Life Holidays Father's
Day - Cards & History
For thousands of years...
a chance to connect and say thanks
|Cover: Fatherhood is an adventure that takes you places you
never knew existed and provides you some of life's greatest
Inside: May Father's Day be filled with new meaning
for you now that you're a dad-to-be, and may your life
be filled with the warmth, the love, and the lasting
joys that fatherhood can bring.
The men in our lives...they are always there,
in the background with a shoulder to lean on and a steady love that is too often taken
for granted. Once each year, on the third Sunday in June, there is a chance to remind fathers,
and the men who step in when fathers are not available, that all of their quiet efforts are appreciated.
Father's Day is June 15, 2008.
grandchildren, girlfriends and wives will take this one-day opportunity
to put in writing how much they love and appreciate the men in
their lives and to say thanks for all they have done.
more than 70 percent of Americans planned to celebrate or acknowledge
Father’s Day (Source: National Retail Federation). Father's
Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with early 95
million Father's Day cards expected to be given this year
just in the United States...and that doesn't include e-cards!
Half of the
Father's Day greeting go to dads of all ages and nearly 20
percent are given to husbands, but the celebration of gratitude
and love doesn't stop there. Many people also remember their grandfathers,
sons, brothers, uncles, and men who are not related but have earned
the right to be called 'someone special'.
stepfathers, fathers-to-be and more all have a day to stand in
the spotlight – Father’s Day. As “nontraditional” family structures
become more common, any nurturing man – a “big brother,” a brother-in-law,
an uncle, a neighbor or perhaps another special man who is “like
a father” – is likely to be honored on Father’s Day. In addition
to cards and gifts, Father’s Day celebrations often include telephone
calls, family meals and gatherings, special activities and e-cards.
the giant in the greeting card industry, says that Father's Day
greetings have changed through the years. Their research has uncovered
some modern trends...
styles on Hallmark Father's Day cards are changing as attitudes
change. Increasingly people are seeking more direct, more personal
and more real life ways of expressing thanks, appreciation
and love for fathers and other nurturing men in their lives.
Father's Day is the one day when people feel free to tell
dads how much they mean to them.
is more comfortable to make Dad laugh, than cry humor
typically has been a safe emotion to share at Father's
typically has been the universal language when it comes to dad
the guy who always teased, cracked a joke, found lots
of ways to make us laugh, and never passed up an opportunity
to embarrass us in front of friends. Humor cards will continue
to be strong, sometimes given along with a serious
Day is a natural opportunity to improve a relationship, reconnect,
or connect with a father for the first time. Through maturity
and experience people begin to recognize their parents'
mortality and come to appreciate how fortunate they are to have
model the behavior that they hope their own children will copy.
Parents recognize the importance and value of their fathers
having a relationship with their own children. As they move
into the young/middle parents life stage, they understand how
challenging being a parent can be. That alters feelings about
their own dads and intensifies the desire to celebrate him on
DAY HISTORY & FATHER'S DAY FUN FACTS
You may think
that Father's Day is a modern invention, but the truth is that
a Babylonian youth named Elmesu carved the first known Father's
Day card in clay nearly 4,000 years ago. His special message wished
his father good health and a long life. Fortunately, modern cards
are a bit easier to fit in the mail box!
and William Jackson Smart of Spokane, Washington were the inspiration
for an official day to celebrate Father’s Day in the United States.
was a widower who raised his six children after his wife died
giving birth to the youngest. He was a single parent for 21 years.
This may not seem amazing in the 21st century, but in the 1800s
it was unheard of for a man to raise children alone...and even
today being a single parent of six young children is heroic!
Mrs. Sonora Smart-Dodd (Mrs. John Bruce Dodd), got the idea for
Father’s Day in 1909 while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon
at her church. She encouraged local churches to institute a Father's
Day observance the following year on a Sunday in June, the month
of her father’s birthday. Through her efforts, interest in the
celebration of Father’s Day grew and spread to other cities, states
and countries. She also encouraged wearing roses on Father's Day
in honor of fathers. A red rose was worn for fathers who were
still living and a white rose honored fathers who had died.
resolutions proclaiming a national Father’s Day in the United
States were introduced through the years. President Lyndon B.
Johnson recognized the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day with
a presidential proclamation in 1966, but the holiday was not really
made permanent until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed
a presidential resolution that made the third Sunday in June oficially
Father’s Day in the United States. Many other countries worldwide celebrate Father's Day on other dates.