In March I wrote a super successful post about the history and origin of St. Patrick’s day. I wanted to research it because honestly I didn’t know anything about it yet I was dressing Morgan in green head to toe! That post ended up launching a series of posts after I received multiple recommendations to create a post for each upcoming holiday. I will have to explain each holiday to Morgan anyway and what a better way than to actually learn the facts behind them. You can read all of the past posts below:
- The Spirit Of St. Patrick’s Day
- The Meaning Of Easter
- The Importance Of Mother’s Day
- The Importance Of Memorial Day
I learned so much from doing these posts, and I found that I really enjoyed researching and writing them. Today I will be sharing with you How To Explain The Importance Of Father’s Day To Your Toddler. I was extremely fascinated by the dark history of Mother’s Day so I was super excited to begin researching it’s counterpart.
Here are the top 7 things that I have learned about the importance of Father’s Day that I will use to explain it to my little Morgan. Thank you so much to my wonderful friend Google as always for steering me in so many interesting directions while researching this history.
- Father’s Day which honors fathers, fatherhood and their influence in society has been celebrated in Catholic Europe on March 19th since the Middle Ages. It is known as St. Joseph’s Day.
- Here in America, similar to Mother’s Day in which Anna Jarvis in 1908 wanted to create a day honoring her mother; in 1909 Father’s Day also began with a young woman wanting to honor someone special; her father.
- Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of Father’s Day. Her father was a Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, who was a single parent that raised six children. In May of 1909 just a year after the creation of Mother’s Day, Sonora sat in church listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. Her idea to create Father’s Day stemmed from that sermon.
- The first Father’s Day occurred on June 19, 1910 in the Spokane, Washington YMCA.
- It was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.
- Two U.S. Presidents took part in creating the Father’s Day we celebrate today. President Lyndon Johnson was the one that proclaimed Father’s Day to be an official national holiday. President Richard Nixon signed into law a permanent U.S. Father’s Day for the third Sunday in June.
- Today we celebrate Father’s Day worldwide. It’s intent is to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children.
I feel much better knowing the history of this meaningful celebration. Although I was surprised that it became a national holiday so long after Mother’s Day. It was also intriguing that St. Joseph’s Day honoring fatherhood has been around since the Middle Ages in Europe. That’s a fascinating tidbit.
I hope you enjoyed learning about How To Explain The Importance Of Father’s Day To Your Toddler. It really is an interesting and important history.
Thank you for reading!