Call Your Mother and Ask Her These Trivia Questions

May 13th is Mother's Day, and while you should probably celebrate by telling mom you love her, that doesn't mean you can't also stretch your brain with some trivia.  How much do you know about Mother's Day? Take this trivia quiz and find out! 


Which U.S. President made Mother's Day an official national holiday? # How much is spent on Mother's Day gifts in the United States? It's around $14 billion. That's a lot of flowers and cards. Many individual states celebrated Mother's Day by 1911, but it was not until 1914 when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation that officially established the first national Mother’s Day holiday to celebrate America’s mothers. In his Mother's Day proclamation, Wilson called “upon the government officials to display the United States flag on all government buildings, and the people of the United States to display the flag at their homes or other suitable places on the second Sunday in May as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

Who is Recognized as the Founder of Mother's Day? # Mother's Day is the biggest sales day for U.S. florists. Photo credit: sophie/Flickr. The woman who had championed the day, Anna Jarvis, had for years campaigned for a day for mothers on the grounds that existing holidays tended to favor men. She was also dedicated to creating an official day to honor the work mothers put in to raising their children, and she envisioned the day as one when everyone would return home and thank their mothers for raising them.   Prior to the 1914 declaration, Jarvis had managed to have a couple of unofficial events, helped by sponsorship from a department store. There had also been earlier attempts by additional women to celebrate mothers or to at least use the day for mother- and women-related activities, such as teaching women childcare procedures.


Anna Jarvis Sent Buttons to Mothers Across the Country to Discourage Them from Buying What? The commercialization of Mother's Day started almost instantly. And Jarvis hated it. While she was offered many opportunities to profit off her celebrity, she went the opposite way. She urged people not to buy gifts and flowers for their moms. She even shipped out free buttons with pictures of carnations on them to be given as gifts instead of the actual flower which had become associated with the holiday.  Jarvis didn't just ask people not to commercialize the holiday, she tried to legally forbid it. Press releases often included the line, "Any charity, institution, hospital, organization, or business using Mother's Day names, work, emblem, or celebration for getting money, making sales or on printed forms should be held as imposters by proper authorities, and reported to this association." When businesses did it anyway, she sued. According to a Newsweek article, she, at one point, had 33 separate lawsuits going to prevent organizations from profiting off her holiday.

Towards the End of Her Life, Jarvis Went Door-to-Door Petitioning for What Cause? Jarvis' fight intensified over the years. She even vilified Eleanor Roosevelt for using the holiday to raise money for charity. Towards the end of her life, Jarvis started going to door-to-door, getting signatures for her petition to end Mother's Day. Jarvis ended her life broke, largely due to her fight against the commercialization of the holiday she created. She died in a mental asylum never knowing that part of her bill was covered by a group of florists, appreciative of all that she had done.

In Which Country Does Mom Get Tied Up on Mother’s Day? In the area that used to be Yugoslavia, families celebrate Children’s Day, which is held several days before Christmas. Mother’s Day is celebrated the following Sunday,  with Father’s Day the Sunday after that. What’s unusual about their Children's Day, Mother’s Day and Father's Day celebrations? They celebrate all three holidays by tying the celebrant up by the ankles while the person is still in bed. Children promise to behave themselves before their parents will release them. On their special days, fathers and mothers have to give their children treats to be released.