Sunday, May 13, 2012

It's Mother's Day -- why aren't you celebrating with her?

Well, if you're like Anna Marie Jarvis, the woman who, more than anyone, made Mother's Day into a holiday in the first place, you might object to the over-commercialization of the observance. From the Wikipedia article on Mother's Day in the United States, "Commercialization of the U.S. holiday began very early, and only nine years after the first official Mother's Day had became so rampant that Mother's Day founder Anna Jarvis herself became a major opponent of what the holiday had become, spending all her inheritance and the rest of her life fighting what she saw as an abuse of the celebration." So... you could tell Mom you're not buying her a gift or even a card in protest of the 'commercialization' of the day, just like Anna Marie Jarvis. You wretch. But if there is no Mom in your life, perhaps you can celebrate Leprechaun Day today (it is that, too, you know) and, indeed, if there is no Mom in your life, your probably are a leprechaun. Or some other dubious creature.

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