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Has Mother’s Day Become an Overly-Commercialised Tradition?
Life and Style's Ellie Silcock debates whether Mother’s Day is actually about celebrating that individual or has become a commercialised practice all about gift-buying
Every year at this time we see shop windows adorned with pink and flowers. Balloons, cards and teddy bears coat the shops, giving passers-by no doubt that it is once again Mother’s Day.
There is forever this debate with most holidays of this sort, as to whether it’s an important holiday worth celebrating and taking time to show your loved ones how much you care, or whether it’s just commercialised so much that it has become all about the gifts.
Holiday commercialisation is present on a multitude of different occasions. For example, the focus on Valentine’s Day being the cards, chocolate and massive bouquets of roses, more so than being a day to just celebrate with your loved ones. Similarly, Christmas becoming more about the mass of presents and cards than the actual meaning behind it or the celebrations with friends and family. It seems as though retailers use these holidays to make as much money as possible, by convincing people that the best way to show their love is by buying expensive or extravagant gifts, and it is clear that this has become the intention with Mother’s Day too.
Even the founder of Mother’s Day back in 1907, Anna Jarvis, later went on to believe that commercialism was ruining the premise of the day. She believed it should be “a day of sentiment not profit” and felt that a handwritten letter or trip home was far more important than a store-bought card or flowers.
“Even the founder of Mother’s Day back in 1907, Anna Jarvis, later went on to believe that commercialism was ruining the premise of the day
Although, many would argue that there is nothing wrong with these gifts, after all the shops are just targeting a very active audience, if we weren’t buying the gifts they wouldn’t be selling so many of them. When Mother’s Day rolls around it’s often nice to be able to send your mum a little gift or some flowers to show your appreciation.
However, it is often important to remember that Mother’s Day is worth far more than an expensive gift. I know that my mum would much rather a surprise trip home or even just a cute text telling her how much I appreciate her, than an extravagant gift (especially when she knows I’m on a student budget!). Although arguably, if I had an infinite budget to spend on Mother’s Day it would always be nice to treat her.
“Many people also argue that you should show your appreciation to your mother every day of the year
Many people also argue that you should show your appreciation to your mother every day of the year. However, let’s be honest, this is highly unrealistic. I do appreciate my mum every day, yet our lives are so busy that it’s hard to take the time every day to let them know this. Which is what makes Mother’s Day all the more special, because you take time out just for one day to fully show how grateful you are for what they do, and I think this makes all the difference.
I definitely believe that the basis of Mother’s Day should be about the individual. When you think about all the things your mum or the mother figure in your life does for you it does seem nice to have a way to thank them.
“When you think about all the things your mum or the mother figure in your life does for you it does seem nice to have a way to thank them