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!