Make Father’s Day Fun This Year!


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Even in the age of sheltering-in-place, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your Dad the way he deserves! Here are a few fun ideas for quarantine-friendly Father’s Day fun and a some interesting info to impress your old man over brunch.

If You’re Apart This Father’s Day..

Plan a Virtual Gathering

Nothing compares to seeing your folks in person, but you can create a feeling of togetherness with your newfound-favorite video conferencing platform. If you’re in self-quarantine or just separated by miles and miles, this Father’s Day you can feel a little closer with the help of technology.

Have a Meal Together, Share a Meal With Others

This day usually comes packed with a good hearty meal. So how about also providing for people facing hunger on Father’s Day? Since the pandemic began, some food banks are seeing a four-fold increase in demand. Consider matching what you spend on your own meal with a donation to children and families in need.

Show Dad You’ve Been Listening!

Here’s your chance to show your dad that you know what his values are and that he’s done a great job instilling them in you. Consider finding an organization that’s taking on an issue your dad cares deeply about and making a donation in his honor. 

 

..And If You’re Together

If you’re hunkered down with Dad already, consider some of these ideas for fun things to do together:

  • Serve Dad an all-star brunch. Bacon, sausage, eggs, fruit salad and cinnamon rolls—just don’t forget the coffee!
  • Spend time looking through old family pictures–particularly if you haven’t done so in a while. Remind your dad of great memories you have of him that he may not remember himself.
  • Have a family game night! Phones down, snacks out. Get everyone in the family involved.
  • Laugh your way through Netflix’s comedy specials. (Let him pick if he’s got a favorite comedian!) Maybe you can’t see an actual comedy show, but it’s just as much fun (if not more) in your pajamas with cheaper drinks.
  • Pack up a backyard picnic and screen a movie outside!
  • Fire up the grill! This one’s a no-brainer. Let Dad do his thing and take the opportunity to learn a thing or two from him about just how it’s done.
  • Take a family hike! Enjoy the great outdoors and explore a new-to-you or family favorite trail!
  • Host a beer tasting. Plan an afternoon of sampling different craft beers—thanks to you, he may find his new favorite!
  • Take a good hard look at his old favorite chair. If it’s worse for wear, consider checking out our awesome selection of recliners that might make a suitable replacement. Now there’s a gift to remember!
  • Impress Dad with some fun facts about Father’s Day! We’ve got some ideas below.

Father’s Day Around the World

  • In traditionally Catholic countries such as Spain and Portugal, Father’s Day is observed on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph.
  • Taiwanese culture celebrates Father’s Day on August 8, the eighth day of the eighth month, because the Mandarin Chinese word for eight sounds like the word for “Papa.”
  • In Thailand, Father’s Day is celebrated on former King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday, December 5.

Father’s Day in the U.S. of A!

  • In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson and his family personally observed the day.
  • Eight years later, President Calvin Coolidge signed a resolution in favor of Father’s Day “to establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.”
  • In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed an executive order that the holiday be celebrated on the third Sunday in June.
  • Under President Richard Nixon, in 1972, Congress passed an act officially making Father’s Day a national holiday.

We hope this Father’s Day brings you and the dads in your life plenty of happiness and togetherness. Our Sofas & More team will be taking the day off to spend time with their families, but we can’t wait to see your again on Monday at our Knoxville showroom!

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