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Let's Chat About...Father's Day

Father's Day was created to honor Dads and Father Figures as a symbol of love and appreciation.


[ˈfäT͟Hər] verb

  • a man in relation to his child or children

  • an important figure in the origin and early history of something

  • a man who gives care and protection to someone or something

  • (of a man) cause a pregnancy resulting in the birth of (a child)

  • assign the paternity of a child or responsibility for a book, idea, or action to

Mother's Day became an official holiday in 1914, but Father's Day didn't come about until much later.

On July 5, 1908, a church in West Virgnia held a sermon honoring the 362 men who died in an explosion at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah. A Spokane Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by this speech and launched a campaign to initiate the Father's Day holiday.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge urged State Governments to recognize and celebrate Father's Day. Washington State was the first to do so, and soon after, many others followed suit.

In 1966 Lyndon B. Johnson made the 1st Presidential Proclamation to honor Fathers on the 3rd Sunday in June.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a Proclamation making Father's Day an official National Holiday.

Some people objected to the holiday because of its sentiment and domestication of manliness with gifts and attention. Others saw it as a gimmick to commercialize and sell more products.

Fun Facts:

  • It is estimated that American's spend over 1 million dollars on Father's Day gifts each year.

  • There are more than 70 million Fathers in the United States.

  • In other Countries such as Europe and Latin America, Father's Day is celebrated on St. Joseph's Day, a Catholic Holiday.

The greatest gift that you can give your Dad on Father's Day is time spent together! Along with that, here are a few other ideas:

  • Hunting / Fishing Accessories

  • Golf / Sporting Accessories

  • Tools / Car Accessories

  • Clothing (Shirt or Hat usually)

  • Grilling Accessories

  • Cook or take him out for a meal

This year I would like to give a special shout out to my Dad! He is always there for me and so good to attend family occasions!!

And my son Casey who is a Fantastic Father to our Grandchildren! So proud of him!!

And especially to my husband Randy! Not only is he a great Dad to his own kids, but he's been a big part of his step kids' lives too! So thankful to have you!!

So, wherever you are and whatever you are doing this Father's Day. Be sure and reach out to those special people in your lives, whether it's your Dad or a Father Figure, and let them know you appreciate them!

If you have any stories to tell or advise to give, please share in the comments below.

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