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May 3, 2016

Mothers Day Ecards

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As all of you must know Mothers day is on May 8th. Are you ready? Even if you have planned for a nice Mothers day brunch for your mom. It never hurts to send her some mothers day animated ecards for this special occasion.

We have a very thoughtful mothers day ecard like this one which express our thoughts in words.

Thoughtful Mothers Day ecard

Thoughtful Mothers Day ecard

Or you can send this idyllic mothers day card.

Mothers Day ecards

Mothers Day ecards

So go ahead and spread the joy and thanks!

April 28, 2013

Mothers Day Cards

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Mothers day

Mothers day

Mother’s day is Sunday May 12, 2013. Its coming up soon. Make sure you call or have plans with your mother on that day. Its always nice to send her some mothers day ecards or better still bring along a mothers day cards that you have made using one of our many thoughtful designs. Do not forget to personalize it with your favorite photo.

Have a great Mother’s Day.

May 2, 2010

Mothers Day Ecards

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Mothers Day is next Sunday May 10th, 2010. Here are some fun facts to surprise your Mothers:

In 1914, the US Congress passed legislation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

82.8 million Estimated number of mothers in the United States in 2004.

55% Percentage of 15- to 44-year-olds who are mothers.

81% Percentage of women 40 to 44 years old who are mothers. In 1980, 90 percent of women in that age group were mothers.

Related links

To will find mothers day ecards and free mothers day printable cards at Gotfreecards.com

Anna Jarvis

April 25, 2010

My Most Memorable Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day took a sweet turn for me a few years ago. Here’s how-

I grew up in a country where Mother’s Day was never a big deal. So, I began celebrating the holiday only a few years ago.  Celebrating may not even be the right word. All I did was to call my mom and wish her, and on a few occasions, I sent her flowers and a greeting card.

My mom, of course, would shrug it away as if it was the silliest thing to celebrate a day in her honor.

As for me, I wasn’t completely sold on the idea and always felt uncomfortable with the way in which we were commercializing our feelings for our loved ones, but, I played along and saw no harm in wishing Mom a Happy Mother’s Day once a year.

But everything changed in the summer of 2006.

I became a Mom.

Mother’s Day since then has never been the same.  Every year on Mother’s Day, my little girl wishes me in her own sweet way and I can’t express how much I value and cherish her little ‘gifts’ and cards.  We’ve celebrated three Mother’s Days since my daughter was born.  Although I remember all of them well and have fond memories of my baby wishing me, Mother’s Day 2009 was probably the most memorable.

We celebrated it on Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Perfect weather, a beautiful ocean, the most gorgeous sunrise and miles of soft sand and sparkling sea shells made last year’s Mother’s Day weekend wonderful in every way. It was my daughter’s first trip to the beach. We spent the day building sand castles, collecting sea shells, telling sea monster stories, strolling along the beach and just having a marvelous time.

Technically speaking, there was no ‘Mother’s Day gift’.  But I couldn’t have asked for a better gift.

Watching my daughter enjoy herself without a care in the world, exploring sand and sea in her cute bathing suit gave me more joy than any designer gift could have.  I had a great time myself, with no thoughts of work or chores or bills ruining my experience.

It was a beautiful, memorable Mother’s Day, and it didn’t cost us a fortune or weeks of elaborate planning.

That Mother’s Day made me realize that holidays and special occasions are opportunities for us to create memories together. You don’t have to spend your savings or plan meticulously to have a good time and show your loved ones how much you care.  A gift is great, but it doesn’t have to break your budget or be the focus of your celebration.

Spending less money on ‘things’ and more time with each other may be the secret to having memorable moments throughout our lives.  Speaking from personal experience, I strongly recommend you try it. Instead of splurging on gifts, plan an outing or a day with your Mom. It could be as simple as a picnic in her backyard or a trip to her favorite spot in the city.  What makes it special and memorable is the fact that you spend time with her doing what she enjoys and just have a good time together.

