Father’s Day has been celebrated for over 100 years. In the U.S. and the U.K., Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June and this year it falls on Sunday, June 19. Many families will be celebrating with barbecues, family get togethers, and home made gifts. Here is a list of things you can do to celebrate Father’s Day in a special way.
1. Help your dad enjoy his day. Maybe you can let him sleep in, or you can keep from bugging him to take you somewhere. Let it be his day. A few ways you can do this is to:
- Give your dad a gift of the perfect coffee or speciality coffees.
- Make him breakfast in bed. Enlist the help of mom for this one.
- Bring him the newspaper so he can read and eat in bed.
- Make him his favourite coffee.
2. Make Father’s Day a family event. You can use this day to get the family together and have some fun. Include other father’s in your family, not just your own. You can invite husbands, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, etc. Don’t forget your step-dad, if you have one. You don’t have to stay at home, either. You can go to the beach, the park, or your dad’s favorite place.
3. Think about celebrating Father’s Day by doing something everyone will enjoy. Some examples are:
- A family picnic
- A family barbecue
- Take your dad to a sporting event
- Go fishing
- Play golf
4. Be creative. When you make gifts for your dad, don’t use the tired cliché of ties or socks. He probably still has all of that stuff buried in the back of his closet since you were
3. You don’t need to buy expensive gifts, either, but if you take the time and effort to pick out something personal and from your heart, dad will love it.
- Bake him a cake.
- Cook him his favourite dinner (again, enlist the help of mom on this one).
- Make a gift basket and fill it with home made candies, cookies, or some kind of puzzle or game you have made yourself.
- Draw or paint a picture of your dad from a favourite photo.
- Write a poem.
- Sing a song for your dad.
5. Celebrate your memories. Look at old photos together. Make a photo album or a slide show. You’ll be surprised how much all of these memories have meant to you over the years.
- If your dad doesn’t talk about his own childhood much, you could record his voice or take notes while you are talking about old times or looking at old photos. Create memories with his words and stories and make them part of your family history.
6. Remember how important your dad is. Being a dad is not an easy job. Dads contribute to half of the financial and emotional well-being of his family. A heart-felt card, letter, or short speech which tells him how much you love him will make you both happy. Here are a few things you can do:
- Make your own Father’s Day card.
- Write a letter.
- Make a speech and share it with him and the family.
- Have your family tell dad just how much he means to them.
7. The most important part of Father’s Day is just being there and spending time with your dad. It’s not the presents that make your dad happy, it’s how you show him your love him and letting him know you are proud of him and you appreciate everything he has done for you. The most rewarding feeling for your dad is knowing that his children love him and that he has brought his children up to be well-adjusted adults and will be able to handle all of the obstacles in life.
At the end of the day, look back and remember that the day was filled with love and laughter and all of you will remember this day with happy memories.