While it sounds like a day to be with your Sweetie, Sweetest Day is actually a day to make others feel special!
Sweetest Day is an original American holiday celebrated on the third Saturday in October, primarily in the Great Lakes region of the Northeastern United States. The biggest Sweetest Day cities are Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, and Buffalo.
This regional holiday has also spread around the country as people have taken the custom with them when moving to other states. Today, additional places where Sweetest Day is popular include Indiana, Wisconsin, California, Texas, and Florida.
The first Sweetest Day is attributed to philanthropist Herbert Birch Kingston of Cleveland in 1921. He happened to be a candy factory employee, working as an advertiser and later a proprietor. Thus, Sweetest Day is considered by some as a “concocted promotion” created by the candy industry to increase sales of sweets.
However, Kingston’s heart appears to have been in the right place. Feeling that the city’s orphans and shut-ins often felt forgotten and neglected, he conceived the idea of showing that they were sweet by doing something sweet for them. He distributed small boxes of candy to them with the help of his co-workers, friends, and even movie stars.
During the years that followed, other Clevelanders and confectioners began to participate, and the occasion came to be called “Sweetest Day.” In time, the idea of spreading cheer to the underprivileged expanded to an occasion in which people not only remember the sick, aged, and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates.
Unlike Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day not just reserved for lovers and sweethearts. Sweetest Day gives us an opportunity to show anyone that we care, in a tangible way with chocolates, candies, flowers, plants, or cards. Sweetest Day is a reminder that a thoughtful word, deed, or small gift enriches the life of the recipient as well as the person giving it.
http://www.sweetestday.com – Sweetest Day History and Origins
http://www.ehow.com/info_8665481_sweetest-day-crafts.html – Sweetest Day Crafts
http://www.ehow.com/info_8136022_kids-crafts-sweetest-day.html – Kids Crafts for Sweetest Day
http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/sweetest-day-crafts.htm – Sweetest Day Crafts for Kids