Question of the Week: What traditions does your family observe for Father’s Day?

+5 votes

On my side, we’ve always had a cookout with barbecued ribs and my mom’s homemade potato salad. My husband’s side often celebrates with all of the sons and their dad heading out to the golf course followed by steaks on the grill and all the fixins. Do you do anything special to honor your father, grandfather, or any other father figures in your family?

asked Jun 16 in The Tree House by Julie Ricketts G2G6 Pilot (153,080 points)

5 Answers

+9 votes
Don't have any traditions... but this weekend, all my girls are coming over for a family bike ride. Haven't ridden my bicycle for 20 years. I'm excited to get back into riding, and even more excited that all my grown girls want to do it with me too.
answered Jun 16 by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (122,780 points)
+11 votes

My parents were convinced that both Mother's Day and Father's Day were "Hallmark Cards' invention" and we deliberately never did anything special for either.

Every family has their traditions, and ignoring Mother's Day and Father's Day is one of ours.
answered Jun 16 by Janet Gunn G2G6 Mach 2 (21,200 points)
I insisted that my children *not* commemorate these two days.  I understand that some people think they're fun and important, but to me, these sorts of commemorations just rub it in when you come from a dysfunctional family.

Yes, agree it's an invention of the card manufacturers

Not  quite so much  Mothering Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent  (which is a different date  to Mother's day elsewhere) Then children are  given flowers, usually daffodils to give to their mothers in the morning service at church, in the 19th Century these would have been wild flowers collected by daughters in service returning home for the day. I have been known to make a simnel cake.

+6 votes

This pic was taken c1965 of my dad lounging next to the bay in Seaside, NJ....his favorite father's day activity.


answered Jun 16 by Doug Lockwood G2G Astronaut (1,506,100 points)
Great picture, Doug!
+3 votes
Every year, without fail, my two siblings and I forgot all about father's-day (and any other holiday or date that did not involve us personally receiving presents).  My mother always covered us on those things.  somehow he would always get a present from each of us.  I'd be as surprised as him to see what he got from me.  Of course she would always have us sign a card which made us feel included.  Collecting cards from events is one of mom's things; I'm sure she has every father's-day card I ever gave to dad.

I am most thankful that my father is healthy, fit, and happy.  We live on the same family land so I see him regularly and my sons are able to spend time with him too.  He is without a doubt one of the most important figures in our lives.  I love my father :)
answered Jun 17 by Keith Hathaway G2G6 Pilot (287,240 points)
+2 votes
My sister and her husband and their dog, and my brother comes down and picks up 12 piece Kentucky Fried Chicken, and with 3 sides and we eat at home on the Saturday before Father's Day.  Then my Dad opens his gifts and cards. Then we sit around and talk. Then on Sunday me, my mother and Dad sits around doing nothing and I give him my card on Father's Day.
answered Jun 18 by Linda Barnett G2G6 Mach 4 (47,640 points)

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