While viewing Facebook, I saw an entry for Sweetest Day. Honestly, I do not ever remember hearing of this day before a couple days ago.
According to SweetestDay.com, a Cleveland candy company employee, who sought to bring cheer to orphans, shut-ins, and those struck with illness or disabilities, founded Sweetest Day in 1922. It gained such popularity, that the City of Cleveland officially declared the third Saturday in October as Sweetest Day. A regional observance, it is celebrated mostly in the Great Lakes area but is gaining wider distribution as people move about the country.
Over the years, the idea of spreading cheer expanded to include friends and other appreciated individuals. Gifts are the same as one would give for Valentine’s day.
I was surprised that I had not heard much about it before, as the website claims that it is observed in the city of Buffalo, which is just 45 minutes from where I live.
Even if you missed it, like Valentines, it should be something that can be celebrated anytime during the year to show the ones you love that you are mindful, appreciative and thankful that they are in your life.