Modern Mom’s Rite of Passage
Nov 12, 2013
I have four sisters and four sisters-in-law. Between us we have a total of 30 children! Suffice it to say I have been to many, and admittedly, boring baby showers. You know what I'm talking about. We have all been there.
Where did this trend start anyway?
In ancient times it was customary for the Egyptians and the Greeks to celebrate with food and dance after a woman gave birth. While the baby was introduced to the community, it was the new mom that they honored because going through pregnancy, labor and delivery was considered a rite of passage for the woman in her new role as mother.
By the Victorian Era a tea party was in order for the new mom. Female friends and family would have a tea in honor of the woman. This was the time to meet the newborn, but mom was still the focus of the party.
It wasn’t until the time of WWII that we noticed the focus of the celebration go from mom to baby. Now guests gifted mom with presents such as clothes for the baby to help the family out during the economically challenged time of war.