RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (PIX11) -- Mother's Day became an official holiday in the United States in 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation declaring "the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day."
Today, families celebrated mom in Ridgewood by taking her to brunch and waking her her up to gifts and surprises.
“You got me a card and a candle," said mom Robin Fitch.
"A big banner," said her daughter Sam.
"Oh, you made me a banner, that’s right. It says I love mom," added Fitch.
While others gave mom the gift of not waking her.
“They let me sleep in a bit so that was pretty nice," said mom Emily Boshart, who was seated at brunch in Ridgewood with her family.
"Dad said we had to," quipped her son, Jimmy.
The weather could not have been better for moms eating outside with their families, but moms stuck inside at work on Sunday were also not forgotten.
"Very sweet," said one mom from behind the counter at the Town & Country corner store. A friend had just hand-delivered a white rose.
For others, today was a celebration of mom's life, while being without her on Mother's Day for the first time.
"Unfortunately, we just lost our mother last week," said Leslie Scheinzeit, "We’re celebrating her, we’re celebrating her life."
Scheinzeit was seated at brunch with her daughter and sister. Together they said today is about spending the day with family and remembering what their mother taught them.
"Her zest for life," said Scheinzeit's sister, Sharon Bragin, "She always put her 6 children first."
Happy Mother's Day to you, and the moms in your life.