Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Celebrate Father's Day And Show Him Your Appreciation!

Father's Day is a celebration honoring Father's and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It originated in the United States in 1910, a few years after the country began celebrating Mother’s Day. Father’s Day became an official U.S. holiday in 1972. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, fathers all across the United States are given presents, treated to dinner or otherwise made to feel special.

The strongest promoter of the holiday was Sonora Louise Smart of Spokane, Washington. She thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909.
Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. In 1909, Sonora approached her own minister and others in Spokane about having a church service dedicated to fathers on June 5, her father's birthday. That date was too soon for her minister to prepare the service, so he spoke a few weeks later on June 19th. From then on, the state of Washington celebrated the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Children made special desserts, or visited their fathers if they lived apart.

Here are some ideas to make Father's Day extra special:
~Make him breakfast in bed
~Make him a handwritten card expressing what you love most about him (these are the best)
~Buy him a gift he's been talking about forever but too selfless to purchase on his own
~Do an activity that Dad loves even if you normally would not include yourself
~Make a scrapbook with photos and phrases of special times he encouraged you and made a difference
~Enlarge a special photo and frame it
~Make him his favorite meal for dinner or take him out to his favorite restaurant
~Give him an invitation for another day out together, just the two of you (after all, spending time together is what he really wants)

Make Your Dad feel extra special. Show him your appreciation for all he does and has done in the previous years.  

In honor of our Dad's here at Sure Fit we are having a 20% off Sale on select items we thought Dad would love and also a "Brag about Dad" contest on Facebook where you have the opportunity to win a Recliner Cover, Grill Cover or Car Cover. Just tell us on our wall, Why Dad Is The best!  

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