What is the perfect gift for Father’s Day ? That is the big question every year as we try an figure out how we can show our love and appreciation for our father’s. For me the gift is only half of it, the other half is the showing up and spending time with them, that is what they want most of all.
But how did Father’s Day come about .It was for the love of a daughter and 60 years of campaigning, that, finally in 1972, the 3rd Sunday in June, was the official national holiday for Father’s Day.
ABOUT FATHER'S DAY
The first Father’s Day was the 19th of June 1910, in Spokane Washington. It wasn’t met with the same hype as Mother’s Day, men didn’t like being given gifts like flowers and chocolates as they saw this to be belittling to the manly hood. Plus not a lot of woman worked then either, meaning the men were the ones paying for their own gifts too. But it was revamped after the great depression by advertisers and retailers, making it like a 2nd Christmas, promoting gifts such as socks, Tabaco, hats, sporting goods etc… It was also used to honor the American solders of WWII.
THE GIRL THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE
Sonora Smart Dodd was one of 14 siblings and daughter to William Jackson Smart, a veteran who was widowed twice and reared his children on his own, being both father and mother to them. Which in those days that would not have been very common.
It was in 1919, in Spokane Washington when Sonora was attending the 1st official Mother’s Day, when she thought to herself why isn’t there a day to celebrate the fathers too..so in 1910, she petitioned to the Spokane Ministerial Alliance to recognize father’s for their devotion, just like William and she wanted it to be celebrated on the 5th of June on his birthday. The clergy couldn’t pull this off in such a short space of time, so the date become the 19th of June or the 3rd Sunday in the month of June. Sonora would spend her life campaigning for Father’s Day to be made an official holiday but it isn’t till 6 years after her death, that president Richard Nixon would make it an national holiday. William himself had died in 1919 but would be very proud of Sonora’s efforts and accomplishments.
NOW A DAYS
These days hallmark has pretty much taken over the holiday, with advertising starting in May. In the shops you will find gifts suck as cups, photo frames, aftershaves and many novelty item, along with a large selection of cards. The 3rd Sunday of June is the date Father’s day is celebrated on for countries like America, Ireland ,the UK, Greece and Mexico. Where many others celebrate on different dates. Germany celebrate on the 6th Sunday after Easter and Russia on the 23rd of February. No matter what date Father’s Day is celebrated on, we all are asking ourselves the same thing. What is the perfect gift for your father? What will portray your love and appreciation?
I don’t know about ye all but my dad is the best in the world! He is always there for me and has supported me through my life’s journey. He has just retired from career as a paramedic, so I am looking forward to be able to spend more time with him .For me when I am thinking of that unique gift, I try to think of something that will make him laugh or smile. A gift that will send him into a nostalgic moment, or some sort of activity we can do together.
This year will be more special for most with the past year, not a lot of people got to see their parents with the restrictions. People have found that it is the smaller things in life that we appreciate more now that they were taking away from us, so this year no matter what the gift, be grateful for the time and spend it wisely with your father and think of Sonora who spent the majority of her life trying to show her love and appreciation for her father by getting Father’s Day to be recognized as a national holiday .