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When is Mother's Day 2022? Everything to know about the holiday

Brush up on the history before your mom's special day.

Moms really do it all. While, yes, you can — and should — express your thanks on a daily basis, Mother's Day is the time to let your mom know just how much you appreciate her. How exactly? Send a gift basket straight to her door, whip up a delicious dinner for the whole family or simply spend the day by her side.

That said, it's important to make sure you know when nail down the correct date before you start making plans with your mom, stepmom, grandma or other mother figure. Sure, we all know it's in May, but when exactly is Mother's Day in 2022? And can we expect to celebrate on the same date next year?

We've rounded up everything you need to know about this special Sunday, including how the first Mother's Day came to be way back when.

When is Mother’s Day? 

This year, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 8, 2022. The card- and flower-filled holiday is on a different date each year but always takes place on the second Sunday in May.

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Why do we celebrate Mother's Day?

It all dates back to ​​Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, a social activist and community organizer, during the Civil War era. Before the Civil War, Jarvis, of West Virginia, created the Mother’s Day Work Club, with the goal of teaching local ladies how to care for their children. These clubs unified women. In 1868, Jarvis came up with something called Mothers’ Friendship Day, which had moms of Confederate and Union soldiers come together to promote harmony. 

In 1870, suffragette Julia Ward Howe wrote what’s called the Mother’s Day Proclamation, to promote world peace and pushed for a Mother’s Peace Day to be celebrated in June. 

Meanwhile, in the 1900s, Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann, came up with a fairly genius idea that was ahead of its time: a day to honor mothers and the sacrifices they make for their kids. Thus, Mother’s Day was born. 

Mother's Day Founder Anna M. Jarvis
When her mother died on May 23, 1905, Anna Jarvis worked untiringly to have the second Sunday in May set aside each year as a day of honor to the mothers of the nation.Bettmann Archive

Ironically, Jarvis was unmarried and childless. But she pushed to have her holiday added to the calendar by kicking off a letter-writing campaign. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure that officially made the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day.

But here’s where things get interesting. All those cards, carnations and candy you buy for mom today? Jarvis was having none of it. She wanted moms celebrated, not commercialized. And in the 1920s, she slammed the modern incarnation of the holiday as a materialistic free for all. She might be a party pooper. Then, again, she might have a point. 

How much do Americans spend on Mother’s Day?

Quite. A. Lot. Just ponder this: In 2021, the National Retail Federation estimated that Americans will spend a mind-boggling $28.1 billion on Mother’s Day alone. That includes cards, flowers, and dinner outings. In fact, 68 percent of moms can expect to get bouquets on May 8. 

“It’s the official day on the calendar to honor moms’ contributions to their families and to society and to acknowledge the hard work and sacrifices they’ve made to raise their kids. Moms are even more deserving of celebration after multiple years of the pandemic and all the stress it’s placed on moms of school-age kids,” said Kristin McGrath, shopping expert at RetailMeNot. 

And here’s a fun fact, according to the Society of American Florists: Some of the most popular Mother’s Day flowers aren’t red roses, but in fact, callas, freesias and gerbera daisies. 

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