Hot off the heels of Valentines Day comes Mother’s day, and the opportunity to spoil the most important lady in your life. Mother’s Day is a holiday which occurs on the second Sunday of every March, and has quite an interesting story. It is said that Mother’s Day (as we know it) was developed in America in the early part of the 20th Century (1908 specifically), when the creator, a lady by the name of Anna Jarvis, used that Sunday to hold a memorial for her mother who had passed away. We’re firm believers in the fact that every mother should be celebrated – but Anna’s mother, in particular, was a pretty amazing lady.
Anna Jarvis’ mother was a peace activist which cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, without compromising her care based on allegiance, motivation, politics or actions. All-in-all, she saved lives on both sides and did not believe that motivations or mindset meant that these soldiers were any less than any other.
Anna’s intention behind her creation of Mother’s Day was honouring all mothers, for the fact that they are, in Anna’s own words, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.” Which we can certainly agree describes the role of a mother perfectly well, and also in an absolutely lovely manner.
The origin of Mother’s Day takes a bit of a turn when you consider how it has been adopted in the time since it has been conceived. Marketing teams throughout the world no doubt realised that most people would agree with the sentiment of honouring your mother, and indeed, everyone has one. Mother’s Day nowadays is quite an expensive affair, with most businesses seeing the day as a way of bringing in sales after a Christmas period. When card companies started to commercialise Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis was enraged and spent the rest of her days campaigning against the commercialisation of what obviously was so special and so personal to her. It’s rather sad to look at the commercialisation of Mother’s Day, especially nowadays, but you can get it right.
Instead of resorting to purchasing your mother a generic card and buying her pre-packaged chocolates off an assembly line, or even resorting to purchasing flowers which may not even last a week, why not take Mum out for a treat, sit down with her, and have a good long talk about things? The importance of contact is absolutely vital, and we’re all guilty of putting people to the side sometimes in order to focus on our own busy lives. Instead of throwaway items, a quick phone call, and then nothing – why not offer to meet up with her and have a good long talk (while of course being spoiled!) about everything?
Contact can be the difference between ticking the boxes on yet another Mother’s Day (and feeling vaguely empty about it…) and something truly heartfelt, in Anna’s own spirit.
We have a very special Mother’s Day menu at the St Tudno Hotel Restaurant in Llandudno, and we would be honoured to host both you and the most important woman in your life this Mother’s Day.