What Day is Mother's Day 2017?

Mother's Day Recipes, Quotes, and a Poem

What Day is Mother's Day

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Honor your mother today and every day! Need a Mother’s Day recipe or poem for your card? Learn more about Mother’s Day dates and find gift ideas, too.

Mother’s Day 2017

Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It’s not a federal holiday, however it’s widely celebrated as a special day to honor all mothers and motherhood. Together, let’s honor the women who raised us—and all the mothers who sacrificed for their children. 

Year Mother’s Day
2017 Sunday, May 14
2018 Sunday, May 13
2019 Sunday, May 12

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. Read more about this history of Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Ideas: Flowers

For Mother’s Day, many children send greeting cards or make a special effort to visit their mothers. 

Of course, flowers or a planted container are a classic gift. Perhaps the most historically-significant flower is the white carnation, which was the symbol that founder Anna Jarvis valued.

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With their exotic and majestic appearance, orchids symbolize love, refinement, and beauty. The orchid is also a Chinese symbol for “many children.”

Lilies are also popular. The day lily is the Chinese symbol of motherhood. 

Purple irises are also a special choice for mothers, symbolizing faith and hope.

See more about flower meanings

Mother’s Day Recipes

Some families like to give mother a “day off” by cooking for her, or breaking her breakfast. Who doesn’t enjoy this gesture?

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A homemade meal is especially appreciated. Wake mom up with this delicious Frittata de Nonna. (Nonna means grandmother in Italy.)

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Or, delight mom with these easy Strawberry Crepes. Just cut the strawberries into heart shapes!

You could also leave her a basket of Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze. Moms are the sweet and the tang in our lives!

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:

Mom’s Meat Loaf

Mom’s Caraway Coleslaw

Big Mama’s Peanut Butter Fudge

Mom’s Chocolate Pie

Traditionally, children in England always baked a cake for their Mother’s Day—called Mothering Sunday (which falls in March). If you like this tradition, here’s a truly delicious (and better than boxed) cake recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Mother’s Day Gifts and Crafts

Mothers love simple, homemade gifts from the heart! Here are a few craft ideas:

Make your own lavender sachet

Make your own note cards

Make your own rose potpourri

Make raspberry vinegar 

Make your own gift jars

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.
–Polish proverb

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 remember, celebrate, or honor your mother?  Please post below. Of course, if YOU are a mother, may we wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mother is my inspiration

Not enough a million words to pour out my love to you mother

Mothersday

My mom passed away 2010 I would like to post something very special for her

My mom is very very special to me!

you are the best mom i every had in this whole world for me. I love you mom for ever and for every in my life.

with lots of love
your Girl R.S

THIS mom wants to go OUT to eat!

I know, restaurants are mobbed on Mother's Day, but we can go the day before. Make those reservations! Mom would love surf and turf, or a lobster, or duck a la orange, or even the Chinese buffet.

mother's day 2016

And she whose beauty is so fair
Whose love no one can compare
Has held us when we had our fears
And known us when we are far or near
Will be forever in our hearts
Who reared us from the start
And to the lady we remember and commemorate
This special day is yours for us to celebrate

MOM wishes

MOM is the actual God on this earth and nobody can take her place, I really wish her on the special day, I love you MOM very much who care each and every time. thank you MOM....

i miss you mum for the last

i miss you mum for the last 40 years

MY MOTHER IS MY HEART

only the mother can gives( 200 percentage ) to there children's to leave in this great world without any troubles to no them .
only the mother can scarifies there life with there children's .
NO one will scarifies there life with any one in there life's

my life is my mom

Mom is my life.

happy Mothers day

Love mom and Dad

mothersday

thank you so much

MAM IS BEST

I Love my Mom

Wishes for our

Wishes for our Mother
Sparkles in her eyes. Roses on her cheeks.
Thoughts of days gone by.
Promises of days to come.
Love from family and friends.
These are what we wish for you
Now and Forever.

Love you MAA. without you I

Love you MAA. without you I am nothing. You are the most beautiful gift of God. Missing you so much,,,

I love my mom she first god

I love my mom she first god for me & alvyas for me all life love you MAA

from the bottom of my heart a

from the bottom of my heart a voice came saying I LOVE YOU MOM

MY MOM IS HEAVEN NOW, BUT I

MY MOM IS HEAVEN NOW, BUT I ALWAYS RELEASE BALLOONS IN HER HONOR.WE MISS YOU MOM ALWAYS,

I LOVE MY MOM WHATEVER SHE IS

I LOVE MY MOM WHATEVER SHE IS AND WHAT EVER SHE DOES :)

MY MOM IS THE BEST

MY MOM IS THE BEST PERSONALITY IN THE WORLD! !!!!AND ONE OF MY BESTEST FRIEND 'S IN THE WORLD

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happy mothers day

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I remember my mother's

I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

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I LOVE MY MOTHER VERY MUCH.

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I love my mother

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i love my mother she always ready to help me and support me. She want her son/daughter always look happy

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