National Grandparents Day is celebrated each September on the Sunday following Labor Day. The celebration of National Grandparents Day began with Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife who was concerned for the lonely elderly in nursing homes. McQuade also hoped grandchildren everywhere would benefit from the wisdom and heritage of their grandparents.
In 1978, National Grandparents Day became a holiday by executive order of President Jimmy Carter. Grandparents and grandkids show their love for one another every day. Here are 10 special ways to celebrate the gift of grandparents on National Grandparents Day, celebrated on Sept. 7 this year.
Enjoy a meal together. Plan a family brunch or lunch at home or enjoy a meal at the family's favorite restaurant. Bake a cake or cupcakes or choose a special dessert for the grandparents.
Let the kids make a card. Handmade cards are special treasures that grandparents will enjoy. If you're a grandparent, send a card to your grandkids to let them know how much you love them.
Fingerprint, handprint and footprint crafts are easy for even the youngest grandchildren to make. You'll find lots of other easy craft ideas at your favorite craft store.
Let the kids call their grandparents. Even young toddlers can talk on the phone with their grandparents. You can also plan a Skype or Facetime session and it's almost like being there.
If your family attends church, plan to attend with your grandparents or grandchildren. Sharing your faith helps bring the next generation closer to God's love.
Visit a park or playground with the kids and grandparents. Play on the swings and slide together or pack a picnic lunch to enjoy outdoors.
Enjoy the outdoors on the trails. Ride bikes together or take a nature hike in the woods. Let the grandkids lead the way or let the grandparents show the kids their favorite trail.
Share your family's heritage. Gather together and look at old family photos. Frame a favorite photo of your kids with their grandparents as a gift. Let each child and grandparent share special memories.
Invite the grandparents over for a classic board game day. Young grandchildren will enjoy Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Older grandchildren will enjoy a game of Monopoly or Scrabble.
Help kids write a note to their grandparents telling them why they are special. A handwritten note is a precious gift that grandparents will cherish.
Grandparents love their grandchildren with all their hearts. Enjoy spending time together this Grandparents Day, whether you're nearby or far away. If your child's grandparents are no longer living, celebrate their heritage on Grandparents Day.