The celebrations could not have been more low-key when President Woodrow Wilson signed the order making Mother's Day an official holiday in 1914. People went to church and wrote loving letters to their moms. Before long, the hand-written notes gave way to cards, flowers and presents. What began as a simple and inexpensive way to honor mothers had turned into a splashy commercial bonanza.
In the spirit of the original meaning of the day, advertisers now promote the holiday with pictures of apple-cheeked children carrying bowls of cold cereal to their mothers for a once a year breakfast in bed treat.
But we think the occasion calls for something more festive, like these brunch recipes. Whip them up and Mom will be wowed.
—By Jean Kressy