So, Moms, here’s wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day – may you be surrounded by love and joy and may the fond memories of your special day last forever.

P.S:  Don’t tell anyone…but this year, I’ll be flying home with my daughter to celebrate Mother’s Day with my Mom and Grandma. Four generations, three Moms, three Daughters. That should be some Mother’s Day celebration!

April 18, 2010

Why Mother’s Day is So Popular in America…

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by Rupa

and My Dilemma Surrounding Mother’s Day!

Although it seems like a universal holiday now, did you know that Mother’s Day has always been a predominantly western tradition? This holiday celebrated with gusto in countries like America, Canada and Australia was little known to people in Asian countries like India, where I come from. Here, the concept of Mother’s Day started gaining popularity only over the last decade or two. Growing up, I don’t remember celebrating Mother’s Day, or for that matter Father’s Day or any of these modern holidays my cousins, nieces and nephews in India celebrate today.

You probably know the history behind Mother’s Day and how Anna Jarvis is credited with starting the tradition in honor of her mother, Mrs. Reese Jarvis.  Many in America adopted the holiday in 1908, but it was in 1914, that the Presidential proclamation declared the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day to honor all mothers.

When I think about why the holiday is considered so important in America, and why it took decades for its appeal to reach other countries, a couple of probable reasons pop up in my head.

Children move out of their parents’ house in America. Not the case in many Asian or Middle-eastern countries. Children continued living with their parents even after becoming adults, unless there was a pressing need to move out, such as educational or career opportunities in a different city. Sons continued to live with their parents post-marriage, while daughters moved into their husbands’/ in-laws’ place. Parental ties remained strong regardless. Daughters returned to their parent’s place during pregnancy and/or child birth and stayed for a few months afterwards.  Sons dutifully cared for their parents until the very end. Joint families were common and so, one probably never saw the need to set aside a day to spend time with his mother or to bring her flowers. Parents and children were an integral part of each other’s lives.  Each pitched in towards bringing in income or carrying out household chores.  My guess: They probably depended on each other and saw each other a lot more than in the West. So, the idea of celebrating a special holiday for a certain member of the family may simply never have occurred. Whereas in the west, where it’s very common for kids to move out of their parents home during their teenage years to lead independent lives – the need to allocate a day to celebrate and honor one’s parents is understandable.

In countries like Indiatraditionally, parents were honored, revered, implicitly obeyed and routinely consulted. Not just on a special holiday or during a particular season, but all the time. Respecting one’s parents was considered a sacred duty and serving them, a privilege. So, though there may have been no ‘Mother’s Day’, children never set out on an important mission without seeking their parents’ blessings – be it a test at school, a performance or one’s wedding.  Bringing flowers and greeting cards may not have been in vogue, but children cared for aging, disabled or sick parents without a second thought. It was just assumed that children would look after their parents just as their parents had cared for them. So, you see, in a way, everyday was Mother’s or Father’s day.

Expressing feelings with material gifts is a relatively modern, western concept. You don’t have to think long and hard to figure out that marketers and retailers benefit the most from these holidays. Sure, your flowers, gifts and dinner treats may thrill mom, but she probably would be just as happy if you simply paid her a visit or spent a few hours with her without splurging on gifts.  In many cultures and countries, exchange of gifts within a family was unheard of until very recently. The idea that material gifts express one’s feelings didn’t exist. Consumers in America and other western, capitalist countries on the other hand, aren’t new to this. Spending money on ‘things’ and exchanging gifts on special occasions has been part of the culture here for several decades.

