LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Apparently, the woman who created Mother's Day grew to loathe the holiday because (surprisingly enough!) it had become too commercial.
All Ann Reeves Jarvis wanted was a way to honor her mother.
So after her mother died on May 9, 1905, she made it her goal to do just that.
It began in her hometown of Grafton, West Virginia, where the first Mother's Day celebration took place.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that would make it an official holiday .
Jarvis later regretted the idea of people spending money on extravagant, unnecessary gifts for the holiday so much so that she went after florists and even First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for promoting the holiday as anything other than to honor mothers.
Ms Jarvis would surely be distressed to find out that we now spend an average of $196 on Mom on this day.
You can read the entire story of how poor Ann Jarvis became disillusioned with her holiday crusade here.