Every June we get to celebrate Dads! Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and the influence of fathers in society and is held on the third Sunday in June. In Europe, it has been celebrated since the Middle Ages and was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date. A Spokane, Washington woman started a celebration in honor of her Father in 1910 and she encouraged locals to do the same including her local church. Sermons honoring Father’s began but for the most part the idea did not spread throughout the US. A bill for national recognition was proposed in 1913 but it wasn’t signed into law until 1972 when Richard Nixon made Father’s Day a permanent national holiday (wikipedia.com).
This day is for him to do as he wishes ~ bowling, golf, playing games with the family, taking a long nap, watching a movie, going out to eat or so many other activities! Whatever it may be, the family’s job is to ensure he has a special day! Here are some ideas for ways to do just that!
Make Dad breakfast in bed! Make his favorite breakfast and take it to him in his room. Pamper Dad throughout the Day and make him feel as special as he is.
Create a photo collage/album! Surprise Dad with a photo collage! Ideas include, glueing photos on construction paper and have the kids personalize then place in a photo album. Print a photo, glue to a pot and place a flower in it.
It’s Sheer Poetry! Write or type a poem for your dad, and have it framed or laminated. If you are not confident in your poetry writing skills, you can use this poem by Helen Bush:
“Walk alongside me Daddy, and hold my hand. I have so many things to learn that I don’t yet understand. Teach me things to keep me safe from dangers every day. Show me how to do my best, at home , at school , at play. Every child needs a gentle hand to guide them as they grow. So walk alongside me Daddy. We have a long way to go.”
Craft a handprint/footprint gift! Make adorable hand print or foot print gifts on canvas, construction paper or clay for Dad. These gifts stand the test of time and make great house decorations.
Have Family Fun Time! Take a hike or bike ride, visit a local park, play games in the yard. Go to a swimming pool, golf, bowl or fish. Many local businesses offer specials for dads on Father’s day. Some family fun ideas where Dads are likely to be free or discounted are: Andretti Race, Lanier Islands, LegoLand, Atlanta History Center, Six Flags Over Georgia and more. Check their websites to see what they offer!