National Grandparents Day is Sept. 12,2010! In 1978 former President Jimmy Carter signed a law declaring the first Sunday after Labor Day each year as National Grandparents Day. The idea of having a Grandparents day was birthed by Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife and mother of 15 who thought it would be nice to have a day when families could focus on grandparents and other elderly people. She started lobbying policymakers about making it a National holiday. It took from 1970 to 1978 to raise enough support to get this special day for Grandparents declared a National holiday. Grandparent’s day was celebrated officially for the very first time on Sept. 9, 1979.
Grandparents day is a wonderful time to visit and lavish them and other elderly relatives or friends with love and respect. If you do not have living grandparents, plan to visit an elderly individual in a nursing facility or an elderly family member, and take them a special gift to let them know you care about them and are thinking of them. Many elderly people in nursing homes have no family or no one to visit them at anytime and on holidays they feel especially alone. It would mean so much if you would show up on Grandparents day with a gift, or a plate of cookies, or just to talk to them and spend some time with them. Plan today to do something special for someone on Grandparents day, Sept. 12th. Following are some ideas to get you started gathering ideas and making plans to make Grandparents day special this year.
Gift ideas for Grandparents day
For children who have living grandparents, have them write a poem, create a homemade card with their love for grandma and grandpa in it, or have them make up a song and sing it to them on their special day. The official song for Grandparent’s day was written by Johnny Prill called “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.” To take a listen and get the lyrics to the song click here. The kids could sing this song if they wish. Gift cards, help with chores, and a night out for supper are also other ideas for gifts you could give to grandparents.
If the grandparents are physically able and want to, let the grandkids spend the day or night with them on Sept. 12th. It would be a great opportunity for the grandparents to share with the grand kids stories from their childhood or play some game with them that they played as a child.
You could also invite the grandparents to spend the night at your house. Cook dinner for them and then spend quality time with the whole family engaging with grandma and grandpa and just loving on them.
Consider starting a tradition every year by watching movies, popping corn, playing games, or starting a scrapbook and add a page or two every year on Grandparent’s day with pictures, funny things you did together, crafts you created together, etc. Working on it together will be so much fun! The grandkids would always have this scrapbook later as a reminder of the good times they had when their grandparents were alive.
For many more ideas for Grandparent’s day activities, crafts, poems, quotes, online games, puzzles, gift ideas, coloring pages, etc… visit the website Grandparents.com. It has all you will need to know to plan a memorable Grandparents day.
If your grandparents live in another State and you are unable to visit them, be sure to call them, or send a gift, flowers or a card to express your love to them. Our grandparents have had a big influence in our lives and we should take every opportunity to express our love and respect for them on Grandparents day and every day for that matter. Take the time to gather some of their wisdom, because they have a lot of it to share, if we are willing to listen. The elderly are too often overlooked. They are a great asset to our society. Let’s not forget them.
National Grandparents Day – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
National Grandparents Day 2010 | Grandparents.com