Father’s Day, celebrated this year June 19, is a day to celebrate the man who tells dad jokes, sings along to the radio when your friends are in the car with you, gives threatening looks to your dates — and dries your tears when the boy you like doesn’t give you a second look, surprises you by picking you up after school to bring you for ice cream “just because”, and is the man with whom you compare all other men.
Father’s Day was first celebrate in 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd, after hearing the sermon for Mother’s Day the year before, wanted a day to recognize the importance of fathers. Ms Dodd was aware of how important fathers are in the lives of their children because her father single handedly raised 6 children.
What do you get the man who means so much to you? Most dads would want you to know that they don’t need another tie. But wouldn’t they love a gift from the heart? How about a day with you and dad participating in his favorite hobby, like fishing or gardening? Or a lunch with just you and dad? Make arrangements to pay the waitress beforehand so that dad doesn’t grab the check. And any dad would like a card with your heartfelt thoughts on what he means to you and how much you appreciate how much he’s done for you. Greeting Card Universe allows you to write your own verse on the inside of the card as well as no charge to add a special photo of you and your dad to the inside.
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Father’s Day, celebrating fatherhood and paternal bonds, has been officially observed in the United States on the third Sunday in June since President Richard Nixon proclaimed the holiday in 1972. In honor of the men their sons and daughters call “Dad,” here are five fun facts about Father’s Day.
- The United States has twice as many hardware shops and three times as many sporting goods shops than men’s clothing stores. Yet for the 70.1 million fathers in the U.S., neckties remain the #1 most popular gift (although men themselves would rather receive electronics).
- Older kids and family members love taking Dad out to dinner or on a special outing like a sporting event – $1.9 billion is spent annually on these activities for Father’s Day.
- What are the most popular sayings or “Dadisms” attributed to fathers? “You’re going out looking like that?” and “There’s nothing a little duct tape won’t fix.”
- 72% of Americans celebrate Father’s Day in some way.
- More than 110 million greeting cards are exchanged on Father’s Day. A recent study shows about 50% of Father’s Day cards are sent to Dad; the other 50% are sent to grandfathers, uncles, sons, brothers, husbands, and other male relatives.
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Since July 19, 1910, when the state of Washington’s governor proclaimed the first Father’s Day in the United States – it would finally become a national federal holiday under President Richard Nixon in 1972 – Americans have celebrated a special day just for Dads.
“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.”
Father’s Day takes place annually on the third Sunday in June (in 2012, this is June 17). Enjoy some facts and figures about this special holiday in this Father’s Day FAQ.
- In the 1920s, a movement began to abolish Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in favor of a single holiday, Parents Day, but the notion didn’t catch on and faded away in the 1930s.
- During World War II, it was suggested by retailers and advertisers that celebrating Father’s Day supported the war effort and increased the morale of American troops. U.S. citizens responded favorably. Following the war, Father’s Day was a well established (though not yet official) nationwide celebration.
- It took 58 years longer for Father’s Day to become an official national holiday than Mother’s Day!
- Electronics, clothing, and greeting cards are the most popular gifts to give for Father’s Day – Americans spend an estimated $1.4 billion on each category. In total, $11 billion is spent annually on the nation’s dads.
- What’s the second most popular gift to give your father, right after electronic doo-dads? A hug!
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How did the celebration known as Father’s Day come to be observed?
“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him Father!”
—Lydia M. Child
In 1909, while listening to a religious sermon on Mother’s Day, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd conceived the idea of a day honoring fathers. Her own father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, had raised her and her five siblings after their mother’s death in childbirth in 1898, and Dodd esteemed him highly.
The very first Father’s Day, though not yet officially recognized, was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. The idea of a day celebrating fathers swept across the nation. In 1916, President Calvin Coolidge traveled to Spokane and spoke at a Father’s Day sermon as a token of his support. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Finally, in 1972—sixty-two years after the initial celebration—President Richard Nixon recognized Father’s Day as a permanent national observance.
Did you know in the past, it was customary to wear a red rose if your father was still alive, and a white rose if he had passed? In some countries, the tradition is still observed.
What are your plans this Father’s Day? Cooking him a delicious brunch doesn’t have to mean going to cooking school. Simple dishes, well prepared and seasoned with love, are a sure-fire hit. Need a gift? Men are notoriously hard to shop for, but you don’t need to reach for the nearest ugly tie, new wallet or bottle of aftershave. Surprise your father with a cool gift instead. You can also donate to a charity in your father’s name – what better gift could you give than the gift of helping someone who really needs it?
Whether your dad’s passion is golf or other sports, sailing, surfing, tennis, hunting, fishing or other hobbies; whether you want to tickle his funny bone or touch his heart, you’ll find greeting cards at Greeting Card Universe that will send an “I love you” on your father’s special day.
The third Sunday in June is Father’s Day (in 2011, this falls on June 19), and sending cards and gifts to your own Dad is only part of the celebration. In recent times, it has become increasingly trendy to acknowledge all fathers for the great work they do. A friend, for example, might give another friend with children a Father’s Day greeting card. Or a mother might send one to her son, or a sister to a brother, a wife to her husband, an employee to her boss…whatever the relationship between sender and recipient, Father’s Day has become a holiday when many people pay tribute to the fathers in their lives, including grandfathers and great-grandfathers!
Dads are heroes and guides, life coaches and mediators, who love their sons and daughters. Honor, trust, faith, courage, strength, hard work and above all, love, are the things we admire and respect about our fathers, and the values that every son hopes to instill in his own children.
A Place Just for Dad
We may not shower him with praise
Nor mention his name in song,
And sometimes it seems that we forget
The joy he spreads as he goes along,
But it doesn’t mean that we don’t know
The wonderful role that he has had.
And away down deep in every heart
There’s a place that is just for Dad.
On Father’s Day, a heartfelt message from you to him is bound to warm him through and through. There’s no better gift, and no better way to express your love and thanks to the most important man you’ll ever know. At Greeting Card Universe, we have many ways you can send a hug to all the Dads who deserve to be acknowledged on their special day.