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Happy Father's Day ! Vive les Papas!

We can’t believe it’s Father’s Day weekend already! Where did the time go since we celebrated Mothers’ Day?

 

We hope you had a wonderful Spring and are ready to take on summer! What better way to open beach season than with a nice barbecue with dad, or, if you’re indoors, a nice homemade brunch prepared by your little ones?

 

This Sunday will be a wonderful opportunity to honor the men in our lives, and the significant other who stays by our side while we do all the work makes raising children so much fulfilling and fun! Send your hug-squad to cuddle daddy in sweet Petidoux pajamas on Sunday morning, and you are sure to be rewarded with love and gratitude - and, who knows, a little more help around the house for at least day or two?

 

Contrary to Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ day is held on the same day in France and the United States, so our celebrations will be in sync this time!

 

Like its counterpart Mothers’ Day, the modern, secular version of Father’s Day was originated in the United States in the early 20th century. While some catholic European countries such as Spain and Portugal, and most Latin American countries, have been celebrating fathers on Saint Joseph’s Day (March 19) since the Middle Ages, most Western countries now follow the American example.

 

Father’s Day took a little longer to be officially established than Mother’s Day however.

 

In 1910, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by her widowed father, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She was successful and Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread, and in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.

 

Many men, however, continued to shun the idea, which they saw as an attempt to domesticate manliness, while deriding the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick.

 

During the 1920s and 1930s, a movement arose to eliminate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day in favor of a single holiday, Parents’ Day. Paradoxically, however, the Great Depression contributed to reviving Father’s Day, with struggling retailers and advertisers redoubling their efforts to promote the holiday and sell goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods.

 

When World War II began, advertisers began to argue that celebrating Father’s Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day had become a national institution, and in 1972, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last. Today, it is estimated that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

 

Whatever you do, be sure to make that day an extra-special one, and we’ll be thinking of you while we hug our favorite dads!

 

Enjoy, and may your summer be as sunny and full of laughter as you wish it to be!


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