Father’s Day

Father’s Day is what my kids call a "Hallmark Holiday", meaning that it’s just an excuse to sell greeting cards.  But the truth is that the idea of a day for dads has been around since long before there were greeting cards.  Like Mother’s Day, which came first by the way, Father’s Day is celebrated in most civilized countries.  The dates vary, from March 19 in Bolivia, Honduras, Italy, Liechtenstein, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland to the second Sunday in November in Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.  (I’ll bet those dads in Finland, Norway, and Sweden get mighty cold barbecuing in November.)

In the United States, the celebration of Father’s Day goes all the way back to the mid 1800s.  In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge suggested that the day be made an official holiday.  While it’s been celebrated since that time, it wasn’t officially declared a national holiday until 1972 by President Richard Nixon.   

Some interesting Father’s Day facts: 

  • According to Hallmark, it’s the fourth biggest card-sending day of the year.
  • According to AT&T, Mother’s Day is the biggest long-distance calling day of the year, but Father’s Day is the number one day for collect long distance calls.
  • According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $9.9 billion on Father’s Day in 2007.

For all of you who are dads, and for all of you who perform the duties of dads, all of here at Tacony Corporation hope you have the best Father’s Day ever.  For all of you who have dads, don’t forget him this weekend, even if you have to make a collect call.

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