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3 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT FATHER’S DAY
A new celebration
Unlike Mother’s day, Father’s Day is a relatively new celebration. It originated back in June 1910 in the USA, and we Briton’s soon cottoned on.
It’s all thanks to Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Washington. During a Mother’s Day sermon at her church in 1909 , she asked herself why there was special day for all mothers but not fathers.
Her own mother had died when she was young and she felt strongly for fathers due to her love and affection for her own. A civil war veteran, Mr Jackson Smart had single-handedly raised a newborn and 5 other children since his wife’s passing with the same love and care.
Sorona admired him greatly and felt he deserved the same, if not more recognition.
Inspired by Mother’s day, she then began a strenuous campaign to promote Father’s day and, despite initial hesitation, it soon caught on.
Eventually, landing on British soil, we began celebrating it too and it was officially approved in 1916.
To this day, and on this day, globally, children give cards and gifts to their dad’s, uncle’s, grandfather’s… etc.
And, if you’re feeling a change from conventional gifts, take a look at our kilt pin and cufflink collection!
And now, keeping up with our own tradition at HSDJ, have a read at the facts, all three of them.
INTERESTING FACT NUMBER ONE
Although usually associated with Valentine’s, roses are actually the traditional flower of father’s day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while wearing a white one signifies a father who’s deceased.
INTERESTING FACT NUMBER TWO
A.A. Milne created Winnie the Pooh for his son, Christopher Robin. Pooh was based on Robin’s teddy bear, Edward, a gift Christopher had received for his first birthday, and on their father/son visits to the London Zoo, where the bear named Winnie was Christopher’s favourite.
INTERESTING FACT NUMBER THREE
Mark Twain famously said “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
Happy Father’s Day.
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Written and researched by Hazel Martin for Helly and Haz of Helen Swan Designer Jewellery