Celebrating 104 Years of Moms! Fun Facts about Mom's Day

Happy Mother's Day from Macaroni Kid

By Melissa Hucal May 9, 2014

One hundred and four years ago, in the year 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother's Day as a national holiday. In fact, over the past 104 years, Mother's Day has become the third most celebrated holiday, ranking behind only Christmas and Easter, and is celebrated in more than 50 countries.

As moms, we're in good company! There are an estimated 85.4 million moms in the United States. That means you're not only one in a million, you're one in 85 million!

Any way you say it, "Mom" is "Mom!" In a majority of world languages, the word for "mother" begins with the letter "M" or a "ma," "mo" or "me" sound.

You're never too old to be a mother! In 2003, a retired schoolteacher in India gave birth to her first child at the age of 65.

Mother's Day means a break from the kitchen! It's the busiest day of the year for restaurants, with over 60 percent of families choosing to dine out and give mom a day off from cooking.

Moms invented alphabet blocks, diapers and folding cribs! It's no secret that moms are the "mother of all inventors," but would it surprise you to know that all these great tools that make it a bit easier to be a mom were invented in the late 1800's? Even then, moms knew what they needed to get the job done!

A mother's influence is far reaching - even into your children's adult lives! Bet you didn't know that Mr. Rogers wore sweaters knitted by his real-life mother on his popular television show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

There are many ways to celebrate Mother's Day! Whether you received handmade cards and gifts, flowers or simply spend time with your family, Mother's Day is celebrated with enthusiasm. In fact, in the former country of Yugoslavia, the kids play a key role! On Mother's Day, the tradition is to tie up their mothers and only set them free when they reward their children with a small treat!

Happy Mother's Day!