It's that time of year again, another marketer's dream where Shrewsbury's wonderful shops are full of cards and specifically themed things to send to someone special, and this time round... it's for Fathers Day.
Once again, here at thebestof Shrewsbury we have been on a fact-finding mission. So, why exactly do we celebrate Father's Day? (Not that we need a reason to hail our dads.) Here are some of the gems we have unearthed for you:
Father's Day is a celebration of fathers that started in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.
Credit for what we now recognise as the official Father's Day goes to Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Arkansas, who invented her own celebration of Father's Day in 1910. Its first celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 19th 1910.
Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane.
Although she initially suggested June 5th, her father's birthday, she did not provide the organisers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialised. (Well... they were kind of right....)
US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognise the holiday had been defeated by Congress.
In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honouring mothers, thus singling out just one of our two parents.
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19th for men and boys who are fathers. (That's a lot of cards and socks to buy!)
I personally choose not to buy my Dad socks; he is getting on in years and in my opinion he prefers to have memories. So I choose to take him out and do stuff with him to thank him for all the things he does for me every day. Although, I am also buying him a world's best dad mug with his own cupcake inside courtesy of Designa Cake and Cupcake Cafe.
Whatever you get up to, I'm sure most people are thanking their dad anyway - the best man in the world.
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