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History of Father’s Day

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in History of gift giving occasions | Posted on 30-04-2008

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Contrary to what many believe, Father’s Day wasn’t invented by any particular card company to drum up business during a quiet summer!

Most countries, including Ireland, the United States and the UK, celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June. This year it falls on June 15th.

There are several theories behind the first Father’s Day but generally the first father to receive a pair of socks and a tie was William Jackson Smart. He was a Civil War veteran and after his wife died in 1898, he raised his six children in Spokane, Washington.

His daughter was so moved by his efforts to raise their family, and inspired by the latest holiday of Mother’s Day, she started a campaign to have Father’s Day officially recognised.

Through her efforts, the first Father’s day was celebrated on June 19th 1910. It was officially recognised in 1972 under President Nixon.

So this Father’s Day, instead of going to your local store and picking up something at the last minute, why not plan early and get something a little more unusual online.

History of Fathers Day

Posted by TeamGifts | Posted in History of gift giving occasions | Posted on 03-06-2007

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While many people believe that Father’s Day is a holiday invented by the fine folks at Hallmark, it’s not so. The celebration of Dad’s special day can most likely be credited to Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington State, who first suggested the idea of the holiday in 1909.

Mrs. Dodd’s father, civil war veteran William Smart, was widowed when his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. Despite the obvious hardships, Mr. Smart proceeded to raise the newborn along with his five other children, by himself.

It wasn’t until Sonora Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. The original date chosen for the holiday was June 5, Mr. Smart’s birthday, however the celebration was postponed until June 19, the third Sunday in June, because there was not enough time to prepare.

At about the same time in various towns and cities across America other people were beginning to celebrate a Father’s Day. Some accounts credit Mrs. Charles Clayton of West Virginia, as the founder of Father’s Day, although most histories give credit to Mrs. Dodd.

In early times, wearing flowers was a traditional way of celebrating Father’s Day. Mrs. Dodd favored the red rose to honor a father still living, while a white flower honored a deceased dad. J.H. Berringer, who also held Father’s Day celebrations in Washington State as early as 1912, chose a white lilac as the Father’s Day Flower.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day, but it never became official until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the presidential proclamation that set aside the 3rd Sunday of June as Father’s Day.

Father’s Day falls on June 15th in 2008.