Mother’s Day is a time-honored tradition of recognizing the women in our lives who raised us, dried our tears, and well, mothered us. Everyone has one or has someone who is like a mother to them. On the second Sunday of May, we honor those women who are our mothers. Whether we shower her with gifts, take her to a fancy dinner or make her a homemade card, what moms want most is to be surrounded by the love of her family. Knowing the people they love are safe, sound, and healthy is a mom’s number one priority.
Pay tribute to your mother this holiday. Surround her with the love she deserves and shower her with the affection and attention you know she wants. For those of us whose moms are no longer with us, spend some time remembering the woman you miss. Visit with those who remember her and honor her memory. If you’re a mom, revel in the attention. You deserve it!
Remember to put mom first on Mother’s Day and use #MothersDay to share on social media.
MOTHER’S DAY HISTORY
Mother’s Day has been celebrated around the world since, well, since motherhood. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe inspired the first movement toward a national observance during the Civil War. Appealing to the public for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” after witnessing the devastation left by war, Howe went on an international crusade. While her efforts never gained formal recognition for an official observance, she was acknowledged posthumously in 1988 for her achievements and her efforts for women’s rights.
In 1905, Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis successfully introduced the idea for a national holiday recognizing mothers. Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis had followed Howe’s campaign and had pursued her own volunteer efforts during the Civil War. Ann Marie died on May 9, 1905, and her daughter, Anna, missed her mother greatly. She started a dedicated letter-writing campaign to declare an official Mother’s Day. Through Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance occurred on May 10, 1908.
This day, to honor Anna Jarvis’s mother, grew into a national observance until in 1911 when every state participated. Soon it was spreading internationally, and on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.
NATIONAL LOST SOCK MEMORIAL DAY
May 9th recognizes a fun and unique holiday, National Lost Sock Memorial Day. It is time to say “good-bye” to all of the single socks, the ones where their mates have been lost to the unknown. Where do all the missing socks go? Is there a washing machine heaven? This is a question people have been trying to solve for many centuries. An answer may never be found to this problem, and life will go on. How sad to have lost such a close-knit friend!
Of course, since before the dawn of Tupperware, inventors have attempted the prevention of such separation anxiety. Alas, if they had succeeded, mismatched socks wouldn’t be popular today. And, we there wouldn’t be pausing to remember them every May 9th.
National Lost Sock Memorial Day reminds you that it’s time to move on. Let go of those lost socks. Clean out all of your left behind socks. Some ways to celebrate this unusual holiday include:
- making sock puppets
- turn them into dust rags
- chose to never wear matched socks again
- turn them into chew toys for pets
- make wrist warmers
- make sock monkeys
- fill them with beans and use them for your corn hole game
- fill with rice and make a door stop
- open up both ends of a long sock and make a plastic bag holder
What are some creative ways to use old socks? Share your ideas and say your final goodbyes to your lost socks using #LostSockMemorialDay.
NATIONAL LOST SOCK MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this fun holiday.
NATIONAL MOSCATO DAY
On May 9th, raise your glass and toast National Moscato Day. Moscato, or Muscat in Italian, is one of the oldest known varieties of grapes grown in the world.
The Moscato grape ranges in color from white to almost black. Its flavor varies, too, from sweet to dry. Winemakers use this quite versatile grape to make everything from sparkling and dessert wines to dry and floral wines. Where one Moscato may pair well with a steak, another will go well with fresh fruit and a sharp cheese plate.
In February of 2012, it was reported that Moscato wine became the third most popular white wine consumed within the United States.
Prepare a nice plate of fresh cheeses and fruit. Grab a bottle of your favorite Moscato and pour a glass to enjoy the day. Invite friends to share a bottle of Moscato (yes, you can share) or attend a wine tasting. Wine tastings are a great way to learn about wines and their best pairings. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never to drink and drive.) Use #MoscatoDay and #NationalMoscatoDay to share on social media.
You can also explore other wine celebrations. Read 9 Wine Celebrations You Don’t Want to Miss.
As you savor your glass of Moscato, enjoy coloring this adult coloring page. Download and print it and color it with the vibrant colors of the vineyard, or whatever inspires you.
NATIONAL MOSCATO DAY HISTORY
In 2012, the Gallo Family Vineyards created National Moscato Day. The Gallo Family Vineyards is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 1933.
NATIONAL BUTTERSCOTCH BROWNIE DAY
National Butterscotch Brownie Day on May 9th each year recognizes a delicious treat. Butterscotch Brownies, also known as Blondies or Brookies (brownie + cookie) made their debut before chocolate brownies. Recipes date back to the 19th century and are made up of flour, brown sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, and vanilla. Walnuts, pecans, or butterscotch chips are sometimes added to the brownies.
