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.
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.
Most holidays have some pretty strict traditions attached to them: on Christmas, we all sit around the tree and watch the children open gifts; on Thanksgiving the entire family gathers for a great meal; and on Valentine’s Day you finally dig into your pockets for that expensive piece of jewelry to give as a gift. But how do you spend your time on a less ritualized holiday? How, for instance, should you spend Mother’s Day?
Here’s a good outline, if nothing else. Start the day with an alarm clock—even if you don’t have school or work that day. In other words, make sure you’re awake before Mom is. This will give you a chance to do all those early-morning activities—fixing breakfast, making sure the kids’ school lunches are ready—that she would normally do herself. If you bought her a gift (surely you bought Mom a gift!), give it to her in bed. Let her know you were excited about getting her a present that you simply couldn’t wait to give it to her. From there, throughout the day, do everything you can to make sure Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger.
Most of all, though, you should spend Mother’s Day however Mom wants to spend it. It is, after all, her day. And for all the things our mothers do for us, we don’t give them nearly the amount of credit they deserve.
Rituals are good. But being merely ritualistic takes away some of the meaning behind an occasion. There comes a point when we automatically start Christmas shopping in November, browse Valentine’s Day cards in February and…and rush to save on last minute Mother’s Day deals in May.
The fact is, every single day we live is in a way, Mother’s Day. We wouldn’t be here but for her. We wouldn’t be who we are, if it were not for her. And the bottom line is that we don’t really need a day, a gift or a reason to express how much we love Mom and appreciate her. Sure, these gestures may bring Mom joy and probably even make us feel better about ourselves. But, I think, one of the reasons such occasions exist is so that we take the time to really reflect and think about that one person, all that she means to us and how she has shaped our lives.
So, why not stop your Mother’s Day shopping frenzy for a minute and spend a few moments thinking about your Mom?
I dedicate this post to my Mom. I urge you to share your thoughts in the comments section.
What Mom means to me
She is the embodiment of calm, strength and understanding. I have never seen her raise her voice or lose her temper. Nor have I ever seen her crumble under pressure, cave in or give up in the face of adversity. She simply keeps her cool and does the right thing.
She is an intelligent, intuitive, humble and clear-headed woman who loves her family and has a strong sense of right and wrong. Her calm, composed nature is her strength. However, it takes one who really knows her well to understand that what lies beneath the silence is solid substance. She is too smart to let the little annoyances and imperfections in life get in the way of the bigger picture. She speaks four languages, is a wonderful cook, a math star, a well-read, compassionate person and a real lady.
If you and your siblings live far away from family, guess what’s the one thing your mom would really like for Mother’s Day?
Sure, she might enjoy the spa certificates, flowers and chocolates you send her. But she would probably trade all of it in a blink to spend time with all of you or, at the very least, hear your voices and see a recent picture of you and your family.
Here’s one idea that is sure to make Mom smile (or move her to tears!)
Personalized Mother’s Day Ecards
You know how our free Mother’s day ecards can be personalized? Well, here’s how you can make it better. Call up your siblings…get everyone to send a free, personalized Mother’s day ecard with a family picture and a voice recording of Mother’s day wishes attached.
Imagine the look on your Mom’s face when she finds her inbox flooded with Mother’s Day ecards. Not just regular ecards, but personalized ones with pictures of all her kids and their special voice messages wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day!
Get creative with Mother’s Day message
You could even go one step further and collaborate efforts – create a cryptic message where each ecard’s voice recording leads to the next. In this way you and your siblings could create a voice puzzle for Mom which when completed could convey a surprise message such as “Mom, you’re the coolest” or “Mom, we’re on our way home!”
So, this Mother’s Day – do the unexpected. Gifts, flowers and fancy dinners, although thoughtful gestures, lack personalization. With free Mother’s day ecards that carry voice and picture, you can fill the void at no cost.
Have you ever created an out-of-the-box, personalized gift for Mom?
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Luckily for us, what moms want most on Mother’s day (and any day, for that matter) costs next to nothing. The one gripe many moms share is that their kids don’t spend enough time with them. There. Now, that’s one gift almost anyone can afford even on the tightest of budgets. I’m not suggesting that you be cheap. By all means, save up and spend on a special Mother’s Day gift …but, before you start wondering, “What should I get Mom?” why not stop and think “What would Mom really like?”
This Mother’s day, you could take your mom out to a fancy restaurant where you will exchange pleasantries instead of the heart- to-heart that she wants, plan an extravagant outing where you will constantly be interrupted by phone calls from work, put thought and your savings into expensive gifts she’ll probably never use or send her on a luxury cruise to a faraway island, when all she wanted was to spend a few hours with you.
Or, you could
turn off your cell phone ( and other gizmos) for a day
pay your mom a surprise visit
bring her flowers or a simple, but thoughtful gift
make her breakfast or lunch
take her where she wants to go (shopping, to a play or show, to the lake, Church, to see grandkids)
talk to her…about your life, family, work, kids, dreams
really listen to what she has to say…about whatever’s on her mind
do something she loves with her – go bowling, take a walk in the park, help with her scrap book or gardening project
tell her how much you appreciate her and how she has made you who you are and how proud you are of her
send your mom a free Mother’s day ecard expressing your love, gratitude and admiration
For some reason many of us choose the tougher way out and spend more money than time on Mother’s Day, when a few hours with Mom is all it takes to make her feel loved and special.