6 Things You Never Knew About Mother's Day

May 10th is Mother's Day, and while you should probably celebrate by telling mom you love her, that doesn't mean you can't also stretch your brain with some trivia. Here are a 6 facts and about Mother's Day that might surprise you...


The History of American Mother's Day Starts With Ann Jarvis The woman who had championed the day, Anna Jarvis, had for years campaigned for a day for mothers on the grounds that existing holidays tended to favor men. She was also dedicated to creating an official day to honor the work mothers put in to raising their children.  After the death of Ann Reeves Jarvis, her daughter Anna Jarvis continued her legacy by creating the official holiday.  Anna Reeves Jarvis sought to honor her own mother by establishing an intimate day of observance that is very obviously the basis of today's holiday. The very first Mother's Day was celebrated in 1908. A plaque commemorates the inaugural Mother’s Day celebration at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia.

President Woodrow Wilson Made the Holiday Official Making Mother’s Day a state holiday wasn’t enough for Anna Jarvis, and she continued to press for it to become a national celebration. It was brought to the attention of President Woodrow Wilson. In 1914, he proclaimed that Mother’s Day would be celebrated nationwide on the second Sunday in May and directed that the flag be flown on all the government buildings to express reverence and love for all the country’s mothers.


Anna Jarvis Ended Up Hating Mother’s Day The holiday quickly became a commercialized opportunity for producers to sell flowers, candies, and cards. Anna Reeves Jarvis felt this was detracting from the personal and intimate aspects of the holiday and defied this by starting boycotts, walkouts, and even condemned first lady Eleanor Roosevelt for using the day as a means of fundraising. Jarvis would eventually use all her money in this fight, and died at the age of 84 in a sanatorium.

The Record For The Most Children A Russian woman, who lived between 1707 and 1782, holds the highest official record after giving birth to 69 children. She had 27 pregnancies, which included 16 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets, and four sets of quadruplets. Only two of them died in infancy.

The Oldest Mother Could Easily Have Been a Grandmother India’s Daljinder Kaur was believed to be in her ?early 70s when she gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on April 19, 2016. Kaur and her 79-year-old husband, Mohinder Singh Gill, spent decades trying to have a baby—and finally succeeded after saving up enough money for fertility treatments.

Over $23 Billion Was Spent On Mother's Day Last Year The National Retail Federation estimated that $23.6 billion was spent on Mother's Day gifts last year with shoppers spending an average of $186.39 on their mother. A nationwide total of $4.6 billion was spent on jewelry and $4.4 billion on dinners or brunches. As you might have guessed, Mother's Day is definitely a busy day for flower shops. One-fourth of the year's floral purchases are made around Mother's Day.  Twenty-five percent of their total sales are made around this holiday, according to the Society of American Florists.