We Love Our Grandparents! Ways to Celebrate National Grandparents Day 2017
We love our grandparents and this year on Sunday, September 10, families across the U.S. can show their love by celebrating National Grandparents Day.
History of National Grandparents Day
Typically celebrated on the first Sunday in September after Labor Day, the day has more than one origin. Some people consider it to have been first proposed by Michael Goldgar in the 1970s after he visited his aunt in an Atlanta nursing home, spending $11,000 of his own money in lobbying efforts to have the day officially recognized, he made 17 trips to Washington DC over a seven-year span to meet with legislators.
Others consider Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a housewife in West Virginia, to have been the main driver for the day of observance. Throughout the 1970s McQuade worked hard to educate the people about the important contributions senior citizens made and the contributions that they would be willing to make if asked. She also urged people to adopt a grandparent, not for one day a year and not for material giving, but for a lifetime of experience
In any event, National Grandparents Day was finally signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.
Ideas for Celebrating Grandparents Day
There are a ton of fun activities that grandparents and grandchildren can do together to celebrate Grandparents Day. In fact, while many of these can be given to grandparents, it might make more special if they can be done together.
Make a Special Poster. It will no doubt find a place of honor on the wall and will be a treat and great memory for grandchildren every time they visit. You can also make your own Grandparents Day cards.
Paint a Rock, Hide a Rock. Quite the movement lately, hundreds of people have jumped on the painting and hiding rocks trend. It’s an easy craft and enjoyable for all ages and artistic levels. So why not join in by creating unique rocks together and then either placing them in your backyard garden or hiding them nearby in a park. Note: Try checking Facebooks Group Pages for suggestions on where the hot spots are for hiding rocks.
Tracing Hands. This is a fun activity where grandparent and grandchild trace around their hands together. You can take it bit further and use markers or paints to decorate the handprints. Frame it and It makes a touching keepsake for both grandchild and grandparent.
Take a Walk. Physical activity is a great way for a grandparent and grandchild to bond. Spend some time tighter outside taking a walk or visiting a park can create lasting memories. Bring a special book and blanket to read together under a tree to create an even more memorable moment.
Play a Game. If going outside is out of the question, how about playing a game together indoors. There are a variety of games that will delight both grandchildren and grandparents alike. Board games like Checkers, Battleship, and Candyland are classics. Or you can get creative with Charades.
Make a Love List. This is an easy way for both grandparents and grandchildren to really verbalize all the ways you love them. Using paper, have each grandparent and grandchild ask the following questions:
- What do you love most about Grandparent/Grandchild?
- What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re with Grandparent/Grandchild?
- The best day I ever spent with Grandparent/Grandchild was when we…
- Grandparent/Grandchild makes me feel special when …
- I know Grandparent/Grandchild loves me because …
- What are three words you would use to describe Grandparent/Grandchild?
Then compare your responses and put the list someplace special to read year after year. Reading your old list and making a new list every year is also a great tradition to start.
Volunteer. Another fun way to celebrate Grandparents Day is to volunteer at a local Senior Citizen center or Nursing home together. Not only will grandchildren and grandparents spend quality bonding time, but you can also bring joy to many grandparents who may not have any visitors.
What are some ways you will be celebrating Grandparents Day this year? Tell us in the comments.