Mother’s Day is upon us again, the annual celebration of mothers and mother figures and all they do to make the lives of children the best they can be. Mothers shape our lives in so many significant ways. Though they should be acknowledged and appreciated all year round, having a day set aside for them every year is important when it comes to honoring motherhood and the influence of mothers across society.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals to honor goddesses who they revered as mother figures. Over time, those celebrations developed into the modern holiday of Mother’s Day that we celebrate today. Here are some ways to honor and celebrate your mom and the other mother figures in your life this year:
- PRESENTS: The most common thing people do to show their appreciation and love for mothers on Mother’s Day is to give presents; they can be meaningful mementos or practical provisions. From flowers and cards to breakfast in bed to personalized playlists and framed photos or scrapbooks, gifts are one way to show you care and appreciate your mom for all that does and all that she is.
- TIME FOR HERSELF: Sometimes, moms just need some time to focus on no one else except themselves. The gift of time for herself may be just what your mom wants and needs this Mother’s Day. Moms work hard and rarely get a break from their responsibilities. You can show yours that you care by taking care of her responsibilities for her and taking care of her needs while she does absolutely nothing outside of personal fulfillment and fun, followed by rejuvenating rest and relaxation.
- YOUR TIME: Spending time with your mother is a wonderful way to show your consideration and love. Whether you spend an entire day with her doing things she loves, or you carve out time from your busy schedule to simply go for a walk or sit and chat, your presence is a present that your mom likely will appreciate more than anything else.
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