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June 6, 2008 at 1:00 am Comments (1)

Is Father’s Day really about honoring dads? More like honouring getting business.

NOTE:  Although the timing of this article is in regards to the celebrations of Father’s Day in the US, the spirit is international.  So, non-US readers: this really is for you, too.

We as a people like “Relative’s Days.  As a people we have Mother Day and Father’s Day, Grandfather’s Day and Grandmother’s Day, etc.  And, as a people, we have accepted these days into our society, and now many feel that, without purchasing gifts they are being disrespectful of family.  That, however, is simply not so.

Mother’s Day, as I detailed in this entry, was started for a special reason.  Sadly, it is now a day for buying commercial items (and thus the florists and food stores had another occasion in addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas and Chanukah and Valentine’s Day and every other commercialized holiday you can think of for marketing their goods and making a profit).  But simply having Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving and Christmas and Chanukah and Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day and Easter to peddle their goods was not enough for the commercial industry of the United States of America.  And so, what better way to add more “celebration days” than creating “Father’s Day” to complement the now commercialized Mother’s Day.  And so the countless other [Insert Relative Name HERE] commercial holidays popped into existence, all thanks to the amazing advertising departments of the mercantile industry.

Don’t feel obligated to purchase things on these Relative Days for your loved ones.  Although it might make them feel appreciated (and that is a good thing) you are also walking right into corporate America’s money game.  Made something yourself instead or give something to a needy person.


  1. Glynnis Mileikowsky at June 7, 2008:

    Your comments are very apt. It is very easy to appreciate loved ones every day simply by acknowledging how grateful we are that they are in our lives. We don’t know what the future holds, so appreciation now is a wonderful gift both for the giver and for the person being appreciated. Today’s materialistic culture, which has been conditioned to believe that a gift purchased is essential for showing appreciation to the recipient, would feel far better and do far more good by simply giving something from the heart. A note of thanks and appreciation, a phone call, an email, a flower picked from the garden. These keep the message close to its real purpose: gratitude that these wonderful people are walking the journey of life with us.

    Author: Thanks for your comments, Glynis.