My Mother’s Day Dilemma

So, you see, I have mixed feelings about celebrating Mother’s Day. My mother is my best friend, teacher, guide and confidante. We talk every day. We read each other’s minds on many occasions.  We have no secrets. She is my strength, inspiration and reality check.  On one hand, I see the rationale behind celebrating a holiday in her honor.  On the other hand, I don’t see how I could just pick one random day of the year to treat her in a special way, to give her my attention and a gift and to make her feel appreciated. This is the dilemma I face every year as Mother’s Day approaches. I send her flowers and a mothers day cards or ecards in keeping with holiday tradition. But, the second Sunday of May is not necessarily the only day when I feel like honoring her.  In fact, I’m pretty sure that it’s the everyday moments – the jokes and secrets we share, the problems she helps me with, the advice we give each other, the little tiffs – those are the things that cement our mother-daughter bond. Not the bouquet of roses I send her once a year.

What do Mother’s Day traditions mean to you?

April 11, 2010

Free Mothers Day Ecards

Moms are the easiest people to shop for. Moms are the toughest people to shop for.

With Mother’s Day approaching, you’re probably scouring malls and stores for the perfect gift. From diamonds to flowers, apparel to bags, your options abound. Which is probably why buying gifts for Mom is both easy and difficult at the same time. Easy because there’s so much to choose from. And challenging because you have to choose. I find that making the decision to pick one gift over others is the toughest part. So, I usually narrow down my options to three or four items and have someone else do the final picking. How do you decide what makes the most perfect gift for Mom?

But, here’s the good news.  There are certain places where you don’t have to choose one option over another. You can actually pick and send as many as you want! Without additional charge – in fact, at no charge! Which is why we love free Mother’s Day Ecards, don’t we?

Here are a few I liked.  Check out our site for several more options. But unlike Mother’s Day gifts, if you can’t decide which ecard you like best – No Problem! Go ahead and send ‘em all…or spread them out over Mother’s Day week…or, send one to your mother-in-law or the aunt who’s like a Mom to you.

Because, with Mother’s Day ecards, you can afford to send as many as you want.

Interactive Flower Garden - Nurture your bond and make Mom’s day with this lovely, interactive ecard.

Million Reasons I Love You –Can you count the reasons you love mom? Probably not.  But, you can tell her a few that make her smile.  Warning! Keep tissues handy. Likely to cause tears of joy.

Mom Tattoo – What’s the one way to get Mom to say ‘Yes’ to your tattoo? But, of course!

Mom’s Life Decathlon – Moms come with super powers that keep expanding with their responsibilities.  Honor Mom’s contributions and strengths and make her laugh with this symbolic ecard.

To-do List
- What’s the one thing you can never cross off your to-do list? (No, besides laundry, I mean!)

So, which Mother’s Day Ecards did you pick? And now that the easy part’s done, maybe you should get back to deciding the Mother’s Day gift!

Editor’s Note: Here is the link to - free mothers day printable cards.

April 5, 2010

Mother’s Day Across the Globe – Many Ways to Honor Mom

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Many Ways to Honor Mom

Mother’s Day is an occasion to honor and appreciate the person who perhaps played the most important role in shaping our lives.

However, the modern tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day with gifts and greeting cards is not how it all began. Ancient civilizations and cultures such as those in Egypt, Greece and India have been known to worship the Mother Goddess in various forms for centuries. Ancient Egyptians honored Goddess Isis, considered the Mother of the Pharaohs. The Greeks and Romans celebrated the festival of Magna Mater (Great Mother) in honor of the ancient Goddesses Rhea and Cybele. The celebrations included games and processions where the Goddess’s statue was carried on one’s head around streets, followed by displays of arts and crafts. In India, various symbols are used to represent the feminine aspect of the Supreme. Hindus worship several deities – male and female- but believe that the underlying cosmic force or Almighty is, in fact formless.

Cultures around the world celebrate Mother’s Day at different times and in different ways.

China: Although carnations and cards have grown in popularity in China, Mother’s Day is not the only time the Chinese remember their Mom. Celebrating and honoring one’s Mother is part of the Chinese tradition. Most Chinese names honor the maternal heritage.  The first character of Chinese names generally symbolizes Mother.

