Click on the Doodle and, as is usual, you'll be taken to a list of search results. Second among them its a Wikipedia article on Mother's Day in the U.S., and there you can find out about Anna Jarvis, who campaigned to get Mother's Day made into an official holiday.
Anna was actually following in the footsteps of - who else - her mother, Ann, who first worked int hat direction. The holiday was first celebrated in 1908, and on On May 8, 1914, Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, requesting a presidential proclamation.
On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother's Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war.
Sadly, Anna Jarvis (May 1, 1864, Webster, West Virginia – November 24, 1948, West Chester, Pennsylvania) became cynical and bitter because of the commercialization of the holiday. Anyone who has noticed how Christmas shopping seems to start earlier every year, and how Black Friday now seems to last en entire month can commiserate with her.
She and her sister Ellsinore spent their family inheritance campaigning against what Mother's Day had turned into. Both died in poverty, and Anna Jarvis never married, thus never becoming a mother herself.
"A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself. A pretty sentiment."
Remember this, as you celebrate Mother's Day with your mother, face-to-face, we hope.