Mother’s Day is upon us (well in North America anyways). It’s a day to recognize and celebrate a very important woman in our lives. And for those wondering it is proper to put the apostrophe before the “s” in Mother’s Day. It’s intended to be singular possessive on purpose. Here’s the rationale behind it.
Mother’s Day Event Planning Tips – Keep it Personal
Some of my earliest memories of Mother’s Day, and Mother’s Day gift ideas in particular, are from when I was a young boy in school. It usually began a couple of weeks before the day. The general theme was always surprising mom on Mother’s Day. Looking back I don’t think that the moms were generally surprise to be getting a gift on Mother’s Day. I think the surprise was more to do with what the gift was. It definitely was a surprise that always put a smile on my mother’s face.
As most moms will tell you it’s not about the monetary value of the gift. Rather it’s about the thought and time that was put into the gift.
As I got a little older I started purchasing my Mother’s Day gifts and cards. And mom was always appreciative no matter what she received. But I couldn’t help wonder if mom longed for the days when I would arrive home with my unique, one-of-a-kind, papier-mâché gift made especially for her.
I think we all know the answer to that.
In the last decade or so I’ve made a point of returning to something more personal. A lot of the times it can be a card that I make myself on my computer. Nowadays there’s no shortage of pictures on our phones that we can easily put on personalized cards (no offense Hallmark). And I try to make the gift unique as well. I’m not making those papier-mâché whatever-they-are creatures much anymore. Or those wobbly clay ashtrays for someone who doesn’t even smoke. Instead my personal gifts today can range from cooking her favorite meal (with a bottle of her favorite wine) or a coupon for a movie night of her choosing. With springtime in full bloom now a nice bouquet of her favorite flowers is also a nice way of showing that you’re thinking about her on her special day.
Planning a Mother’s Day party with close family and friends should be more about getting together and celebrating good times rather than focusing on expensive store-bought gifts. Spending time together really is a precious gift. You begin to realize that the older you get.