Mother’s Day Corsage Etiquette

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Let’s talk Mother’s Day, which is Sunday, May 8, 2016.  This may be a regional tradition, but do you remember going to church on Mother’s Day and the moms all wearing corsages?  I don’t see that these days.  As a child and young adult, I do recall seeing the ladies all with corsages.

My mom taught me that the ladies wearing the white corsages were those whose mothers had passed away. Those with pink or red corsages had moms that were living.

Although I am not a mom (hopefully I am a pretty cool aunt and stepmom), and my mother is deceased, I still get nostalgic thinking of this tradition. Since these flowers were gifts from the children, it was great way to show the world you had a mother or special lady that was loved.

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I wish I would have noticed when this tradition stopped at my church.  It only came to mind tonight when my husband was looking at Mother’s Day gift baskets and he showed me a beautiful basket topped with a pink lily corsage (which would not be appropriate for my mother-in-law).  It reminded me of the tradition and made me wonder if the retailer did not know to offer a color choice.

Digging online, I ran across a post in Yahoo asking about Southern men wearing a red rose on their lapel on Mother’s Day for a living mom and a white rose for a deceased mom.  Although I live in the south, I have not seen men wearing roses on Mother’s Day.  So many of our traditions are regional, which I think is great.  I just wish we would keep our traditions alive.

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