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What you don't know about Mother's Day

By CNN Library

Published May 10, 2019

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Mother's Day is observed on the second Sunday in May in the US. Here are a few things about the day that may surprise you.

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More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother's Day than for any other holiday except Christmas/Hanukkah.

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In 2018, US consumers spent an estimated $23.1 billion celebrating Mother's Day. Shoppers spend an average $180 on Mom.

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77% of consumers will give cards. 69% will give flowers. 55% will take their mothers out to eat this year. The most money will be spent on jewelry: $4.6 billion.

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1908

A woman named Anna Jarvis began a campaign for a nationwide observance of Mother's Day in honor of her late mother. The holiday became commercialized and she admitted she regretted ever starting it.

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1914

President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday.

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