Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Celebration of Fathers

Father's Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

Sonora Smart Dodd
Father's Day was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, born in Arkansas from Spokane, who was also the driving force behind its establishment. Its first celebration was in Spokane, Washington. United States on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. 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 pastors hadn't enough time to prepare their sermons, and 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, and it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane. In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane and 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 manufacturers 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 and 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, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. But the trade groups didn't give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and 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.

1913 photo Wilson addressing Congress
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 and 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 1911 Jane Addams proposed a city-wide Father's Day in Chicago, but she was turned down.

In 1912 there was a Father's Day celebration in Vancouver, Washington, suggested by methodist pastor J. J. Berringer of the Irvingtom methodist Church. They believed mistakenly that they had been the first to celebrate such a day. They followed a 1911 suggestion by the Portland Oregonian

Harry C. Meek, member of Lions Clubs International who helped to promote the holiday, claimed that he had first the idea for Father's Day in 1915. He claims that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday (it would have been more natural to choose his father's birthday). The Lions Club has named him "Originator of Father's Day".

United States
This year Father's Day is celebrated on June 17th 2012. In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and traditionally male-oriented gifts such as electronics and tools. Schools and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts.
More phone calls are made in the United States during Mother's Day than during Father's Day, but the percentage of collect calls on Father's Day is much higher, making it the busiest day of the year for collect calls.

Father's Day is accompanied by a smaller total number of phone calls, greeting cards and gifts than
Mother's Day. It is speculated that this is due to the greater number of households with a mother than households with a father (due to single mothers), to the greater role of mothers in housework, and to historical advantage - Mother's Day began in 1870 and became official in 1914 while Father's Day only became official in 1972.

In Canada, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday. Father's Day typically involves spending time with one's father or the father figures in one's life. Small celebrations and the giving of gifts may be part of the festivities organized for Father's Day.

José de San Martín
Father's Day in Argentina is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, but there have been several attempts to change the date to August 24, to commemorate the day on which the "Father of the Nation" José de San Martín became a father.
In 1953 the proposal to celebrate Father's Day in all educational establishments on August 24, in honor of José de San Martín, was raised to the General Direction of Schools of Mendoza Province. The day was celebrated for the first time in 1958, on the third Sunday of June, but it was not included in the school calendars due to pressure from several groups.
Schools in the Mendoza Province continued to celebrate Father's Day on August 24, and, in 1982, the Provincial Governor passed a law declaring Father's Day in the province to be celebrated on that day.
In 2004, several proposals to change the date to August 24 were presented to the Argentine Chamber of Deputies as a single, unified project. After being approved, the project was passed to the Senate of Argentina for final review and approval. The Senate changed the proposed new date to the third Sunday of August, and scheduled the project for approval. However, the project was never addressed during the Senate's planned session, which caused its ultimate failure.

northwest window in the sanctuary
at Grace Lutheran Church
In Germany, Father's Day (Vatertag) is celebrated differently from other parts of the world. It is always celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter), which is a federal holiday. Regionally, it is also called men's day, Männertag, or gentlemen's day, Herrentag. It is tradition for groups of males (young and old but usually excluding pre-teenage boys) to do a hiking tour with one or more smaller wagons, Bollerwagen, pulled by manpower. In the wagons are wine or beer (according to region) and traditional regional food, Hausmannskost. Many men use this holiday as an opportunity to get drunk.
These traditions are probably rooted in Christian Ascension Day's processions to the farmlands, some of which reportedly took on the character of drinking sprees as early as in the 17th century. Similar "gentlemen parties" have also taken place in the streets of urban areas, especially Berlin, since the 19th century. However, many fathers opt to spend the day with their families instead and refrain from getting drunk. Many people will take the following Friday off at work, and some schools are closed on that Friday as well; many people then use the resulting four-day long weekend for a short vacation.

Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
In Thailand, Father's Day is set as the birthday of the king. December 5 is the birthday of the current king, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX). Traditionally, Thais celebrate by giving their father or grandfather a Canna flower (ดอกพุทธรักษา Dok Buddha Ruksa), which is considered a masculine flower; however, this is not as commonly practiced today. Thai people will wear yellow on this day to show respect for the king, because yellow is the Color of the day for Monday, the day King Bhumibol Adulyadej was born. In 2007, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was seen leaving the hospital wearing a baby pink blazer. Today, Thais wear pink instead of the yellow.
It first gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s as part of a campaign by Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda to promote Thailand's royal family. Mother's Day is celebrated on the birthday of Queen Sirikit, August 12.

Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June and is not a public holiday in the following countries : United Kingdom, Aruba, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Singapore.

Roman Catholic tradition
In the Roman Catholic tradition, Fathers are celebrated on Saint Joseph's Day, commonly called Feast of Saint Joseph, March 19, though in certain countries Father's Day has become a secular celebration. It is also common for Catholics to honor their "spiritual father," their parish priest, on Father's Day

  In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are fathers.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June Crafts

June Crafts

Printables For Kids

Word Search

Father's Day 1         Father's Day 2         Father's Day 3

Coloring Pages

Father's Day

Bear with sign       Bird with sign       Hanging Ties      Flower


Angry Birds         Donald Duck       Tinkerbell       Swimming Pool

Transfer your photo to wood


June Recipes

june recipes

Hot Dog & Burger Toppings

Clockwise, from top:

1. A slice of Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, sliced tomato, fried egg and baby spinach leaves

2. Macaroni and cheese

3. A slice of American cheese, shredded barbecue pork and pickle slices

4. Barbecue sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, cooked applewood bacon and chopped onion

5. Coleslaw and chopped green onions tossed with Asian toasted sesame salad dressing

6. Chopped cucumber mixed with sour cream and dill weed

Clockwise, from top:

7. Warmed marinara, fresh mozzarella cheese slices and fresh basil

8. Guacamole, red onion slices and cooked bacon

9. Dill pickle spears, chopped onion and tomato, and a dash of celery salt

10. Buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese

11. Baked beans and coleslaw

12. Crushed barbecue potato chips and Monterey Jack cheese



Campfire Recipes

Breakfast Eggs in Foil Bowls

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 4 brown-and-serve sausage links, chopped
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  •  2 green onions, chopped


 Prepare grill for indirect medium heat.

 In a small bowl, whisk the first five ingredients. Pour into three 4-1/2-in. disposable foil tart pans coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheese, green pepper, sausage, bacon and onions.

 Cover each pan with foil. Grill, covered, for 20-22 minutes or until eggs are completely set.

Yield: 3 servings.


Individual Campfire Stew 

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs 
  • 1/4 cup ketchup 
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt 
  • 1 pound lean ground beef  
  •  2 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed
  •  1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup condensed cream of chicken soup 
  • 1/4 cup milk 


Prepare grill for indirect heat. In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties. Place each patty on a greased double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square); sprinkle each with potatoes and carrots.

Combine soup and milk; spoon over meat and vegetables. Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 25-30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape.
Yield: 4 servings.

Hot Quick Banana Boats

  • 4 large unpeeled bananas
  • 8 teaspoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 teaspoons trail mix
  • 1/4 cup miniature marshmallows


Place each banana on a 12-in. square of foil; crimp and shape foil around bananas so they sit flat.

Cut each banana lengthwise about 1/2 in. deep, leaving 1/2 in. uncut at both ends. Gently pull each banana peel open, forming a pocket. Fill pockets with chocolate chips, trail mix and marshmallows.

Grill bananas, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until marshmallows are melted and golden brown.
Yield: 4 servings. ... Label the things you love !!

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