Ella – May 6, 2019

This past Saturday, The Danish Home held a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch for residents and their families. The food was fabulous, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect – a welcome diversion from all the rain we’ve been having lately! The Danish Home’s bulb garden in full bloom (see top photo) was also the ideal backdrop for an event dedicated to all the special mothers in our lives. I know I speak for everyone when I say that it was a delightful day in celebration of our Mors, Mormors, Morfars, and all the treasured women at The Danish Home.

Anna Jarvis

Anna Jarvis is considered to be the founder of Mother’s Day.

This Sunday, the rest of the nation will also join in to celebrate Mother’s Day, along with many other countries around the world.  The celebration of Mom and those significant mother figures in our lives has become quite a global phenomenon, and rightfully so!  After all, Anna Jarvis, considered the founder of Mother’s Day, wanted this special day to honor each individual’s mother; hence, the singularity of the name. Here are some more interesting facts about Mother’s Day.

An 1800s vintage photo of a mother with her little child on a swing.

People have been celebrating mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers since the 1800s.

I made mention of treasured women, and I cannot leave out the 12 founding women of The Danish Home and what Mother’s Day must have meant to them as well.  Interestingly enough, Mother’s Day has its roots in the mid-1800’s, in the years before the Civil War, so there is no doubt that the women of The Danish Home most likely celebrated this day in some form or another as well.  These 12 women that made up The Society for the Danish Old People’s Home, which eventually opened its doors in the early 1900’s, were indeed mothers.  It’s hard to say what a Mother’s Day in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s must have been like for them, and I’m sure it was far less commercialized than it is now.  However, as my Mormor always says, it’s the thought that counts!

Here’s a brief historical summary of this special day:

“The origins of Mother’s Day are attributed to different people. Many believe that two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis, were important in establishing the tradition of Mother’s Day in the United States. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.

Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year to encourage pacifism and disarmament amongst women. It continued to be held in Boston for about ten years under her sponsorship, but died out after that.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann Jarvis had organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. Anna Jarvis launched a quest for Mother’s Day to be more widely recognized.

In 1908, she was instrumental in arranging a service in the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has now become the International Mother’s Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.”

Do you have a favorite  Mother’s day tradition?  Share it with us on our Facebook page!

Glædelig Mors Dag! (Happy Mother’s Day!)