Area Restaurants Prepping for Busiest Day of the Year
There are 84 million mothers in the United States. Not all of them will be taken out to dine on May 10; it only seems that way.
Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday (after Christmas and Easter), but it is the most popular holiday to dine out. According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), nearly half of us will dine out or order restaurant takeout on May 10.
So, we SJHotChefs, suggest you make your reservation today to dine at one of our 42 independently owned and operated restaurants in South Jersey. To be sure you get reservations at the restaurant of your choice, click here to view all the choices you have for a great dining experience.
Studies indicate that 62 percent will opt for a casual dining restaurant, while 25 percent will choose fine dining. Also half (49 percent) will be going out for dinner, 33 percent will take Mom to lunch, and 24 percent prefer brunch. Only eight percent will be treating their Mothers to breakfast.
Mother’s Day is not only important to SJHotChefs and our restaurants. Also glad to see Mother’s Day coming are card manufacturers, the telephone company, and florists.
For card manufacturers and stores, Mom’s Day is their third biggest day of the year, and AT&T estimates that a whopping 122.5 million phone calls will be made to mothers nationwide on May 10. Florists will sell lots and lots of bouquets, and millions of carnations. As you know, it is traditional to wear a carnation on Mother’s Day—red if your Mom is alive and white if she is not.
How did all this get started? Honoring mothers dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans (well, doesn’t almost everything?), but the early Christians also held a festival known as “Mothering Sunday.”
In the U.S., the efforts of one woman (who ironically never became a mother) and the financial support of a Philadelphia department store got the holiday started. It was in 1905 that Anna Jarvis came up with the idea of honoring, not only her mother, but mothers everywhere. She convinced John Wanamaker that it was an idea worth backing.
The first official Mother’s Day observance was in a Methodist Church in West Virginia and that same day thousands of people attended a Mother’s Day event at the John Wanamaker store in Philly. (Some of you may fondly remember the Wanamaker store on Market Street.)
A huge letter writing campaign (way before email) to politicians and newspapers resulted in many churches, towns and even states adopting Mother’s Day as an annual holiday by 1912. Two years later, President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day an official holiday—to be celebrated the second Sunday in May.
So, let’s all honor those special ladies we call Mother. Here’s a suggestion: check out our list of member restaurants and make your Mother’s Day reservation right now!
And, if you can’t take Mom out to dine, be sure to “Call you Mother!”