Some fun tidbits in honor of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10.
1. The woman who proposed the holiday in 1870 was the same woman who wrote the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” After the Civil War, Julia Ward Howe suggested a Mother’s Day to recognize peace and protest war.
2. Later, a childless woman campaigned for a national day for moms. Anna Jarvis, who worked with poor mothers in West Virginia, promoted the idea in remembrance of her mother, who wanted a “Mothers’ Friendship Day” to foster reconciliation between Union and Confederate soldiers after the Civil War.
3. Mother’s Day became a designated holiday in 1914, but within a few years, Jarvis became disgusted with how commercial the day had become and started a petition to rescind the holiday.
4. Phone call volume in the U.S. goes up 11% on Mother’s Day.
5. Traditionally, Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants, with some 80 million adults dining out. (We know, not this year! So instead you can make these easy crepes at home!)
6. Carnations were the symbol of Mother’s Day when it began, and the floral industry promoted the idea of wearing a red carnation to honor a person’s living mom or a white carnation to honor a mother who had passed. Today, Mother’s Day is the No. 1 day for floral sales.
7. Hallmark produced its first Mother’s Day card in the early 1920s.
8. In 2000, the average age of first-time moms in the U.S. was 24.9 years old. In 2014, the average age increased to 26.3.
9. Out of every 10 women 15 and older, 43% have no children, 17% have one child, 22% have two children and 18% have three or more children.
10. In 2014, the latest year for which data are available, most women became moms for the first time between ages 20 and 24 (37%). Only 5% of women became first-time moms at age 35 or older