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Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown

Sunday, May 14, 2017 marks the 103rd anniversary of the nationally recognized holiday, Mother’s Day. While the first Mother’s Day observances were simple church services and the distribution of white carnations, the day quickly evolved to be big business for florists, gift and card retailers, and restaurants. Whether you celebrate mom with cards, flowers, chocolates, and Mother’s Day brunch or have created your own family traditions around the holiday of mom appreciation; the second Sunday of May is the day Americans honor and recognize motherhood and the contribution of all women.

Customarily Mother’s Day celebrations include a day off from cooking. This might be breakfast in bed cooked by family members, a multi-generational family dinner or the very popular Sunday champagne brunch. Colorado Springs restaurants offer brunch for just about every budget. As this is one of the most common Sunday traditions, reserve a table early, choose an off time (early or late) or consider lunch, dinner or High-Tea instead. If it’s in your budget, a relaxing family weekend away may become an anticipated yearly family tradition.

If brunch isn’t your mom’s style, you might consider a non-traditional but very Colorado Mother’s Day outdoor experience. Plan an early morning hike followed by a simply prepared picnic lunch, a river rafting day trip, a camping weekend, or a day at the Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center. This pre-pay event “Mother’s Day with the Wolves” includes a wolf tour, flower for mom and snacks.

Look for “mom free” or “mom discounts” during the holiday weekend. Many Colorado Springs and surrounding area tourist destinations offer free admission for moms with a paid admission including Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. 21C Library is holding a free Treat Yourself Mother’s Day Fair, May 13th from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

What’s the best gift for mom on Mother’s Day? For many moms it’s quiet family time, extra pampering and a day to get caught up on sleep.

Gifts for the holiday range from a simple hand drawn card to a special piece of jewelry (popular for first time moms) but don’t get too caught up on the cost. If you take the time to reflect on your mother’s hobbies, interests and lifestyle you can choose a unique gift she’ll love. Consider a tech gift, movie passes, cooking lessons, spa or massage gift cards, cleaning services, gourmet food or a trip to a gardening center to fill her garden with color.

If you take the time to let your mom know how much she’s loved and appreciated any gift or observance small or large will create lasting family memories.

What are you doing for your Mom this Mother’s Day?