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Father’s Day originated in 1909 when a woman named Sonora Dodd came up with the idea. Mrs. Dodd’s father, William Jackson Smart, had raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at a church near her family’s home in eastern Washington State, Mrs. Dodd thought about the sacrifices her father had made for his children and the fine job he had done in raising them.

Because her father had been born in June, she decided to encourage the churches in her area to honor fathers in June. Through her efforts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington, in June 1910.

Fathers Day Trophy

Although Congress passed several resolutions over the years in support of Father’s Day, it did not become an official U.S. holiday until 1972, when then-President Nixon issued a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in the United States.

There are all kinds of cute ideas to honor Dad on Father’s Day. There is a cute trophy that can be made from Styrofoam cups. A decoration with lots of little rocks spelling out “DAD ROCKS” by Crafts by Amanda is really cute too. Any card homemade or bought lets us tell Dad that we think of them and they mean a lot to us.

There is nothing like serving Dad a special lunch or dinner by spreading out a nice table cloth, setting up the table in his honor, and serving dad something he really loves.

vinyl round tablecloth

DAD can reciprocate by being the best DAD. What children love is time and undivided attention. Special time spent bike riding or hiking together can be remembered for years to come. Think of something you both enjoy and make it a great day together.

 

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Father’s Day is approaching and here are some great ways to honor him on that special day:

They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That being said, plan a nice dinner in honor of Fathers Day. Add something nice to your table linens such as a gingham cloth tablecloth and matching cloth napkins, or a bandana style tablecloth, napkins or placemats.

cloth napkins

Add some new handkerchiefs to his collection-choose from gingham, bandana, golf, new camo and many other styles that he will love.

Black Gingham Handkerchief

Give him a nice meaningful card he’ll treasure.

 

Best of all read him some Father’s Day quotes and reaffirm how special he is to you and your family:

Fathers Day Quotes:

I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.-Gordon Brown

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.-Jim Valvano

Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.-Al Unser

I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.-Sidney Poitier

Being a father helps me be more responsible… you see more things than you’ve ever seen.-Kid Rock

I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son, father and friend.-Dante Hall

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.-Anne Sexton

Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist.-Olive Schreiner

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.-George Herbert

To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.-Wendell Phillips

-Let us know if you have other good ideas and how you will celebrate Fathers Day!

 

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