Father’s Day is a ceremony introduced in the early twentieth century to accompany Mother’s Day to appreciate fatherhood and men’s parenting, and to reward and memorialize fathers. Father’s Day is celebrated on many different dates all around the world and normally goes hand in hand with gift-giving, special dinner parties for dads and family-oriented activities. As soon as people saw the joy and interest in Mother’s Day, Father’s Day was also welcomed with joy.
In the US, Father’s Day began on July 5, 1908 in West Virginia. It also took place in Washington on June 19th that year. Now, Father’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June.
Grace Golden Clayton, is considered to have been motivated to memorialize male parenting after the fatal mine burst in nearby Monongah the previous December. This explosion killed 361 men, most of them fathers and fresh immigrants to the United States from Italy. Other potential motivation for the service was Mothers’ Day, which had taken place for the first time two months ago in Grafton, West Virginia, a town about 15 miles (24 km) away.
Other influences for organizing Father’s Day came from Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd. Her dad, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent raising his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was motivated by Anna Jarvis’s attempts to establish Mother’s Day
In recent years, retailers have adjusted to the holiday by advertising greeting cards and male-oriented presents such as electronics and instruments. Schools and other children’s programs usually have activities to create Father’s Day gifts.
Of course everyone has his/her own ideas how to make their fathers happy. Here are some ways to make your father feel special and loved.
1. You should start with the most important thing about men – the food. Make meals to include his favorite foods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner should all consist of the foods he loves. Serve a lot, think huge, man-sized meals. NO dieting is allowed today!
2. Deliver breakfast in bed or set up a nice place at the table. Make him the
God of the remote control and don’t forget – No work today! If he wants to
sleep and sit in front of the tv today, let him.
3. Begin by considering all the activities you’ve shared with your Dad. Pick a card that has to do with something connected to those things you and your dad have done or still do together. If your dad helped you learn how to drive a car, if you played ball together, or if he even took you to all the spots you wanted to go, include that in the card. Choose one to highlight the important aspects of the relationship you have with him.
4. When you think of a message to put on your card, don’t just say how much you love him; tell him why you feel this way. You may want to say “thank you” for all the things he has taught you and how much his advice helped you along the way. Another thing is to write a happy memory you and your dad shared together.
5. For your father, the act of giving him a card or gift for Father’s day is very important. For him, the fact that you have remembered him on Father’s Day is the best thing to know. Make him feel important for you and make him smile. If you think about it, you only have one real father in your life. Right?