We’ve been busy gearing up for Father’s Day here at Sweet River Candy Company.  (As has Main Floral, next door.  Have you seen some of the flower arrangements they have for Dad!?  I think anyone, Dad or not, would love to have one of these delivered!  Check ’em out: Truck, Mustang, Grill and Jeep.)  If you’re looking for delivery options from us–you’re in luck, because we offer candy basket delivery, and any of them would be perfect for a gift for dad.  If you order early, we’ll deliver it right to his work on Friday, or Saturday, for an extra sweet surprise!  (Check out some of our most popular baskets HERE.)  If you’re not crazy about those options we can, easily, customize something if you’d prefer, instead.  Give us a call with questions, or for more information; OR, just stop in–you’re sure to find something for dad!  If you have kids, bring ’em along and let them pick out the treats for Dad and/or, Grandpa–pair some candy, with a movie, and you’re all set for a great Father’s Day evening!

As for Father’s Day, itself…we thought we’d have a little fun and pass on a few facts about the origins of the day and some other random trivia! :)

Did you know that…

-Father’s day was first recognized by Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd (now known as “the mother of Father’s Day”) whose father had as a single parent, raised his six children. She conceived the idea of celebrating Father’s Day while she was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.

-In the year 1916, US president Woodrow Wilson approved the idea of observing an annual Father’s Day. And in the year 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made Father’s Day a national event.

-After a couple of decades, President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day and issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers in the year 1966. Then in the year 1972 President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made the Father’s Day celebration permanent. Since then this day is celebrated each year.

-Around 72% of Americans celebrate and acknowledge Father’s day.

-Do you know Father’s Day has acquired fourth position last year ( nearly 95 million Fathers Day cards were given last year in the United States) as the most popular card sending holiday, with an estimated $100 million sales figure.

-According to a survey, sons and daughters send 50% of the Father’s Day card to their dads. Nearly 20 percent of Fathers Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands. That leaves 30 percent of the cards which go to grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and “someone special.”

-Father’s Day is not a modern invention. It was first celebrated by a Babylonian youth named Elmesu, who carved a father’s Day card out of clay, around 4,000 years ago. His special card was to wish his father good health and long life.

-Neckties are an old standby and lead the list of Father’s Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of 8,111 men’s clothing stores around the country.

-Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include those items you may find in dad’s toolbox such as hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. You could buy some of these items for dad at one of the nation’s 16,010 hardware stores or 7,009 home centers.

-Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs make for a happy Father’s Day for the more than 22,000 sporting goods stores in America.

-Today, some of the most popular Internet searches connected to the day include “father’s day recipes”, “Father’s day poems”, and “father’s day crafts.”

-Roses are the official flower for Father’s Day. A red rose is worn in the lapel if your father is living, a white rose if he is deceased.

As always, give us a call if you have candy questions or, specific, candy needs!

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