India:  Hindus have been worshipping the spiritual significance of Mother in various forms, incarnations and symbols for ages. Known as Devi (Goddess) or Shakti (Cosmic Power), the feminine aspect of the Divine is revered and worshipped across the country. Several festivals honor the Mother Goddess in India, the most popular of them being Navarathri or Dussehra. In modern times, most of urban India has adopted the American tradition of buying gifts and flowers for Mom on Mother’s Day.  However, traditionally, Indians follow the custom of seeking blessings from their Mother (and Father) before embarking on any important task. ‘Mata’ or one’s Mother enjoys a position even higher than that of God in Hindu culture.

Thailand: The people of Thailand revere their Queen, Her Majesty Sirikit Kitiyakara. It is in her honor that Mother’s Day is celebrated on her birthday, August 12 which is a public holiday. Her portraits are displayed and Thailand’s flags are raised in homes and organizations across the country. People either travel to Bangkok or join in celebrations in their own cities.

UK: Mothering Sunday has been popular in UK for centuries and began as a way for families to spend time together and for Mothers to enjoy some time off from their daily chores. The holiday falls during the period of Lent. Children who had been sent away to work in other villages or cities traveled home to spend the day with their Mother.  Gifts, flowers and greeting cards have become a part of tradition today.

Source: http://www.mothersdaycentral.com/about-mothersday/history/ and http://www.dayformothers.com/around-the-world/index.html

May 5, 2009

Anna Jarvis Story of Mother’s Day

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  This Sunday, on May 10th, people in most parts of the world will try to say “Thank you” to our mothers for all the things they do, by setting aside an entire day to honor them.  Personally, I don’t think a single day every year is enough of a thank you, but you work with what you have, I guess. 

      As far as most of us are concerned, the “history of mother’s day” is nothing more than a collected memory of all the years we forgot to buy Mom flowers.  But Mother’s Day has an actual history behind it, too.  The modern incarnation of the holiday, as most of us know it, was created by a woman from the U.S. state of West Virginia, named Anna Jarvis.  Oddly enough, one of the co-founders of Father’s Day, regularly known as the calendar “compliment” to Mother’s Day, was from Fairmont, West Viriginia: a town fewer than twenty miles away from Grafton.

      Ms. Jarvis’s own mother died in 1905, and two years later, on May 12th, Anna held a public memorial, to honor her mother’s memory.  From that small memorial service, Jarvis began holding annual days of honor for all mothers, and she embarked on a tireless campaign to have Mother’s Day recognized as a national holiday.  In 1914, she succeeded in her goal: Mother’s Day became a nationally recognized holiday.

      But if we think that by buying chocolates and flowers we’re honoring the founder of Mother’s Day, then we are dead wrong.  Anna Jarvis, as a matter of fact, went from being the founder of Mother’s Day, to its most vocal public opponent.  See, Jarvis became disgusted at what she perceived to be a materialistic, and over-commercialized, attitude behind the celebration of Mother’s Day.  Quite simply, Anna Jarvis felt that a day she had created in memory of her dead mother had been turned into yet another excuse for shop owners to drag even more money out of consumers. 

      Jarvis became so disillusioned with the holiday she founded, in fact, that she formed the Mother’s Day International Association, an organization dedicated to fighting the commercializing of Mother’s Day.  Jarvis and her sister, Ellsinore, became so wrapped up in their campaign against Mother’s Day that they were both died penniless, having squandered every penny of a shared inheritance in support of their cause. 

       It’s a little ironic, then, that after all of Jarvis’s concerns and misgivings, that Mother’s Day isn’t nearly as commercialized as some other similar holidays.  While there are, of course, the expected cropping up of roadside flower shops every April, and signs plastered to every store front window reading, “Don’t forget Mother’s Day!”, the holiday has, at its core, become a day of honor—much the way Jarvis originally intended it to be. 

