The Mother's Day founder hated greeting cards and candy. Here's what he suggested instead

Perhaps no one hated the modern traditions of Mother's Day as much as the woman who created it.

Anna Jarvis, who successfully campaigned for the establishment of a National Mother's Day in the early 20th century,

She eventually became so intimidated by the commercialization of the holiday that she tried to cancel the whole thing.

Louis Post-Dispatch on Mother's Day in 1944, Jarvis once said, "Mother's Day is being profaned

And terrible prices, and candy makers and greeting card makers made a racket out of my ideas."

When Jarvis initially had an idea of ​​what Mother's Day would be, he envisioned a nationwide day of remembrance and solidarity

Which is celebrated with visits (if possible) and symbolizes your mother's favorite flower: a white carnation

But within decades of holding the first official Mother's Day in 1908—and years to come—it was successfully campaigned for national recognition

She became unhappy with how the holiday took place across the country.

Jarvis did not like greeting cards, calling them a "poor excuse for letters" liked by "lazy people".

And he believed the candy was a meaningless gesture because "someone other than Mom usually eats it."

Never benefiting from Mother's Day, Jarvis had no money even when he entered the sanatorium. Greeting card and floral industry executives, however, took care of her bills.

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