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In 1868, Ann Jarvis established a day to foster friendship among mothers whose families had been torn apart during the Civil War. After Ann’s death, her daughter, Anna Jarvis, campaigned for Mother’s Day to become a national holiday to honor mothers who had lost sons in the war. Furthermore, it was also common to wear a red carnation if your mother was living and a white one if she had passed away.
Embrace the roots—literally—of Mother’s Day by planting and growing carnations to honor mothers in your family's history. Not only will this educational activity test your child's green thumb, it's also a great bonding experience for mother and child!