Sunday, May 8, 2011

I Hate Mother's Day


To start off this post, I'd simply like to thank all the mothers out there, or soon to be mothers.

There is absolutely no way we can ever really thank our mom for all she does for us, nevertheless we must make it a habit to keep reminding ourselves of the various sacrifices she made while raising us.

With that said, I find it safe to say that I hate Mother's Day.

Before you hate me for saying such a statement, I would like to explain why I hate Mother's Day.

Mother's Day has become an excuse for most people. I believe mother's don't deserve one day to be honored.

They deserve to be honored every single day of their life (and beyond). Consider it your job to honor them, that is how important it is. Sure, it's nice to make them feel "special" for a day, but just imagine how they would feel if you made them feel "special" everyday!

The reason I hate Mother's Day is because for most of us, it limits our love. Give flowers to your mother on a random day and see how surprised she is, and then give them to her on Mother's Day and compare the reactions. Don't allow a commercialized holiday reflect your love for your Mom.

Mother's Day was "founded" by Ann Jarvis, a woman's rights activist. However, I find this part funny- commercialization of the U.S. holiday began very early, and only nine years after the first official Mother's Day, the celebrations had became so rampant that Mother's Day founder Ann Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become, spending the rest of her life fighting what she saw as an abuse of the celebration. She criticized the practice of purchasing greeting cards, which she saw as a sign of being too lazy to write a personal letter. She was arrested in 1948 for disturbing the peace while protesting against the commercialization of Mother's Day, and she finally said that she "...wished she would have never started the day because it became so out of control ...".

If the founder herself hates what the holiday has become, I do too. Commercialization is the only thing keeping this holiday running. This holiday doesn't celebrate mothers, instead it celebrates the revenue gained from it.

Mother's Day is now one of the most commercially successful U.S. occasions, having become the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States and generating a significant portion of the U.S. jewelry industry's annual revenue, from custom gifts like mother's rings. According to IBISWorld, Americans spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts—like spa treatments—and another $68 million on greeting cards.

An old picture of my Mom and I, but every picture with her is timeless.
That is why I hate Mother's Day, but oh, do I love my momma!

-That's the TFAT.

2 comments:

  1. This is a great post.
    I, too, hate mother's day (but also love my mother). I'll probably get kicked out of the "marketing club" for saying this, but mother's day was a business plan created by marketers to boost various industry sales. I'm not mad though because I know I'll always have a job as long people keep falling for smart marketing tactics.

    Thanks for sharing the info about Ann Jarvis--
    really interesting stuff.

    I would love to see a source for the following info though, "Americans spend approximately $2.6 billion on flowers, $1.53 billion on pampering gifts—like spa treatments—and another $68 million on greeting cards." Always make sure to cite your sources or give credit where it's due, because we are not part of a collectivist culture, so sharing ideas is a no-no. It will also give your writing more credibility.

    Looking forward to your next post. :)

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