Wow! It’s that time again. I feel like this year is just going by so fast. We are already halfway through the year and we are at Father’s Day again. Now, I didn’t realize until recently that Father’s Day is such a new holiday.
I mean, I knew it existed but never felt a need to explore the origin until this year. So I did a little research and found some fun facts that you might enjoy.
Father’s Day 101
-The idea of having a Father’s Day originated from a young girl named Sonora Smart who lost her mother and wanted to show her father William Jackson Smart how special he was since he raised her and her siblings.
-Since her father’s birthday was in June, she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June in the year 1910.
-July 19, 1910, is also when the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.”
-The National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City in 1926.
-A joint resolution of congress recognized Father’s Day in 1956 and in 1966.
-President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.
-It was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.
-Father’s Day is the day to celebrate father figures. For some that can be a brother, uncle, father, grandfather or close family friend. This is the day we celebrate and show our appreciation for the special dads in our life, whoever they are, by taking them to dinner, giving gifts and through acts of service.
Moms and dads definitely deserve a full day of celebration. On Mother’s Day in our house, we actually celebrate Mother’s Day weekend. I think it should be more than one day and I don’t lift a finger. I want to be pampered to the 10th power. My husband goes above and beyond to make it special, even though he thinks the weekend-long celebration is ridiculous since it’s only supposed to be one day— hence the name Mother’s Day, not Mother’s Weekend.
But on Father’s Day, we’ve typically only celebrated on the actual holiday. Well, the other day my husband says “Hey it’s going to be Father’s Day weekend.” I was shocked since when I say it’s Mother’s Day weekend, he gives me a smart remark or stare. So you can imagine I was surprised, but gladly responded and said “You know what? You’re right!” This year he’s embracing Father’s Day Weekend! And I’m happy to oblige.
So this Father’s Day, we will be celebrating him to the 10th power.
Father’s Day is officially on Sunday the 19th this year. But, his weekend will begin Friday, June 17.
And with so many tips on what to buy dad for Father’s Day, I will not fail. I’m very excited to celebrate him, as he plays such an important role in my kiddie’s life. Not everything we are doing is going to cost money. We’re planning lots of thoughtful little things to celebrate. Here are some ideas to help you celebrate your special dad this coming weekend:
-Let dad relax and take a day off from the household duties
-Treat dad to a massage
-Cook him a delicious meal
-Take him out to dinner
-Make a special card or craft
-Plan an activity like golf, mountain biking, or his favorite hobby
It’s the simplest things that count. So make sure you take the time to really celebrate the special father figures in your life this day or weekend, whichever you choose, if you choose.
Happy Father’s Day Weekend!
About the Author:
Moni is a proud Puerto Rican Air Force Spouse and mother of 3 brilliant children, that has found time as a SAHM to finish her Bachelors in Public Relations. She has moved over 13 times as an Army brat and now an Air force MilSpouse. This has allowed her to see things from different views. During her husbands last deployment, she was inspired to write about her military lifestyle from a candid, sassy, bold and witty perspective. She hopes that by sharing her experiences that it will encourage other spouses to find their voice in this journey of constant change and uncertainty……all this has been accomplished with buckets of prayer, glasses of wine and a few colorful words.