May 6, 2015
This Sunday is the mother of all days to celebrate Mom, Mor, Mama, or whatever you may lovingly call one of the most special ladies in your life. She put up with all that you dished out and still had enough love to bake you a cake on your birthday, take care of you when you were sick, and she always gave the best hugs (still does!).
Although this modern-day international celebration of mom originated in America, and was inspired by the philosophies of two very resolute ladies, the concept of feasting and rejoicing in honor of a mother figure can be traced back to Ancient Egyptian times.
In the 19th century it was women’s rights and education reformer, dignitary, and famous author of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” Julia Ward Howe, who was instrumental in the inception of a special day to celebrate mothers. She traveled the world promoting peace and envisioning a day of solemn council where women from all over the world could meet to discuss the duty of ultimately protecting their children. Later, Anna M. Jarvis worked to urge President Wilson to recognize an official national day of recognition to this cause, and in 1914 the second Sunday in May was declared “Mother’s Day” in the US.
The first Mother’s Day in Denmark was celebrated on May 12, 1929 after parliament officer Christian Svenningsen, having immigrated to the US in 1911 and served in WWI, learned of Mother’s Day from his comrades overseas. He returned to his homeland with the idea that funds could be collected to aid war widows and mothers who had lost a son to the war. To this day Denmark continues to celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day as America, unlike other Norwegian neighbors.
What I love the most about going through the contents of the hope chest is that I find the heartfelt cards and notes to and from Emma and her children and grandchildren. It reminds me that the special times we share with loved ones are measured in the memories we create more than anything else.
Are you looking to spend some quality time with Mom? Take her to the upcoming Women’s Auxiliary of the Danish Home’s Smørrebrød Benefit Luncheon on May 30th. She, and your stomach, will thank you! Visit our Pinterest page for tons of Smørrebrød inspiration.
Want to make Mom really proud? Enter this month’s giveaway for a chance to win $100 (reimburse yourself for those beautiful flowers you give her this Sunday)! Increase your chances of winning by submitting a total of 10 entries just by following the directions below. Contest ends May 31 and you must confirm your subscription to win!
Good luck and Glædelig Mors Dag!