Sweetest Day is coming up (this year it falls on October 19th) and although I’ve never really celebrated it, I must admit I’m kind of sweet on the concept of it. So what is Sweetest Day? Aside from another reason for anxious husbands to make their way to the Hallmark Store thanks to some hinting from their wives, it is a day to show your appreciation. According to Hallmark, Sweetest Day originates in the Great Lakes region of North America, its purpose grounded in thoughtfulness (and maybe chocolate). As Hallmark notes:
“It’s simply a reminder that a thoughtful word, deed or small gift enriches the life of the recipient as well as the person giving it.”
It is believed that the holiday got its start in the 1920s when a candy company employee by the name of Herbert Birch Kingston wanted to bring a little cheer to the lives of “those who were often forgotten.” Along with others, he delivered candy and gifts to members of society who were often overlooked, including orphans and individuals who were “confined to their homes.” This small yet sweet gesture was a way of showing these people that someone cared. A reminder that they mattered.
And that is what might suggest that Sweetest Day is one of the best holidays ever, worthy of taking the time to remind someone that they matter, if not to anyone else to you. Over time, the holiday evolved to include people ranging from family members to coworkers and yes, even “sweethearts.” And sure, it is a great reason to shower your spouse with love and chocolate, but it is also an opportunity to team up with your spouse and bring a dose of happy to someone else’s life.
But what about after?
When Sweetest Day comes and goes, know that life will still present you with opportunities to give back. Each day will afford us the chance to make someone’s day better. Perhaps even their life better. A good place to start is with your family – your spouse. Take advantage of the endless opportunities to engage in small yet sweet acts, all in the name of love.
In need of some ideas? Here are 5 sweet and simple ways to show your spouse some love — perhaps the best part (besides the smile that will grace your spouse’s face) they don’t necessarily require a last-minute trip to the store:
And although holidays are always fun (or daunting depending on how you decide to look at it), remember that Sweetest Day isn’t the end all be all in spreading some joy. My thoughts are the acts one engages in to celebrate this holiday aren’t independent to be grandiose; instead it is a reminder that the little things can often make the biggest impact. But perhaps worthy of remembering is the fact that when the day has come and gone, hopefully that in the days that follow you will be presented with the opportunity to make it the sweetest of days.
You can read more about Sweetest Day over at Hallmark. What are your thoughts on Sweetest Day? Do you celebrate it and if so, how?
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