      Think about it: yes, you’ll probably buy your mother a gift this Mother’s Day; if nothing else, you’ll buy her some flowers that curiously seem more expensive this time of year than any other.  But above all else, you’ll spend Mother’s Day going out of your way to make sure that Mom knows how much you care about her.  And you, I, and everyone else knows that sure, Mom may like a shimmery diamond necklace; but nothing makes her happier than getting a big hug and kiss from her son or daughter, and a warm, heartfelt “Thank you.”

May 4, 2009

Mother’s Day Book Ideas for the Mom who loves to read

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Go Mom

Go Mom

Still haven’t made up your mind about the perfect Mother’s day gift? Looking for something that’s thoughtful, meaningful and affordable? Below is a list of a few beautiful books that would be ideal for the Mom who loves to read. Whether it’s for your mom or for your wife on behalf of your young kids, or for a friend or sister who is a great mom, your choice is sure to meet with approval. Don’t forget to follow it up with free Mother’s Day ecards!  

 

Books for Moms to read with very young kids

Hush A simple and beautiful Thai lullaby created by Minfong Ho and Holly Meade, this fascinating book will bring a smile to both baby and mom, as they follow the Mom’s efforts in getting the entire world around them to hush so baby can sleep.

 Cat’s Favorite Color  – What color do you think baby cat likes and why? Baby and mom will have fun figuring it out in this brightly illustrated book.

 My Mother’s SariTurn the pages of this lovely book with your kid and discover the many forms a mother’s colorful sari takes on in the eyes of her child.

Inspiring books that celebrate motherhood

LIFE with Mother A photographic tribute with captivating images of mothers and children engaged in everyday activities as well as celebrating milestone occasions together. The book includes photographs of famous Moms such as Princess Di, Michelle Obama and others. 

Promises I Made My MotherIncludes a foreword by Ray Romano and features practical advice by Hollywood agent Sam Haskell who created the ‘Mississippi Rising’ benefit for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

The Love between a Mother and Daughter is Forever : If you find yourself at a loss of words when it comes to expressing the emotions you feel as a daughter for your Mom, this book might help you out. It features poems and reflections about the extraordinary bond between mothers and daughters. Popular Blue Mountain Arts authors and other renowned poets present their selections that span every emotion mothers and daughters experience ranging from joy to pain and covering everything in between.

Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother  - Poet and writer Beth Ann Fennelly’s collection of letters to her pregnant friend, expressing the joys of motherhood and her experiences with raising a young daughter.

Hobby Books for Mom – Great Picks for DIY Moms!

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration 

No matter what type of craft Mom likes and regardless of her skill level, you can’t go wrong with this book. It has detailed instructions, easy to copy templates and numerous fantastic craft ideas that any DIY mom will love to try out.

 Feathering the Nest: Tracy Hutson’s Earth-Friendly Guide to Decorating Your Baby’s Room – perfect for a Mom-to-be

The author shares her passion for interior design and decoration and presents ideas for every type of baby’s room from traditional to international, all keeping the earth-friendly theme in view.  

May 3, 2009

Mothers Day Origins

Mother’s Day may seem like a holiday that has been celebrated forever in the U.S., but it wasn’t until 1914—less than 100 years ago—when Congress and President Woodrow Wilson officially designated this annual holiday on the second Sunday of each May that commemorates mothers. The recognition of this special day was spearheaded by Anna Marie Jarvis to honor the work of her mother, famous social activist Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis who fought for workers’ health and safety for the women who attended to wounded soldiers during the American Civil War. Ironically, after the holiday was declared Anna Marie spent the rest of her life campaigning bitterly against the holiday, because she did not believe that mainstream Mother’s Day activities did not commemorate mothers enough!

 Thankfully, you can send a free, personalized ecard to let your mother know how much she is appreciated any day of the year! You can include your photo and voice, too, for that extra special touch.

 Make Mom smile with a free, personalized ecards today!

 Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, www.AnnaJarvisHouse.com

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