It’s time to start getting creative to mark a very special day in the calendar! Fathers’ Day is just weeks away – Sunday 15th June. Card Making enthusiasts are already planning how to make their Father feel very special by the giving of a personalised Greeting Card – a card made from the heart using fabulous papers and embellishments.
But what’s the history of Fathers’ Day and how popular and event is it?
There are a number of events that have been credited with rallying the need to celebrate Fathers’ day. These include the celebration of Fathers at a special church service following a mining disaster in 1907. An explosion in a mine in the United States killed over 360 men, many were fathers; the nearby church marked this occasion with a celebration of fathers’ on July 5, 1908 in West Virginia. It is thought that the pastor was inspired by this terrible tragedy.
By far the most credited with inspiring Fathers’ Day is Mrs Sonara Smart Dodd from Washington. Her father, a Civil War Veteran was a single parent and raised his family of six children in Spokane Washington. Sonara Smart Dodd gained her inspiration whilst listening to a mothers’ day sermon in 1909 – so inspired was she that she proposed a similar day to celebrate Fathers’.
In her eyes, her own father had made tremendous sacrifices following the death of his wife, in childbirth. He was a loving and courageous man and she wanted the world to know what an exceptional man he had been. The first Fathers Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.
A movement had started but it was not until 1956 that Fathers’ Day was recognized by a joint resolution of Congress and it was until 1972 that President Nixon set in stone the national observance of Fathers’ Day, to be held on the third Sunday of June.
In the UK, Fathers’ Day has grown tremendously in popularity and has a growing imapct on retail sales during June, particularly with Greeting Cards. There is not only a huge growth in shop bought cards but in card making.
One company that has recently set up to offer products for card making is www.starblaze.co.uk It has a wide selection of inspirational card blanks and papers that are perfect for Fathers’ Day. Here you’ll also find embellishments for card making. Starblaze is just one of a number of companies providing a range of products to mark Fathers’ Day.
So come on sons and daughters - make June 15 a special day – show your father just how special he is!