11 Things You Never Knew About Mother's Day

Psst ... we learned what most moms want as a gift this year.

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Though it wasn't an official holiday until 1914, we've been celebrating mothers for centuries. These days, we celebrate Mom with cards, gifts, special meals, and crafts that are made with love. Read on to find out more about the history of Mother's Day and where some of your favorite Mother's Day traditions came from.

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Ancient Greeks held spring festivals to honor mothers.

Although it wasn't like the Mother's Day celebrations we have today, the to honor the maternal goddess Rhea. She was believed to be the mother of many deities.

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Woodrow Wilson officially created Mother's Day in 1914.

After much persuasion from an activist named , Woodrow Wilson that the second Sunday of every May would be Mother's Day. In his first Mother’s Day proclamation, Wilson stated that the holiday offered a chance to “[publicly express] our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

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The most popular Mother's Day gift is a card.

Whether it's handmade with love, or purchased with her in mind, Mom a card to mark the day. The second most popular Mother's Day purchase is flowers, followed by "a special experience."

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What she really wants is a reservation somewhere.

According to a survey, what Mom really wants is a nice meal out with the family. "She doesn’t want to cook, she doesn’t want to be at home, so get her out of the house, take her to her favorite restaurant, enjoy a really nice meal with mom. Let her know you appreciate her that way,” said RetailMeNot expert Sara Skirboll.

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There are 85 million mothers in America.

At least, that's according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau estimate. Other interesting findings from the found that today’s moms and spend far less time on housework than they did 50 years ago.

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Carnations have a special connection with Mother's Day.

Anna Jarvis, who encourarged President Woodrow Wilson to declare Mother's Day an official holiday, started the . Traditionally, red or pink carnations are a nice gift to celebrate your mom, while white carnations can be used to honor a mother who has passed away.

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One-fourth of the year's floral purchases are made around Mother's Day.

As you might have guessed, Mother's Day is definitely a busy day for flower shops. are made around this holiday, according to the Society of American Florists. So get your orders in early!

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The average age for first-time mothers in the U.S. is 26.3 years old.

According to the CDC, . In 2000, the average age for a first-time mother was 24.9 years old. In 2014 (the most recent year for which this data is available), the average age was 26.3 years old.

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U.S. consumers spent about $24 million on Mom last year.

The estimated last year that Americans would spend $23.6 billion on Mother's Day gifts and celebrations, with shoppers spending an average of $186.39 on Mom. But if you're a little below that, don't worry — Mom appreciates anything made with love.

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France used to award medals to mothers of large families.

You know that Mom definitely deserves a medal. And in , she might have actually gotten one. The country began awarding medals to mothers of large families in gratitude for helping rebuild the population after so many lives were lost in World War I. Though that tradition was discontinued, French mothers now typically receive a flower-shaped cake on Mother's Day.

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The holiday has religious origins in the U.K.

falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. In the 1700s, families who had moved away would return home to the original church they attended. Today, many churches hand out daffodils for children to give to mom. And traditionally, British girls will also bake for their mothers.

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