Did you know that Sweetest Day is observed on the 3rd Saturday in the month of October? And that's a PERFECT REASON to send a gift of flowers or plants or something sweet. Of course, some people don't need any reason to send flowers. On the other hand, some people need to be gently nudged or a holiday has to be created before he or she will even consider sending flowers or plants or even chocolates.
Speaking of chocolates, Sweetest Day got its origins in Cleveland Ohio back in 1922 during the Great Depression. Herbert Birch Kingston, a philanthropist and candy company employee wanted to spread some joy to the lives of orphans, shut-ins and others who were often forgotten. With the help of friends, Kingston began to distribute candy and small gifts to the underprivileged.
Even the stars got involved! Ann Pennington, a movie star of that era pesented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their service to the public.
Theda Bara, another popular movie star of the time, distributed 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals. She also handed out candy to anyone who came to watch her film in a local theater.
What began as a regional observance celebrated in the Great Lakes region and the Northeast, Sweetest Day has gradually spreading to other areas of the country. As the origin of Sweetest day has its roots in Ohio, it is the top state for Sweetest Day sales, followed by Michigan and Illinois. Texas, California and Florida are also among the top 10 states in sales.
Sweetest Day has become known as a day to express the love of someone special (a sweetheart) as well as to show appreciation to family and friends. Most people observe Sweetest Day with small presents, such as greeting cards, candy and flowers. The interesting thing about Sweetest Day is that it is not a religious holiday, but is a celebration of humankind.
Sweetest day is a perfect day to bring joy to those less fortunate. Remembering the sick, the elderly, shut-ins and home-bound family, friends, relatives and individuals is the Hallmark of Sweetest Day. It is a simple reminder that a small deed, a kind word or a token of love can enrich the lives of others.
Remember to celebrate the holiday and touch the life of someone special with a gift of flowers, plants, chocolates, or a greeting card.
Upcoming Sweetest Days ~ 2010 to 2015
2010 - Saturday, October 16th
2011 - Saturday, October 15th
2012 - Saturday, October 20th
2013 - Saturday, October 19th
2014 - Saturday, October 18th
2015 - Saturday, October 17th