By Diane Lyn

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day. What else?

It started in Grafton, West Virginia by Anna Jarvis. She was not a mother, never had children of her own, the death of her own mother inspired her to organize the first Mother’s Day. Sadly she died penniless and in a Philadelphia sanitarium.

It was always, “Mother’s Day,” Not “Mothers’ Day”.

In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson officially proclaimed the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $162.94 on mom. Mother’s Day is the year’s most popular holiday for dining out.

Hallmark Cards sold its first Mother’s Day cards in the 1920s.

The most long distance calls in the US, happen on, Mother’s Day.

(Sources: Hallmark, National Geographic, and National Retail Federation)


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