Monday, June 4, 2012

Fathers Day

What is the best father's day gift?  

This is a question I asked myself all my childhood when think what to get my father.  Now being a father I think some of the best gifts that I received was the thought.  My favorite was breakfast in bed and being able to just be lazy for one day with the kids. 
    Awesome cupcake
  • Make his job easier —Anyone with kids knows parenting is a full-time job too. Help him out with chores, cooking or yard work to give him some extra free time with the kids the following days. 
  • Give him some Dad time — Give him a gift certificate for something he loves doing with just you or his friends. Does he like golf, movies or going out to eat? Hire a sitter and have a night or afternoon of relaxation!
  • Family Picnic — For a day he really remembers, organize a perfect family picnic with all his favorite foods. Head to a forest preserve or a park with benches for some time in nature with your family. Bring baseballs, frisbees or bikes to use after the kids eat.
  • Make him a desert-Find creative ways to make his favorite cup cakes, ice cream or just chocolate to make him feel special.

History of Fathers Day. 

There are a range of events, which may have inspired the idea of Father's Day. One of these was the start of the Mother's Day tradition in the first decade of the 20th century. Another was a memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907.

A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother. This was uncommon at that time, as many widowers placed their children in the care of others or quickly married again.

Sonora was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, who had pushed for Mother's Day celebrations. Sonora felt that her father deserved recognition for what he had done. The first time Father's Day was held in June was in 1910. Father's Day was officially recognized as a holiday in 1972 by President Nixon.

However it came about I am just glad that us men have a day to hang out with the family.

When is Fathers Day?

Father's Day is generally celebrated on the third Sunday in June; including US, UK, Canada, Chile, France, Japan and India. We then see the nations of Uruguay and Dominican Republic celebrating Father's Day in July, with Brazil, Samoa and Taiwan in the month of August. Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji honoring Dad's on the first Sunday in September each year with Latvia and Nepal following later in the month. October is the month for Dad's to celebrate in Luxembourg and Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden honoring him on the second Sunday in November. Thailand and Bulgaria celebrate this traditional day in December.

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