For those of you who aren’t from the Great Lakes region, all of the chatter you may be hearing over the upcoming celebration of “Sweetest Day” is probably a bit confusing. As a West Coast native, I had never even heard of this holiday until recently, but with its cute intentions I’m pushing for it to gain in popularity throughout the country!
The first official Sweetest Day was celebrated on October 8th, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio. Attributed to Herbert Birch Kingston, it was meant as a way to remember those often forgotten by the community like the sick, aging, and orphaned. That year, over 20,000 boxes of candy were distributed to these forgotten members of society with the help of some of the biggest movie stars of the day.
Since that original celebration in 1921, Sweetest Day has continued and is now celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of October each year. This charming holiday has evolved to become a celebration of loved ones and a chance to make someone happy through a thoughtful word or kind deed. Couples and friends often give each other cards, candy, and flowers in heart-shaped red and pink boxes reminiscent of Valentine’s Day.
If there’s someone in your life who you think deserves recognition for all their kindness and love, why not use Sweetest Day as a chance to show how thankful you are by personalizing an adorable Sweetest Day Card? Add a note inside telling your loved one what makes them so special, along with a photo of the two of you for a custom touch, and be sure to include some yummy treats with your card. Even if you’re from a region that doesn’t celebrate this holiday, there’s no reason why you can’t start a new Sweetest Day tradition on your own!