The idea of Father’s Day was conceived slightly more than a century ago by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a… Continue reading Father’s Day History
Eight Retailers Commit to Recognizing Christmas
The following eight retailers responded with enthusiasm and stated their plans to generously use the term “Christmas” in their 2008 catalogs and Web publications when questioned through a letter by Focus on the Family: Best Buy, Cabela’s, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Nordstrom, Pier 1 Imports, Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart. [citizenlink.org]
Salvation Army Tests Credit Cards at Red Kettles
The Salvation Army is experimenting with a plastic alternative for folks who don’t have cash to place in a holiday red kettle. Five bell-ringers in El Paso County, Colo., will be the first to accept debit and credit cards along with spare change and bills. The new kettle options are receiving mixed reviews by shoppers.
The Tradition of the Thanksgiving Holiday
The tradition — introduced by European Americans of Thanksgiving as a time to focus on God and His blessings — dates back over four centuries. But it is primarily from the pilgrims’ Thanksgiving celebration of 1621 that we derive the tradition of Thanksgiving Day. The pilgrims set sail for America on Sept. 6, 1620, and,… Continue reading The Tradition of the Thanksgiving Holiday