National Tooth Fairy Day
About National Tooth Fairy Day
When is National Tooth Fairy Day? This holiday is observed on February 28th and/or August 22
National Tooth Fairy Day celebrates one of childhood’s favorite visitors. The Tooth Fairy is an American tradition with several European and superstitious roots. There are two National Tooth Fairy Days. There is ongoing debate whether this is a February 28 holiday, or if it is to be celebrated on August 22. I know! Let’s celebrate it on both dates.
Losing baby teeth is a sometimes-traumatic experience for young children. Enter the world of the friendly, smiling, and soothing Tooth Fairy. As a young child’s first baby tooth becomes loose, the child often fears losing it. The promise of a visit from the tooth fairy and a gift, turns the occasion into something to look forward to. When the tooth finally falls out, mom cleans it off. It is often put into a “tooth box”. At bedtime, the child puts the tooth under his or her pillow. The tooth fairy comes after the child falls asleep. She takes the tooth and leaves a small gift, usually money. The tooth fairy leaves a gift every time the child loses a tooth.
Never fear: If the tooth is literally lost in some way, don’t worry. The Tooth Fairy always knows, and will still leave a gift. She magically knows each time a baby tooth falls out, and will arrive that night, even if the child is away at grandma, or on vacation.
How much does the Tooth Fairy Give? The tooth fairy gives from $1.00 to $5.00 per tooth.
Male or female? There is an ongoing debate about whether the Tooth Fairy is a male or a female. But it’s pretty obvious. “She” is most definitely a female.
Did You Know? The Tooth fairy delivers over 700 million dollars a year to children in the U.S., in exchange for a child’s baby teeth.
How to Celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day
- Read a book about fairies to your young child.
- Donate a book about fairies to a less fortunate child.
- Kids, don’t forget to put your tooth under your pillow for the tooth fairy!
- Promote dental health for you and your family.
Thought for Today
When I was a young kid I wanted to be older….. This wasn’t what I had in mind.
History and Origin of National Tooth Fairy Day
Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day. The tooth fairy dates back hundreds of years, probably to at least medieval times. We were amazed that the tooth fairy was not found in the encyclopedia.
Is National Tooth Fairy Day on February 28th, or August 22? Documentation on websites is fairly evenly divided, with slightly more recording it on February 28th. Some very reputable and authoritative sites differ on the date. Until we find further documentation or the creator of this day, feel free to celebrate it on either date….or both!
This is not a true “National” day. There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a “National” day, which requires an act of congress. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation about this special day.
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