These brownies taste delicious with a dollop of ice cream on top. They also make terrific trifles when cut up into chunks and layered with puddings or mousse, and whipped cream. Make them for bake sales or tasty little gifts. No matter what excuse you use to make them, be sure to share them!
Want to keep it simple? Enjoy this recipe from Taste of Home. Share your favorite recipes and combinations, too! Use #ButterscotchBrownieDay to post on social media. Don’t forget to serve your butterscotch brownie topped with ice cream and butterscotch or caramel sauce. YUM!!! Use #NationalButterscotchBrownieDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL BUTTERSCOTCH BROWNIE DAY HISTORY
Butterscotch Brownies are a deliciously sweet dessert bar that dates back to the 19th century. Sadly, we were unable to identify the founder of this dessert holiday..
NATIONAL SLEEPOVER DAY
On May 9th, National Sleepover Day provides an opportunity once again for girls to confide in their friends in a way that can be inspiring, therapeutic, and confidence-building. Sleepovers play an important role in both friendships and memory-making. It’s a time when women and girls share stories and realize the more we’re different, the more we’re alike.
A sleepover offers more than just movies and gossip. It’s an opportunity to be among friends and be yourself. Let your hair down or put it up. Tell hair-raising stories and laugh until you cry or cry until you laugh. Either way, you’ll be among friends, and everyone there thinks you’re smart and beautiful, strong, and courageous, too. And if they don’t. Well, they soon will because at sleepovers, we tend to bare our souls.
Celebrate with a sleepover. Bring out the pillows and comfy pjs. Pop lots of popcorn and pick out your favorite movies. Plan makeovers, manis, and pedis. It’s an excellent time to catch up and unwind. Share your deepest secrets and express yourselves, too. Sleepovers encourage bonding and boost friendships, too.
Join in the celebration by sharing your sleepover memories by using #NationalSleepoverDay and #SleepintheBare on social media.
NATIONAL SLEEPOVER DAY HISTORY
The U.S. Patent Office issued patent No. 257,487 to William F. Ford for his invention of a stethoscope. His design improved upon previous designs by reducing noise unrelated to the examination.
The U.S. Patent Office issued patent No. 624,749 to John Albert Burr for his invention of a rotary blade lawnmower.
President Woodrow Wilson signs a proclamation declaring the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s Day.
MIT researchers bounce a beam of light off the surface of the Moon for the first time. Raytheon made the laser for the MIT Research Laboratory in Cambridge. The returning beams were captured on a receiver and recorded on a cathode ray tube as tiny flashes on a screen.
Recipe of the Day
Shrimp Quinoa Risotto with Baby Kale
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
2 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil, separated
8 ounces of shrimp, uncooked
2 ½ tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
1 large shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ¼ cup quinoa, rinsed
½ cup dry white wine
1 tbsp lemon juice
4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
6 cups baby kale (or quick-cooking green such as spinach, arugula, etc)
Bring the broth to a simmer, lower heat and keep warm.
Heat 1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil in a large saucepan on medium.
Add shrimp and sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until pink, flipping halfway through, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Heat the Liquid Coconut Oil in the pan.
Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
Add garlic, stir and cook an additional 30 seconds.
Add quinoa, stirring to coat with the oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add wine and stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed.
Add ½ cup broth and the lemon juice. Stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed. Continue adding the broth ½ cup at a time.
When all broth is almost absorbed, add the remaining tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil, the shrimp and fold in the kale.
Continue to stir until all liquid is absorbed and the kale is wilted.
Harriet Lane – 1830
As the 16th First Lady of the United States, the young niece of James Buchanan performed the hostess duties in the White House. While she’s not the only relative to step into the role of First Lady, Lane is the only one to do so for the only lifelong bachelor to become president.
Belle Boyd – 1844
At a young age, Belle Boyd became a Confederate spy during the Civil War. She gained a notorious reputation for her daring.
J.M. Barrie – 1860
In 1904, the Scottish playwright produced the popular play “Peter Pan; or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up.”
Howard Carter – 1874
In 1922, the English archaeologist and Egyptologist discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. The tomb of the 18th Dynasty Pharaoh was the best-preserved tomb of a pharaoh ever found in the Valley of the Kings.
Mike Wallace – 1918
The American broadcast journalist was one of the pioneering hosts of the CBS show 60 minutes.
Vance Brand – 1931
The distinguished NASA astronaut flew four space missions during his career. One of his most historic missions included the first meeting in space between American astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts during the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. During the mission, Tom Stafford and Deke Slayton joined Brand aboard Apollo. Aleksey Leonov and Valeriy Kubasov crewed the Soyuz.
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