Celebrations of mothers and motherhood date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, usually as a part of Spring festivals.
In 1905, a woman named Anna Jarvis created the US incarnation of Motherʻs Day as a way to honor her mother and to promote peace and womenʻs rights. She believed that a day should be set aside to honor "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world".
In 1914, it became a National holiday to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
Although meant to honor motherhood, Anna Jarvis hated the over-commercialization of Motherʻs Day, and ended up fighting to have the holiday annulled and removed from the calendar.
From early childhood, I always enjoyed making handcrafted items for my mom, making her a special meal or treating her to a day of pampering. Once I started making jewelry, that of course became a treasured gift.
Here are some fun ideas for alternative Motherʻs Day gifts in the new age of social distancing and COVID-19.
1. PLANT A GARDEN - Mom can enjoy fresh flowers or fruit and veggies anytime.
2. MAKE A LEI - Afterall....this is Hawaii!!
3. PLAN A PICNIC - you can even do it in your backyard!!
4. COCKTAILS & FACIALS - (21 & over only!!) this was a favorite for my mom & I
5. HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY - click on photo for details
After all, your mom was your first home, your first friend, your cheerleader, your teacher and your coach, your sounding board when things were tough and your greatest supporter during happy times.
However you celebrate your mom....make it special and let mom know how much you love her.
Some of of favorite photos of my mom - Forever rest in aloha......