Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day’

Do consumers spend more for moms on Mother’s Day than dads on Father’s Day?

June 6, 2011

Naturally, we love both our parents equally, but when it comes to their special days of recognition, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, who are we spending more on?  Whether it is time or money, do moms and dads get equal attention or does one beat out the other?  In one of my previous blogs, I wrote about the differences between the way we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  Based on my research, I found that more time went into Mother’s Day, but does that also mean that more money was spent on mothers?  Many studies have been done to figure out the answers to these very questions.

Do we spend more on our moms for Mother's Day than our dads on Father's Day?In certain studies, many people gave testimonials based on how things work in their household.  For example, some said that they like to make Mother’s Day much more special because moms are the ones who have nurtured and cared for us since conception.  On the other hand, some argued that dads work just as hard to provide for the family.  To get to the bottom of this, these questions can be better answered by looking at the statistics.  In 2008, the projected consumer spending for Father’s Day was close to $9.9 billion, which happened to be $5.9 billion less than what we spent on our moms that year.  This year, consumers were expected to spend $16.3 billion on moms and did, in fact, surpass that expectation.  Will we surpass expectations and spend $11.1 billion on our dads this year?  We shall wait and see.

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Joie Montoya

Mother’s Day Around the World

May 18, 2011

Mother’s Day is an annual holiday celebrated on different dates around the world.  Countries such as the United States, Germany, Greece, Austria, Australia, Cuba, Brazil, Turkey, and Switzerland, among many others, celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.  As it turns out, this is the most common time the holiday is celebrated.  Some countries celebrate it for religious purposes like Ireland, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and Bangladesh, as their celebrations fall on the fourth Sunday of Lent.  Other countries celebrate the holiday on different dates throughout the calendar year.

Even though most countries celebrate Mother's Day between March and May of the Gregorian calendar, other countries celebrate a similar kind of holiday throughout the year according to local tradition.The holiday is celebrated to recognize mothers, motherhood, and maternal bonds in general.  It also recognizes positive contributions that they make to society.  While most countries have been influenced by American traditions, making the holiday highly commercialized, in all countries it is a day to give thanks and express the deep-felt gratitude towards one’s mother.  In America, Australia, the United Kingdom and other countries, gifts and tokens of appreciation are given to the mothers.  All around the world, Mother’s Day is a day to show your mom that you appreciate her.  It can be done in words, a craft, a gift you bought, or activities you plan for her.

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Taylor P.

Differences in the Way We Celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

May 17, 2011

In America, it is customary to celebrate a special day for just mothers and another special day for just fathers.  Although we may not realize it, we celebrate the holidays in different ways.  There have been some studies focusing on the surprising differences between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  For example, with moms, things are more personable and family-oriented, while with dads, things are usually formal, business-like, and tend to focus on hobbies.

Why do we celebrate Mother's Day differently from Father's Day?Mothers always have higher expectations than fathers, which is why we usually take the extra time to plan out a whole day for our moms.  For example, studies show that the kids usually plan to make Mom breakfast, do all the chores, give her a gift, take her out to go shopping, and end the day with a nice dinner.  Meanwhile, Dad’s kids tend to make him breakfast, give him stereotypically predictable gifts such as a new tie, watch, or golf clubs, and then let him relax on his day off before going back to work the next day.  Even though the extra effort is put in for our mothers, in a study conducted by Nicole Gilbert, a graduate student at the Department of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College, mothers end up being more disappointed with their special day due to their high expectations.  In addition, a fight within the family or an argument between the kids could ruin the rest of the day.  In the end, I feel that, even though it is very important to show your parents how much you love them, it is even more important to show them that you love them not only on Mother’s Day or Father’s day, but every day of the year.

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Joie Montoya

Gift Ideas for Under $10!

January 28, 2010

Have you ever sat down and tried to compile a list of gift ideas for under $10 for any occasion of the year, whether it’s Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Valentine’s Day?  BetterBudgeting.com author, Michelle Jones, has compiled a money-saving list that will help you save money during this down economy.

  1. Whether you need to buy a present for a birthday, graduation, or Christmas, here is a list of gift ideas under $10 for any occasion!

    Gourmet coffees with a personal coffee cup

  2. Pound of pistachios
  3. Child’s artwork, framed
  4. Journal with special inscription inside
  5. Teacup with box of herbal tea
  6. Deck of cards and book of card game rules
  7. Homemade cocoa mix in a pretty jar
  8. Collage of special photos
  9. Gel pens and pretty stationary
  10. Bottle of sparkling cider
  11. Home baked bread, include recipe
  12. Disposable camera or rolls of film
  13. Basket filled with deli cheese and fruit
  14. Craft supplies
  15. Holiday serving bowl or platter

Read all 63 of her money-saving gift ideas here.

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Francis M. Unson

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