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With Father´s Day coming soon I thought you might enjoy learning a bit about how this holiday actually got its start. Ok, some people think that Father´s Day was invented as an afterthought to Mother's Day! You know, everyone felt sorry for dads since moms had their special day in May, so along came Father´s Day in June! Not true!

The creation of a national day for Dads began back in the 1900s and owes its start to a young widower by the name of William Smart. A civil war veteran, William raised his six children single-handedly on a rural farm in eastern Washington State. When Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, one of Mr. Smart´s children, was grown she wanted to show her appreciation for her father. So, in 1909, she proposed a day to honor her father in June, the month of her father´s birth (see, it wasn´t an afterthought to Mother´s Day!).

The very first Father´s Day followed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge showed support of this becoming a national holiday. But it was President Lyndon Johnson who actually proclaimed it a national holiday in 1966, to be celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June.

In case you´re wondering what to do for your dad this year, (or you need some ideas to suggest to your own kids) here are a few things that are guaranteed to please!
  a blue checkmark Tickets to his favorite sports event.
  a blue checkmark Take your dad to the amusement park.
  a blue checkmark Have a picnic! For families with young children, this is a perfect Father's Day activity.
  a blue checkmark Dig out all the home movies and watch them with the family. Thank him for all those special childhood memories.
  a blue checkmark Dinner coupons and movie tickets for a "Guys´ Night Out."
  a blue checkmark A gift certificate to his favorite hardware store (think power tools).
  a blue checkmark Make him breakfast in bed. Load up on ham and cheese croissants or assorted pastries from your local bakery. Five minutes in the oven and, voilà, instant feast.
  a blue checkmark A family-created coupon book of honey-do´s in reverse! Here´s how it works - coupons are redeemed by family members who will take out the trash, mow the lawn, provide a massage, wash the car - throughout the year! It´s the gift that keeps on giving!
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