The History of Mother's Day
Everybody has a mother. Celebrating motherhood can be traced back to early civilization. The Greeks and Romans worshipped their mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele with early spring festivals. The early Christian tradition of Mothering Sunday, which focused on people returning to their home or “mother” church at the end of Lent, evolved in Middle Age secular culture into honoring the mothers of children.
The modern holiday we know as Mother’s Day first emerged in 1908. Anna Jarvis conceived the idea of recognizing the sacrifices mothers make, and organized a formal celebration at a Methodist church in West Virginia. She successfully lobbied for surrounding towns and states to adopt the celebration, and in 1912, succeeded in her quest for an American holiday honoring female achievements when Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially declaring the second Sunday in May as “Mother’s Day.”
Flowers, general pampering, and jewelry have traditionally been popular Mother’s Day gifts. Any necklace, bracelet, ring, or set of earrings will be a lasting reminder of your appreciation for the Mom in your life. Pieces from The Cherish Collection will show her where your heart is and hand-stamped jewelry from the La Louisiane Collection will be a unique token of affection for the Cajun - or even the non-Cajun - Mom. No matter who you call “Mom,” give her one of these gifts in sterling silver, that will last as long as your love for her.
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I am Laura Teague, a metal smith, knitter and sewist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and traveling the western US whenever I can!