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It’s Dad’s Big Day

Dads get one day a year to be celebrated. But as you will soon learn Father’s Day is kind of new on the scene. Mother’s Day came first.

Maybe it was out of guilt or a sense of fairness that Father’s Day was invented. Most dads prefer to celebrate the day by being with their family and not wanting much of a fuss. In fact most dads prefer to do their own cooking on Father’s Day

We are easy to shop for

It’s pretty easy to shop for dads. Most dads have a hobby whether it is golf or fishing or working around the yard. Dads have something they enjoy doing that might require new equipment. If dad is a golfer there’s always a new gadget that dad might not have in his bag. If dad is a fisherman perhaps there is a new rod or reel or fishing attire that he doesn’t have yet. If dad is into doing yardwork or just fiddling around in the garage or the shed there is always a new tool or gadget for him to get excited about.

No ties please!

No dad has ever asked for a brand new tie, ever! If dad needs a tie he’ll probably pick one up or if dad is married his wife will do it for him. These days fewer and fewer of us are wearing ties so they’ll probably just hang out in the closet and never be worn.

Dads like breakfast

If you really want to take care of dad, you can always cook him breakfast or take them to his favorite greasy diner. Nothing fancy, brunch is not necessary just a place where he can get eggs and some sort of meat and toast and potato.

Father’s Day is on Sunday. Here are nine things you may not have known about the holiday and DAD CULTURE


  • 1. It's written as Father's Day . . . with the apostrophe after the "R".

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    The holiday’s creator wanted it to be Fathers’ Day with the apostrophe after the “S” . . . but Congress put the apostrophe after the “R” when they established it as an official holiday. (It also aligns with Mother’s Day this way.)

  • 2. It was first proposed by a woman.

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    A woman from Washington state named Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to create a Mother’s Day for dads.  And because of her, Washington held the first Father’s Day on July 19th, 1910.

  • 3. It didn't become an official holiday until 1972.

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     President Nixon was the one who officially declared it a holiday.  Mother’s Day, on the other hand, was made official in 1914.

  • 4. Father's Day is typically the fourth-most popular holiday for greeting cards

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     It’s way behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day, and slightly ahead of Flag Day.

  • 5. The official flower of Father's Day is the rose.

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    And a red rose is supposed to signify that your father is living, while a white rose means he’s passed away. If you plan on buying dad roses, make it red and maybe just one will do.

  • 6. Ties might date back to 221 B.C



    When China’s first emperor and his terracotta army were discovered, each sculpture was wearing a necktie. If your dad is still in a job that requires a tie, he probably has enough so I wouldn’t worry about getting him another.

  • 7. Only about 50% of all Father's Day cards are purchased for people's DADS.



    Nearly 15% of Father’s Day cards are purchased for husbands.  Other recipients include grandfathers, sons, brothers, and uncles.

  • 8. Americans are expected to spend a record $22.9 billion on Father's Day this year.

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    That’s more than DOUBLE what we spent just 12 years ago.  But that’s still LESS than Mother’s Day, when we spent an estimated $35.7 billion.

  • 9. Dads overwhelmingly view being a parent as an important aspect of their personal identity.

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    85% of fathers with children under 18 say being a parent is the most or one of the most important aspects of who they are as a person.

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