. This Mother’s Day I’m giving you your F-CKING SPACE.”

Danielle Fishel: “Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Single moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms, and moms who are no longer with us. <3"

Ludacris: “HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL THE STRONG & RESILIENT MOTHERS TODAY!”

Colin Hanks: “Playing Pink Floyd’s “Mother” doesn’t seem to be setting the Mothers Day vibe I was going for. #HappyMothersDay to all the moms out there”

Paula Abdul: “‘A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.’ -Dorothy Canfield Fisher ( Happy Mother’s Day! xoP)”

Kelly Hu: “Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommys out there. I am in constant awe of you ladies who do the toughest job in the world!”

Colin Donnell: “A happy happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there, especially mine whom I’m sending hugs to the Midwest to!”

Keith Urban: “Happy Mother’s Day! Wishing all of you a wonderful day!”

Candice Accola: “Happy birthday @Caryshotwife!!! And happy mother’s day to the hottest tv momma a gal could have xoxo”

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