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FRESH and Festive: Mother’s Day

While thinking about what to write for this blog, I realized that I have celebrated Mother’s Day year after year without knowing how it all got started.  I often wonder…did Hallmark dictate that every second Sunday of May would be known as Mother’s Day, or is there more to it than that?  Well you are in luck!  I did some research and am happy to report that there is a lot more to it than that!

According to one of my favorite information sources, Wikipedia, the earliest tributes to mothers date back to the annual spring festival the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings ancient Romans made to their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele.

In the United States, Mother’s Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it “Mother’s Work Day.”

In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, began a campaign to memorialize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers.”

Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna’s mother in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother’s favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. In 1914 Anna’s hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday.

Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States. While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother’s Day on different days and at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.

Honor your Mom this year with gorgeous flowers and a delicious meal from FRESH.

Our award-winning floral designer, Shellie, will put together the perfect arrangement from our amazing selection of flowers.  She can make something unique from your Mom’s favorite flowers or is great at giving suggestions if you don’t quite know where to start.  The best news is that she can work with any budget to design a masterpiece.

Also, for the first time, you can purchase a FRESH for 4 Meal.  Give Mom a day off with this delicious chef-prepared meal for the whole family.  It includes two Petit Filets with white wine poached Maine lobster tail and lemon-herb compound butter, roasted brussel sprouts and FRESH Israeli cous cous PLUS pretzel crusted chicken tenders, mac and cheese, steamed broccoli and 4 brioche rolls.  And you can get all of that for just $43.99!  This meal will be available from Friday, 5/11 through Sunday, 5/13.

Make FRESH your Mother’s Day one-stop destination this year!  You won’t be sorry you did!