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Aligned Signs Blog - Astrology, Dating, Horoscope, Love

Brush Up On Your Father's Day Facts

Brush Up On Your Father's Day Facts

By Aligned Signs (631 words)
Posted in Positive Thinking on June 17, 2016

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By now, you should know that Father's Day is this Sunday, and we hope you've got the day all planned out for him. You may think that your dad doesn't care about the holiday, but deep down he does. Make sure you let him know how loved and appreciated he is. And for all the procrastinators out there, try ordering some of these gifts ASAP.

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Given that you'll probably be spending quite some time with family this weekend, we thought we'd share some interesting facts about Father's Day that you can share with your family over lunch/dinner. Say goodbye to awkward family conversation and hello to the history of Father's Day!

1. Sonora Smart Dodd

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Sonora Smart Dodd is the mother of Father's Day. She was in church one day and thought about how grateful she was of her father who raised her after her mother died in childbirth. Dodd wanted a holiday that would mirror Mother's Day but be celebrated in June -- her dad's birthday month. The holiday didn't gain national-event status until 1924 when President Coolidge said it would "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children" and "impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations," according to the Library of Congress Wise Guide. It didn't become a federal holiday until 1972 under President Nixon.

2. Dad Facts

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Of all the father's in the world, around two million are single. Census data shows that there are more than 70.1 million fathers in the U.S., with a third of them married with kids under age 18. The U.S. Census Bureau also estimated that in 2015, there were 199,000 stay-at-home dads.

3. Spending on Dad

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The National Retail Federation expects spending on Father's Day to reach $14.3 billion, the highest in the survey's 13-year history. However, the amount spent on fathers is still below the $21.4 billion we spent on our mothers. Consumers are expected to spend an average $125.92 for this upcoming Father's Day, up from last year’s $115.57. 

4. Greeting Cards

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According to the Greeting Card Association, Father's Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion with 74 million cards given every year. 50% of cards purchased are for fathers, and nearly 20% are for husbands. Humor cards account for about 25% of Father’s Day sales.

5. Roses

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Roses are the official flower for Father's Day. Wearing a red rose signifies a living father, while a white one represents a deceased father.

6. Father's Day Around the World

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In most countries around the world like the UK, India, Canada, China, France, Greece, Japan and Hong Kong, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June. In Thailand, Father's Day is celebrated in December on the birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and everyone wears yellow. In Germany, fathers may find themselves drinking all day in beer gardens.

 

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