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Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:28 AM

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

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DELPHOS — Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood, is observed throughout the world and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. The actual dates and celebrations may vary but Mother’s Day is normally celebrated the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and sentiments of love.

 

Businesses in Delphos are gearing up for the second-busiest holiday of the year.

 

Owner of Flowers on Fifth, Cheryl Stocke, recommends the “Shabby Chic” style arrangements, which are hot items, and the summer scented candles Caribbean Cheesecake and Crushed Honeydew.

“The most popular item is a toss-up between hanging baskets, custom-designed floral arrangements and a dozen mixed color roses,” Stocke detailed.

Readmore’s Hallmark Store Manager Joanne Wrasman said that this year’s gifting ideas include Hallmark Magic Prints which allows kids to give mom or grandma a personalized handprint — without a mess — within a picture frame, on drink tumblers, on Mother’s Day cards, in four panel frames and on gift bags. For pet parents, the store carries the kits for pet paw prints.

“The cutest thing is when kids come in with daddies and pick out gifts for mommies,” Wrasman mused.

The first North American Mother’s Day was conceptualized by Julia Ward Howe, the writer of The Battle Hymn of the Republic, through her Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. The death and carnage of the Civil War spurred her to call on mothers to assemble and protest the futility of their sons killing the sons of other mothers.

In 1873, a West Virginia women’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis conceived Mother’s Friendship Day — a holiday we celebrate today. The celebration of mothers was held to re-unite families and neighbors divided between the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War.

In 1908, Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation of an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her mother and in honor of peace. Her request was honored and on May 10, 1908, the first official Mother’s Day celebration took place at Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, W.Va., and a church in Philadelphia, Pa.

Jarvis arranged for two white carnations — her mother’s favorite flower — to adorn every mother in attendance.

Today, white carnations are used to honor deceased mothers, while pink or red carnations pay tribute to mothers whom are still alive.

Last Updated on Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:43 AM
 

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