I’m a tad late with our March blog, so much has been happening alongside the dreaded C word.
We got the keys to our shop at the beginning of the month. For those of you that are Prescot based, you may have seen me painting away in Kiosk 3 in the Shopping Centre!
Work is coming on to get the shop ready to start bringing our stock in for an opening in April. It’s very exciting and the shop already feels like home to us. If you are passing and see me in the there, please feel free to say hello and ask any questions.
New products are being added to our website as they are sourced, so take a look at what to expect in the shop. Our online website www.serenity-living.co.uk and Facebook site SerenityLivingHome are already open for business.
But most importantly, March is the month that we show our mothers and mother figures how grateful we are and how much we love them. I never knew where Mother's Day started from, and found this on Wikipedia:
Did you know that the modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. St Andrew's Methodist Church now holds the International Mother's Day Shrine. She campaigned to make Mother's Day a recognized holiday in the United States in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother's Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honour her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honour all mothers because she believed a mother is "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world".[
Although Anna Jarvis was successful in founding Mother's Day, she became resentful of the commercialization of the holiday. By the early 1920s, Hallmark Cards and other companies had started selling Mother's Day cards. Anna believed that the companies had misinterpreted and exploited the idea of Mother's Day, and that the emphasis of the holiday was on sentiment, not profit. As a result, she organized boycotts of Mother's Day, and threatened to issue lawsuits against the companies involved. Jarvis argued that people should appreciate and honour their mothers through handwritten letters expressing their love and gratitude, instead of buying gifts and pre-made cards. Jarvis protested at a candy makers' convention in Philadelphia in 1923, and at a meeting of American War Mothers in 1925. By this time, carnations had become associated with Mother's Day, and the selling of carnations by the American War Mothers to raise money angered Jarvis, who was arrested for disturbing the peace.
Well I love giving gifts, but I also love a bunch of daffodils, my favourite flower. Maybe that is why I love March so much.
We have some lovely affordable Mothers day gift from our East of India supplier. Porcelain mugs, coasters and trinket dishes with thoughtful messages.
Look out for news on our progress and opening day!
Take care, love Sharon x