Father’s Day – June 17, 2012

Father’s Day is just a couple of days away! Here is some history of this holiday that honors our Dads, Grandads, and those men in our lives who we look up to for their influence, love, and support!

Father’s Day was created as a complement to Mother’s Day. It was, however, not signed as an official United States holiday until President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. It had, however, been unofficially celebrated for about 50 years prior to that, starting in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd wished to recognize her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, who was a single parent raising six children in a time where Mother’s were normally the center of the household.

Father’s Day, although just as important as Mother’s Day, is usually marked with far fewer purchases of both gifts and greeting cards than with its sister holiday. Father’s Day gifts usually run towards neckties, socks, and sometimes electronics and DVDs. Many Dad’s use the day to get in a round of golf or some fishing, enjoying the sunshine and the outdoors, caring less about the gift giving and more about the quiet time.

Click below for a list of books that you can share with your Father or Grandfather this year!

Father’s Day Book List

“Fathers are the geniuses of the house because only a person as intelligent as we could fake such stupidity.” ~ Bill Cosby

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