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National Mother-in-Law Day

Don't forget to show your appreciation for your mother-in-law this National Mother-in-Law Day - make her feel special with heartfelt cards and thoughtful gifts!
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National Mother-in-Law Day is here on the Fourth Sunday in October and it's time to celebrate! This special day was created to honor and recognize the relationships between mothers-in-law and their sons and daughters-in-law. It's a great way to show your appreciation for all that your mother-in-law has done for you, your partner, and your family over the years. There are plenty of ways to make this holiday one that will be remembered – from heartfelt cards to quality time spent together. Let's take this opportunity to express our gratitude for all that our mothers-in-law do!

History of National Mother-in-Law Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1934</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Documentation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first mention of a day intended to honor mothers-in-law was recorded.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Observance Popularized</div><div class='timeline-text'>Many people start celebrating Mother-in-Law day, making it more popular, especially in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mass Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The practice of recognizing this day began spreading to a wider audience nationally and globally during the 90s.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Media Propagation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Film and television media starts highlighting the event, leading to increased recognition and celebration of Mother-in-Law Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Wishes</div><div class='timeline-text'>The advent of social media led to a shift in the celebration pattern, with many people wishing their mothers-in-law online and sharing posts to celebrate the day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Mother-in-Law Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send a card</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Send your mother-in-law a card expressing your appreciation and love.  Make sure to include a heartfelt message that shows her how much you appreciate her.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Cook a meal</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you know your mother-in-law's favorite dish, cook it for her as a special treat.  Or if you're feeling adventurous, try something new, she'll be sure to appreciate the effort.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a picnic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Plan a picnic in the park and invite your mother-in-law along.  Bring her favorite foods and drinks, and enjoy some quality time together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Take her shopping</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take your mother-in-law shopping for something special, like a handbag or jewelry.  It will be like having a day at the spa, plus she'll get to choose something that she'll love.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make an album</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Collect all of your favorite photos of your mother-in-law and create an album or scrapbook.  Include any special mementos or notes that she has given you over the years to make it extra special.</p></div></div>

Why National Mother-in-Law Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mothers-in-law provide support & love</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Mothers-in-law are a valuable source of both emotional and practical support to their families. They offer advice, give encouragement, and help out when needed. By celebrating National Mother-in-Law Day, we can show our appreciation for all that they do and remind ourselves that their relationships with us are just as important as the ones with the rest of our family.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mothers-in-law bridge gaps</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>One of the most important roles of a mother-in-law is to bridge the gap between two families during significant life events such as marriage. Celebrating this day is a way to acknowledge their role in ensuring relationships are strong, happy and healthy.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's an opportunity to spend time together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Checking in and spending quality time with each other is essential in any relationship - and this especially applies to mothers and daughters/daughters-in law. National Mother In Law Day gives us the chance to put differences aside and simply enjoy being around one another, which is something we should make an effort to do year round.</p></div></div>

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