We already brought you part one of our list of 16 things you didn’t know about Mother’s Day, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the family-forward holiday that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You (and your mother) might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: The Majority of Mother’s Day Gifts Are Flowers. In fact, 69 percent of gifts given on the holiday are flowers. We’re guessing florists everywhere are thankful that Anna Jarvis wasn’t able to get rid of the holiday when she wanted to.
Number Seven: Get Your Mom an iPad Instead. One survey revealed that a whopping 91 percent of mothers wanted an iPad for Mother’s Day. Forget the flowers – grab that tablet!
Number Six: It’s the Restaurant Industry’s Busiest Day All Year. You might not have guessed it, but the busiest day of the year for most restaurants is none other than Mother’s Day. It’s become a tradition for families to go out for brunch and enjoy each other’s (and their mother’s) company while they eat.
Number Five: Yugoslavian Children Used to Tie Their Mother Up to Celebrate. It’s true! Children in the former Yugoslavia would celebrate Mother’s Day by tying their mother to a chair or another piece of furniture. A Yugoslavian mother would have to “pay” her children with treats before she could be untied.
Number Four: The Most Prolific Mother Had 69 Children. The wife of Feodor Vassilyev had 69 children, but unfortunately, she died before Mother’s Day became a thing. Vassilyev didn’t have 69 pregnancies, though; she gave birth to multiple sets of twins, triplets, and quadruplets.
Number Three: More Than $21 Billion Was Spent Last Year. In 2015, husbands and children (and other relatives, we’re sure) spent over $21 billion on Mother’s Day. And who can blame them? Moms are worth every penny.
Number Two: Don’t Confuse it With Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday is a Christian holiday that falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Interestingly, there is no connection between Mothering Sunday and Mother’s Day.
Number One: The Holiday’s Inventor Never Had Children. We already mentioned that Anna Jarvis invented the holiday to reunite families after the Civil War, but did you know she never had any children of her own? We hope you enjoyed our list of 16 things you didn’t know about Mother’s Day!