Mother's Day: Fast Facts About Motherhood, Part Three
Lake Saint Louis Patch celebrates moms!
Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother's Day in 1908, quickly became disgusted with the commercialization of the holiday, especially by the floral industry. She tried to stop a 1923 Mother's Day event and petitioned against a Mother's Day stamp that featured a vase of white carnations. (Thanks, MothersDayCentral.com)
In honor of Mother's Day, Lake Saint Louis Patch offers five fast facts about Mother's Day gifts, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau:
- How many flower shops are there in the US? In 2008, there were 18,509, with 89,741 employees to help you pick out that last-minute arrangement for Mom. (County Business Patterns: 2008)
- Where do those flowers come from? California, most likely. Among 15 surveyed states, California accounted for 75 percent of domestic flower production (USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
- How many people work for greeting card companies? 11,715 employees worked for 107 greeting-card publishers in 2008. (County Business Patterns)
- How many cosmetics, beauty supplies and perfume stores are there in the US? 14,027 stores sold those Mother's Day favorites in 2008. (County Business Patterns: 2008)
- How many jewelry stores are there in the US? 26,683 in 2008. (County Business Patterns: 2008)
So don't fret, there's probably a store somewhere still open where you can pick up something nice for Mom!