Jun 222015
 

Ever wonder just how much you are willing to spend on Dad on Father’s Day to show your love for him in guiding your life? When it comes to Father’s Day spending, American consumers lead the world, as 75.4 percent are expected to celebrate Dad’s love by the family through a special gift in the name of Fatherhood as an institution, according to the National Retail Federation. We also briefly discuss in the last section of this piece the origins of Fatherhood as an institution and Father’s Day as a celebration.

An average American consumer will spend $115.57 in 2015, slightly higher than $113.80 in 2014, the National Retail Federation reports. 

In fact, annual consumer spending totals on Father’s Day is growing: $10B in 2007, gradually decreasing to $9.58B in 2008, and $9.36B in 2009, afterwards markedly increasing to $9.81B in 2010, $11.11B in 2011, and $12.71B in 2012, then peaking at $13.28B in 2013, and finally dropping to $12.47B in 2014.

Better still, grand total Father’s Day retail sales across America are expected to reach $12.7 billion in 2015, only slightly over the $12.5 billion spent in 2014, according to the National Retail Federation.

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

Dads are the primary gift recipients, amounting to 51.8 percent of all gifts purchased. However, they aren’t the only ones expecting gifts today – husbands receive 27.6 percent of all gifts, sons receive a 8.9 percent share, and brothers amount to 6.1 percent of gift recipients, friends are honored with 5 percent of all gifts given, grandfathers receive 4.3 percent of all gifts, and godfathers round out at 1.4 percent of gifts recipients.

Where are people going to do the bulk of their shopping this year? 36.4 percent will head to a department store, 29.2 percent intend to shop online, 25.2 percent will visit a discount store, and 22.6 percent will purchase at a specialty store.

Origins of Fatherhood as an Institution and Father’s Day as a Celebration.

We celebrate on this day what Fatherhood truly is as an institution beyond its conventional familial head to its historical and formative context as a leader of larger societal contribution.  

According to my classical 11th Edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Fatherhood is a word originating from Teutonic languages. Like motherhood, brotherhood, sisterhood, sons and daughters, fatherhood is used in most European languages of Western civilization.

The old english word for father is fader, in German, Valer, in Dutch, vader, in Latin,pater, in French, pere, and in Spanish, padre.

The meaning of fatherhood in Eastern civilization is oftentimes used to refer to ancestors and familial lineage.

Best love is Mother’s love; Best Care is Father’s Care; They can’t be beaten by anything.”

Fatherhood has a divine power to God, specifically in the context of Christianity, as the Father of Jesus Christ, and as the Creator of the world. Father is also the orthodox word for the First Person of the Trinity. Over the first five centuries, the Fathers of The Church was common speak, often termed as the Apostolic Fathers.

Here, it was believe that one who stands as a spiritual power to another is one’s “father”, e.g., one’s godfather.

In the Catholic Church, fatherhood is bestowed upon the title of bishops and archbishops, including Right or Most Reverend Father in God.

The Pope in the Roman Church is the Holy Father. Fatherhood is also applied to any Roman priest, and to various ranks of religious and fraternal order in the Church of England.

The greatest gift I ever had, came from God; I call him Dad!”

Turning beyond religious to societal uses of the term, “the first founders of an institution” is sometimes called “the founding fathers of an institution.” 

In ancient Rome, the senate members were Patres conscripti or Conscript Fathers.

The earliest settlers of North America are called the Pilgrim Fathers, and the framers of the United States Constitution are called the Founding Fathers of the Constitution.

Moreover, the senior members of a community or town are called the Town Fathers.

Historically speaking, prior to entrants of women politicians, the sole member of the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, and analogously, the sole member of the United States’ House of Representatives, who has held his seat continuously the longest term, is historically called The Father of the House.

Referencing Wikipedia, the evolution of Father’s Day into a national holiday celebration in the United States has been a longtime cometh: “A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized … In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday, when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.” 

The nearly six decade wait for the state to fully recognize fatherhood as an institution in America and formally celebrate it was worth it, don’t you think?

It is characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, or just and unjust, and the like, and the association of living things, who have this sense, makes a family and a state.” – Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Greek philosopher

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