Will You Be Celebrating Father’s Day?Written by simplymaternity on Wednesday 15th of June 2011
This Sunday 19th June, sees one of the most significant days in the life of most children – Fathers Day. All the children from the Simply Maternity team are rushing out buying extra glitter to make cards and the mums are rushing out to buy plaster of paris for their home made framed footprints (don’t ask, it’s not going to be pretty!) but there is always a quandary when you are expecting a baby around this time, do you celebrate or don’t you?
Celebrating a baby before it is born has always been a touchy subject in this country. While some people kit out their full nursery the day they have a positive pregnancy test there is another line of thought which says you shouldn’t buy so much as a babygrow until after your baby is born. While this might be ideal, it is not very practical and I don’t know what the midwife would think when you turned up at hospital without so much as a nappy to put your baby in. But where does that leave us with Father’s Day?
Father’s Day was first observed in 1908 when Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton wanted to remember the 210 fathers who has lost their lives in the Monongah Mining disaster earlier in the year. However the tradition was not continued and now the origins of Fathers Day are actually attributed to Sonora Dodd who started an independent celebration only two years later. Though the tradition was maintained, it wasn’t until President Nixon signed it into law in 1972 that it became internationally recognised as the third Sunday in June.
But Fathers Day has no historical or religious foundation, it is simply an event led by the commercial world to encourage spending. In fact there is a National Council in the US whose sole focus is to market Fathers Day in order to boost commercial activity. But even if Fathers Day does only exist in card shops it is a great way to recognise your Dad for the true wonders he brings into your life. My children love Fathers Day as a special day to honour their Father and show him what they truly mean to them and there is nothing like the first Fathers Day to celebrate the change in a mans role when he becomes a father for the first time.
So here at Simply Maternity we say do what makes you happy this Fathers Day and think what would bring joy to your baby’s dad on such a special day. It is a great way to honour the support they provide you through pregnancy and a great way to give back some of the time and attention which can be taken away from the man during pregnancy.
And if you don’t want to go full out and celebrate before your baby is born, why not do something small but significant. How about a ‘looking forward to celebrating Fathers Day next year’ card or a simple meal showing what a special day this is to become.
However you celebrate Fathers Day, make this weekend, count. But remember, if you are due in the next couple of days make sure you have something on hand just in case. You don’t want to find yourself with a new baby on this special day that hasn’t remembered his new Dad!