Saturday, June 15, 2013

History of Father's Day + Coupons!!!

Here is a little history on Father's Day, in case you didn't know. 

Father's Day was inaugurated in the US in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood & male parenting. 

After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother's Day in the US, some wanted to create similar holidays for other family members, & Father's Day was the choice most likely to succeed. There were other persons in the US who independently thought of "Father's Day", but the credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd, who was the driving force behind its establishment. 

Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. although she initially suggested June 5, her father's birthday, & the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. 

It did not have much success initially. In the 1920s, Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was studying in the Art Institute of Chicago, & it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane. In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane & started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level. She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufactures of ties, tobacco pipes, & and any traditional present to fathers. Since 1938 she had the help of the Father's Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers to consolidate & systematize the commercial promotion. Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother's Day, & newspapers frequently featured cynical & sarcastic attacks & jokes. But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it & even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, & they eventually succeeded. By the mid 1980s the Father's Council wrote that "Father's Day has become a 'Second Christmas' for all the men's gift-oriented industries.."

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father's Day celebration & wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation. Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress. In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus "singling out just one of our two parents" in 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. 

In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men & boys who are not fathers. 

Father's Day is literally right around the corner! Are you ready???
Now that you've got the history on Father's Day, here are some coupons that could help you with that gift you're trying to get the lucky man in your life. 

$50.00 off Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D razor  $20.00 off Philips Norelco SensoTouch 2D razor
$5.00 off Philips Norelco Razor, Replacement Head  $2.00 off Any Tim McGraw Fragrance Purchase

Get him his favorite magazine or a new movie!!! 

$1.00 off your favorite magazine  
 $2.00 off Hero, Swingers or Hostage on Blu-ray  $2.00 off Cleopatra 50th Anniversary on Blu-ray  $2.00 off Brubaker on Blu-ray  $3.00 off The Lost Medallion DVD or Combo Pack
$5.00 off Parental Guidance on DVD or Blu-ray  $5.00 off Stand Up Guys on DVD or Blu-ray

Or make Dad a special Father's Day Cake! 

$0.75 off 2 Betty Crocker Frosting and cake mix $2.00 off any ONE (1) Mars Ice Cream  

* Thanks Wikipedia for the history. For more, click here