Mother’s Day Fun Facts
What’s pink and flowery and started 104 years ago?
The official national celebration of mothers began in the U.S. in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law that the second Sunday of every May would mark a shout-out to moms across the country. The law was the culmination of a massive letter-writing campaign to Congress started by a West Virginia woman named Anna Jarvis, who had begun a local celebration of mothers inspired by the death of her own mom. The nation’s early Mother's Days were spent first in church, followed by children quietly writing letters and notes to Mom at home.
Fast forward to the modern era and Mother’s Day has become synonymous with greeting cards, bouquets of spring flowers, girly gifts and, of course, giving Mom a day off from the kitchen. We look forward to seeing you for Mother’s Day brunch when we’ll heap lavish praise – and lavish amounts of food and wine – on all the moms in your life.
In the meantime, check out these Mother’s Day fun facts:
- Our top selling Mother’s Day dish at Ruffino’s is Soft Shell Crab.
- The total number of moms in the U.S. is 84.5 million.
- Second only to receiving “something homemade,” what moms want most for Mother’s Day is “dinner,” according to Statistic Brain.
- When the Mother’s Day law was signed by President Wilson, women didn’t have the right to vote. That came five years later in 1919.
- In 2017, the National Retail Federation estimated that most consumers will give cards (77.%), flowers (68.5%) and take their mothers out to eat (55.9%).
- The jobs that moms perform around the house in a given year could be valued at $67,619, according to insure.com. Considering that most mothers today also work outside of the home, that’s pretty impressive.
- According to the National Restaurant Association, moms enjoy sharing a meal in a restaurant with their families, with an estimated 92 million Americans eating out on Mother’s Day. About 10% will go out for a special breakfast, 25% will opt for brunch, 45% will choose lunch and 47% will celebrate with a special dinner.