Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, and honours fathers and father figures in society. It first began in 1910, to complement Mother’s Day celebrations. The first Father’s Day was in Spokane, Washington in the US. Sonora Smart Dodd’s father was a single parent who raised her and her five brothers and sisters. Having heard about Mother’s Day, Sonora spoke to her pastor about there also being a Fathers’ Day. Originally she suggested it be held on 5th June, her father’s birthday, but that didn’t allow the pastors enough time to prepare for the day, so they went for the third Sunday in June.
For many years, Dodd promoted Father’s Day with little success. The holiday didn’t gain popularity until she got the support of trade groups such as the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers, who founded the Father’s Day Council. Although it was resisted for a long while, by the 1980s the holiday was just as widespread as Mother’s Day. These days Father’s Day is celebrated in countries all over the world.
And rightly so! As with Sonora Smart Dodd, there are millions of us out there who love our dads and want to spend a day thanking him for being awesome. We all buy flowers and go out for dinner on Mother’s Day; why shouldn’t our dads get some of the love too? A lot of dads probably wouldn’t be so keen on a bunch of flowers though; they’d probably rather have a trip to the pub and a pair of socks!
We don’t know about you, but we’ve found that all dads need socks. They don’t seem to buy them for themselves, and rely on birthdays, Christmas and Father’s Day to allow them to get rid of the odd pairs filled with holes that have been shrunk in the wash. It is our duty as sons and daughters to replenish our fathers’ sock drawers! Whether you go for a plain ribbed wool sock, luxury cashmere or brightly patterned socks, they’re always a welcome gift.
If your dad has big feet, he has probably also spent most of his life searching for a pair of shoes that fits him well. Why not treat him to a quality pair of shoes to go with those socks? Or perhaps a shoe care kit, or some luxury large shoe size insoles.
Dads are important to us. They take us to the park, teach us to drive, shout “not while you’re living under my roof, you don’t!” and we love them for it, don’t we? The third Sunday in June is our chance to show them just what they mean to us.