12 Step : How to Celebrate Father's Day

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How to Celebrate Father's Day | Father's Day has been celebrated for over 100 years. It's also an event celebrated in many countries around the world, although at different times of the year. In North America and the United Kingdom, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Make this Father’s Day the best ever by giving your dad a day that shows him just how important and loved he is.

1. Planning for Father’s Day

Planning for Father’s Day

  • Think about what makes your dad happy. How you celebrate Father’s Day will largely come down to knowing what your dad likes and what will make Father’s Day the most enjoyable. That can mean planning a grand adventure, or simply taking care of all the chores around the house so dad can relax.

    • Plan at least one activity to do with your dad that he will enjoy. Maybe he likes fishing, or playing catch. Or maybe your dad likes to play board games with the whole family, choose something you know he’ll love.
    • Dad’s do a lot, from taking care of the house, picking the kids up from school or practice, to just being there to listen to your problems. Think about a time when your dad did something for you, and see how you can pay him back. It could be as simple as mowing the lawn. 

Get or make your dad a card

  • Get or make your dad a card. A card goes a long way, and can sometimes mean more than a gift.
    • If you’re buying your dad a Father’s Day card, make sure that you don’t wait until the last minute to get one. If you wait too long, you won’t have as many options to choose from. Get him a card that fits his personality; a funny card if he likes jokes, or a sentimental one to show your dad how much he means to you.
    • You can also make him a card. By making him a card, you can make it truly yours and tailor it completely to your dad.
Get creative

  • Get Creative. While a tie and tube socks have been the age-old, go-to gift for dads, your dad probably has enough of each. Instead, give him a gift that comes from you. Make it something that only you could give him.
    • Expensive or typical gifts are not always necessary, and the time and effort you put into creating a personalized gift will be deeply appreciated.
    • You don’t have to buy him a gift either. Sometimes the best gifts are made, or are shared experiences. Think about what your dad likes, and what kind of guy he is. Maybe the best gift to him is gathering the whole family around and grilling in the backyard.
    • You can also make dad things he can enjoy like baking a cake, making his favorite dinner, creating a crossword or other puzzles for him to follow.
    • If you’re celebrating Father’s Day as his partner or spouse, think about what he means to you and plan an event for just the two of you to share.

Remember that it’s Father’s Day

  • Remember that it’s Father’s Day. Sometimes, planning too much or overloading your dad with pre-planned activities isn’t the best way to celebrate Father’s Day. This should be a fun day for your dad, so eliminate the pressure by letting him do what he wants.[1]
    • Let him sleep in, don’t bombard him early in the morning just because you have big plans for dad.
    • Let him choose what he wants to do. It’s great to have planned some activity with your dad, but don’t necessarily make it an all day event. If your dad is the kind of guy who likes to take some time for himself, then be sure to give it to him.
2. Celebrating with Your Father

Celebrating with Your Father

  • Help dad enjoy the day. Perhaps you'll let him sleep in, or you won't badger him over something you'd normally badger him over. Whatever it is, let it be his day. Think about what kind of guy your dad is and start his day off right his way.
    • If your father frequently cooks the breakfast, then return the favor. You can even bring him breakfast in bed. Grab the newspaper for him so he doesn’t have to go get it himself, and give him some time to wake up.
    • You don’t have to make grand gestures of gratitude, especially right away in the morning. Small things can show your dad that he’s important.

 Make it a family event.

  • Make it a family event. Father's Day can be a great day for the whole family. Plan a family event, getting everyone in the family together for a fun day.

    • Think about including all the dads in your family, not just your own father or partner. Maybe you want to gather the uncles, brothers, grandpas, and even step-dads for part of the day, like a big dinner.
Celebrate with an activity
  • Celebrate with an activity. Consider building the celebration around an activity you all can enjoy. Ask yourself what kind of dad your father is. Does he like to go fishing? Is he a big sports fan? Maybe he likes to stay in and spend time with the family.
    • Knowing what your dad likes to do will help you to plan an activity that he’ll love.
    • Organize a family picnic or family barbecue. Get dad tickets to a sports game or even just play catch. If your dad likes to spend time outdoors, consider going fishing or playing golf together.
    • If you’re old enough, maybe all you need to do to celebrate Father’s Day is go grab a drink with him, and share stories.

Celebrate your shared experiences

  • Celebrate your shared experiences. Look at old photos of you and your dad doing fun things together. Sometimes a great way to celebrate Father’s Day and show your dad how much you care about him is to look back.

    • You can also give him a great gift with either a photo album or a photo slideshow. You may be surprised at how many things you both have forgotten about and how much they mean to you.
    • You can also shoot a quick video of the family sharing a favorite story and memory with dad and play it for him.
    • If you’re his spouse or partner, take some time to recreate a special date you two had. Go for a walk at your old spot, or grab him his favorite dessert from a restaurant you had a special date at.
3. Showing Your Dad You Appreciate Him

Showing Your Dad You Appreciate Him
  • Acknowledge the importance of fatherhood. Being a father is a tough job. A thoughtful card, letter, or toast that expresses your love can go a long way with your dad.

    • Make a handmade card that lists the five top things your dad does for you that you are grateful for.
 Take care of dad’s duties for the day
  • Take care of dad’s duties for the day. Maybe your partner or dad takes care of the laundry, mows the lawn, or cooks the food, why not let him take the day off.

    • Get the whole family together and have everyone pick one of dad’s chores to do.
    • You can also help your dad or partner with something he might be having trouble with. If, for example, dad isn’t the most computer savvy, give him a quick lesson, or help him clean up his computer to make it run smoother.
 Make the day joyful
  • Make the day joyful. One of the most important aspect of Father’s Day is that you are present and attentive. Gifts are great, but showing your love, and reassuring your dad that you're proud of him and all he's done for you can be the most important factor in celebrating a fantastic Father’s Day.

    • For many dads, the most rewarding part of being a father is feeling that your children and partner love and appreciate you.
    • By simply having a good attitude, or giving dad a hug and telling him how much you love him, you can show him that he is appreciated.
End Father’s Day on his terms
  • End Father’s Day on his terms. You’ve done a lot for your father or partner already. Give him some time to relax how he wants to.

    • After you’ve given him his cards, gifts, and fun adventures, ask him what he wants.
    • And before it’s time for bed, tell your father you love him. Don't forget his hug and kiss!

  • Don't forget the camera! Pictures will help you remember the day and can be used as part of a gift next year.
  • If you feel that you've let your dad down in the past, now might be a good time to tell him that you're sorry for past hurts. Use Father's Day as an opportunity to tell him that you love and appreciate him.
  • While your relationship with your dad may not always be perfect, it’s shaped some elements of your life in important ways. You may resent times when your dad has been strict, but appreciate his efforts to steer you in a good direction. Let him know that even if you don’t always see eye-to-eye, this day is not about your differences, but about acknowledging that you love and respect him. It may even help you two with some issues.

Source and Citations
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