Since we did a fun facts about Mother’s Day, we felt it was equally important to find out the same history behind dad’s special day!
- Over 30 countries around the world celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June
- Australia celebrates Father’s Day in September. Finland celebrates with a festival in November and Thailand observes Father’s Day on Dec. 5th
- The first unofficial celebration of Father’s day was on June 19th 1910 in Spokane, Washington
- The word “Dad” is believed to be around since the 16th century
- Father’s Day was “invented” in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd whose father raised his 6 children single handedly. Sonora wanted a day to celebrate fathers just as there was a Mother’s Day. In 1924 Calvin Coolidge supported the concept in the U.S. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation and in 1972 President Richard Nixon signed Father’s day into a permanent day on the calendar
- Neckties are the most common Father’s Day gift followed by flowers
- Hallmark claims Father’s Day to be the 5th largest card sending day in the world
- 1/3 of cards sold are funny in nature
Here’s some of our favorite ideas for homemade gifts for dad to celebrate his special day:
Painted Hammer: You’ll need: 1 wood handled hammer, sand paper, acrylic paints, paint brushes and acrylic glaze or sealer. Sand the handle of the hammer to rough up any coating. Paint the handle with white paint (do one side at a time). Paint any type of decoration onto the handle, including Dad’s name, favorite sports team etc. When paint is dry, spray 2 coats of sealer and allow to dry over night
Picture Frames: Frame up your favorite picture of you & dad for this great gift. Use popsicle sticks to make the frame, decorate with paint, stickers etc to show Dad how much you love him. Glue a magnet on the back so it can hang on the fridge. You can also make a frame out of card stock paper shaped in the word Dad and use the inside of the letters as your frame. Decorate with all things that remind you of Dad!
Need some ideas of what to do on Father’s Day? Here’s our picks to ensure Dad will always remember this day! Send dad out for a round of golf or on a sports tournament. Check your community, there may be a Father’s Day event planned. Plan a getaway weekend or better yet plan a picnic! If you’re planning something at home, decorate the house with Happy Father’s Day banners in the main room. Decorate with stringing together tacky ties or some of Dad’s favorite spots team posters. Be sure to add some fun games to the party such as the Shaving Race – Pair up in teams. Give each team a can of whipping cream and a popsicle stick. Spray “DAD” with the whipping cream and shave off with the popsicle stick. First completed shave wins. You can also use balloons blown up to shave. Balloon Blast – divide the total number of people into two equal groups – Team Red and Team Blue. See to it that there should be equal number of fathers and kids in both the groups. Say, if Team Red has 5 fathers and 5 kids, then Team Blue should also have 5 fathers and 5 kids. Subsequently, place two sacks of inflated balloons about 30 yards away from the starting line. One of the sacks should contain red balloons and the other blue balloons. On the blow of a whistle, one participant from each team runs to the corresponding sack, takes out a balloon and tries to pop it by sitting on it. Once the balloon bursts, the player runs to the starting line and tags the next player in the group. Jumping on balloons or picking them is not allowed. The team which will burst all the balloons is the winner.
Remember to spoil Dad on June 19th this year & let him know you love & appreciate all he does for you!
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