Mother’s Day Traditions

Northern Pacific 1916 Mother’s Day Poster

I remember going to church on Mother’s Day and all the Mother’s wearing orchids. (It seems the flower for Mom’s Day in Japan is carnations.) After church people would go to restaurants. I don’t know if it still is but that was the busiest day of the year for them.

What do/did you do for your mother? What fond memory do you have of her? Was there a family tradition?

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  1. [caption id="attachment_22993" align="alignleft" width="800"] varieties of carnation flowers, Dianthus caryophyllus, displayed for Mother’s Day gift – Ginza, Tokyo, Japan.
    Date Taken on 5 April 2009
    Source Own work
    Author tokoro koko[/caption]

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  2. The church I attended when younger boxed themselves into a corner… they had corsages for various flavors of mothers… newest, oldest, etc…

    Of course, two categories went unchallenged

    – mother with most kids, one mom had six

    – oldest mother, who was a great-grandma… this was the creepy one, since everyone knew who the second-oldest mother was who would take her place.  Would it be next year? Let’s all speculate!

    There was a youngest new mom, thankfully always married and at least in her early twenties.  I thought it was gonna be pretty awkward if someone might claim a 6-7 year streak by getting a very early start.

    Anyways, if you’re gonna celebrate mothers (and you should!), give it a bit of thought first.

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  3. Damocles:
    The church I attended when younger boxed themselves into a corner… they had corsages for various flavors of mothers… newest, oldest, etc…

    Of course, two categories went unchallenged

    – mother with most kids, one mom had six

    – oldest mother, who was a great-grandma… this was the creepy one, since everyone knew who the second-oldest mother was who would take her place.  Would it be next year? Let’s all speculate!

    There was a youngest new mom, thankfully always married and at least in her early twenties.  I thought it was gonna be pretty awkward if someone might claim a 6-7 year streak by getting a very early start.

    Anyways, if you’re gonna celebrate mothers (and you should!), give it a bit of thought first.

    Were all these mothers female?

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  4. Church is firmly part of the tradition.   It is one of the days when Snooks can chide our older son into going to worship with us.   But this year we are out of our tradition; we will travel to the high school graduation of one of her nephews.   Since it is a Catholic high school, there will be a full baccalaureate mass, so a very long high church affair.   I was surprised when I learned it is scheduled for Mothers Day.

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  5. Damocles:

    10 Cents:
    Were all these mothers female?

    They all identified as such and it didn’t occur to me to investigate further.

    I bet in the future there will be gender neutral Mother’s Days. “And the Mother of the Year is …

     

     

    Ralph.”

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