When is Mother’s Day in 2016? Here are Mother’s Day dates, history, recipes, and crafts—plus, verse and poetry for a Mother’s Day card.
Mother’s Day 2016
Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Together, let’s honor the women who raised us—and all the mothers who sacrificed for their children.
|2016||Sunday, May 8|
|2017||Sunday, May 14|
|2018||Sunday, May 13|
Mother’s Day History
Although the custom of setting aside a day to honor mothers has ancient roots, our observance of Mother’s Day originated in 1907 with the efforts of a devoted daughter, Anna M. Jarvis of Philadelphia, who conceived the idea of an annual nationwide celebration. The public and the press quickly embraced the idea, and villages, towns, cities, and states soon began unofficial Mother’s Day observances. On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day, and within a few years, the idea gained worldwide prominence.
The day is now characterized by gift giving, sending greeting cards and flowers, and giving mother a “day off” by cooking for mom or taking her out to eat. Click here to learn more about the: History of Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Recipes
Traditionally, children in England baked a cake for Mother’s Day. If you like this tradition, here’s a truly delicious (and better than boxed) cake recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake.
This Mother’s Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings recipe was passed down through a grandmother who grew up in the hills of Tennessee.
Here are a few more recipes passed down through the generations:
Mother’s Day Gifts and Crafts
Mothers love simple, homemade gifts from the heart! Here are a few craft ideas:
Mother’s Day Quotes and Lore
Add your favorite verse to a Mother’s Day card this year!
Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.
–Hubert Humphrey, American politician
The greatest love is a mother’s; Then comes a dog’s, then comes a sweetheart’s.
In the eyes of its mother, every turkey is a swan.
What good fathers and mother instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.
–Benjamin Spock, American physician (1903–98)
The daughter of a good mother will be the mother of a good daughter.
A Mother’s Day Poem
Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.
–by Christina Rossetti (1839–94)
How will you rememember, celebrate, or honor your mother? Please post below. Of course, if YOU are a mother, too, it’s a double holiday! Any plans?