Thursday, February 7, 2013

World Family Day

Next week we are celebrating The Family Day…
Every day I will Publish a related posts, cute photos, entertainment and gift ideas..
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Mother's Day History
Contrary to a popular belief, Mother's Day was not conceived and fine-tuned in the boardroom of Hallmark. The earliest tributes of the mothers date are back to the annual spring festival , that the Greeks dedicated to Rhea, the mother of many deities, and to the offerings that the ancient Romans made for their Great Mother of Gods, Cybele. Christians celebrates this festival on the fourth Sunday in Lent in honor of Mary, mother of Christ. In England this holiday was expanded to include all mothers and was called Mothering Sunday.

In the United States, Mother's Day started nearly 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a day to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, a cause she believed would be best advocated by mothers. She called it "Mother's Work Day."

Fifteen years later, Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist, and author of the lyrics to the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace, since she believed they bore the loss of human life more harshly than anyone else.

In 1905 when Anna Jarvis died, her daughter, also named Anna, started a campaign to memorize the life work of her mother. Legend has it that young Anna remembered a Sunday school lesson that her mother gave in which she said, "I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother's day. There are many days for men, but none for mothers."

Anna began to lobby prominent businessmen like John Wannamaker, and politicians including the Presidents Taft and Roosevelt, to support her campaign to create a special day to honor mothers. At one of the first services organized to celebrate Anna's mother memory in 1908, at her church in West Virginia, Anna handed out her mother's favorite flower, the white carnation. Five years later, the House of Representatives adopted a resolution calling for officials of the federal government to wear white carnations on Mother's Day. In 1914 Anna's hard work paid off when Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday.

At first, people observed Mother's Day by attending to church, writing letters to their mothers, and also by sending cards, presents, and flowers. With the increasing gift-giving activity associated with Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis became enraged. She believed that the day's sentiment was being sacrificed at the expense of greed and profit. In 1923 she filed a lawsuit to stop the Mother's Day festival, and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a convention selling carnations for a war of mother's group. Before her death in 1948, Jarvis confessed that she regrets that she ever started the mother's day tradition.

Despite Jarvis's misgivings, Mother's Day has flourished in the United States. In fact, the second Sunday of May has become the most popular day of the year to dine out, and the telephone lines was at their highest traffic, as sons and daughters everywhere takes the advantage of this day so they can honor and to express appreciation to their mothers .
Israel celebrate Mother's Day on Shevat (February 10), the day of Henrietta Szold death. Although she never had children of her own, many of the children who immigrated to Israel as part of "Youth Aliyah" - that she helped to come to Israel, during the Nazi regime, and gave them a place to live, employment and education.
Informally, in the recent years, Mother's Day celebrates in Israel as the family day, because that the role of men in raising children was expanded over the years, and many families rearing effort is divided between both parents equally (and sometimes the male subject takes most of the effort). Therefore, merged Mother's Day Date with the date "Father's Day" (date dedicated to fathers) . On that day families tend to spend time together, buy each other gifts and so on.

I want to recommend a site that has 101 nice family activities to do together, especially for family day. 

Gifts for Mother's Day:

Spa, Flowers , Perfume,  Jewelry, Candles, Chocolate , Gift Baskets , Short Vacation
Prepare a blessing or a painting or even write a little song to your mother.
Mothers appreciate every little thing, no need to spend lots of money,
So every little flower garden or a kiss, can give her happiness ..
Always love and admire your mother.
There is only one.
Dedicate with love to all of the mothers,

I want you to meet my family.  Small family but full of love ...
My dear husband - Moshe.
My rock , my world , my great love , my home.
My beautiful son - Stav
A cute kid, a boy full of love , bravely facing with difficulties (autism)
And our lovely new baby - Noga
And me - Talila, Caring, loving and hugging always
I'm glad you've met my family.
I wish you'll upload your family photos here ... and tell me about them.
Have a Happy Family Week.


See you on the next post,