The First Mothers Day Gift

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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, many people are beginning to look the perfect gift idea for their dear mother. Some will choose a Mother’s Day Spa Package, others will go for the perfect brunch.  But, why is Mother’s Day so important in the first place? Where did this wonderful day of mom originate?

The roots of Mother’s Day date back all the way to the 19th century. Prior to the civil war, Ann Reeves Jarvis helped to begin a Mother’s Day Work Club to teach local women in West Virginia how to care for their children.

Another contributor to “Mother’s Day” was abolitionist Julia Ward Howe. She, in 1870, wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” asking mothers around the world to come together promoting world peace. She campaigned each year to celebrate every June 2nd. as “Mother’s Day”

The official Mother’s Day Holiday began in the 1900s by the daughter of Anna Jarvis Reeves, Anna Jarvis. Although she was unmarried and childless for her entire life, she argued that American holidays were biased towards men and pushed to have Mother’s Day added as an official American holiday.  She stated a giant letter writing campaign to newspapers and politicians proclaiming the adoption of a special day for mom. Her efforts finally paid off when in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson officially signed into proclamation that every second Sunday in May would be Mother’s Day.

The actions of Anna Jarvis can easily be considered the very first Mother’s Day Gift. She took the baton that her mother had left her and ran with it as far as she could. What are you thinking of doing for your mother this Mother’s Day? Perhaps a day at the spa?

Palestra Boutique Spa has just the right gift for your mom, or even the mom to be.

Featured Spa Service:

Mother-to-be: Beauty Garden Facial and PreNatal Massage  For the eco-conscious spa guest, this organic facial features cherry bud extract, sunflower and lavender from the unspoiled Gardens of Sothys in Auriac, France, and delivers nourishing, hydrating benefits revealing revitalized and brighter skin. Following, is a gentle and relaxing, yet therapeutic, prenatal massage to relieve fatigue and ease discomfort, while alleviating stress on weight-bearing joints and musculo-fascial structures. Recommended for all moms-to-be with approval of her physician. 120 minutes


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