Sweetest Day is celebrated each year on the third Saturday of October - but many people have never even heard of it! I did some research into the holiday and have become rather inspired.
Sweetest Day was originally created in 1922 by a Cleveland philanthropist and candy company employee. He felt that the city's less fortunate were very often overlooked and neglected. So with the help of some friends, he started giving out candy and small gifts to orphans, sick and the elderly. The holiday spread and soon even movie stars were giving out candy and trinkets to others! Since then Sweetest Day has mostly been observed regionally in the Great Lakes area and some parts of the Northeast but it's gradually spreading to other areas of the country as well. I like to think that Sweetest Day is similar to Valentine's Day, but with a goodwill twist!
We get so busy in our own lives with our hectic work schedules, our kids activities and our own families that we sometimes forget about the plights of others. Thousands of people suffer every day in the US from unemployment, the loss of a loved one, depression, sickness, homelessness, hunger and many other challenges. On this Sweetest Day, I ask you all to consider not only your loved ones but also the sick, the elderly and the under-privileged of your communities. What can you do to help brighten the day of someone else who's suffering?
I think we should embrace Sweetest Day and try to celebrate it not only in October, but every day. I'll leave you with this thought: The Retail Confectioner's International describes Sweetest Day as, "...not [being] based on any single group's religious sentiment or on a family relationship. It is a reminder that a thoughtful word or deed enriches life and gives it meaning."
My husband and I used to celebrate but the celebration got lost in daily living with kids and careers. Since we're retired...I think I may just surprise my hubby with a little dinner. Thanks for the reminder!
I agree that we should do this every day. It not only enriches others lives, but it also enriches our lives. I know personally that when I give, it makes me feel good.
Interesting...I have never heard of this before.
What a sweet holiday, by reading thing I'm going to try to be kinder daily...
what a very SWEET holiday indeed! It is always nice to remember to say a kind word or do something nice for someone just because!
My library is combining I Love Yarn Day (the 14th) with The Sweetest Day (15th) for a yarn celebration but I really like your ideas and will have to add them to a future way to celebrate. -r