Celebrating our seniors is easy and celebrating our grandparents on National Grandparents Day is even easier! Americans have been cheering National Grandparents Day since 1978, the year President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day a national holiday.
National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9!
Marian McQuade, a West Virginia housewife and mother of 15 children, championed the cause so that the lonely elderly in nursing homes would have a day dedicated just for them. This cause has expanded to community-based events, as well as longstanding family traditions.
Grandparents Day is a wonderful time to remind your loved ones how special they are to their families.
A few ideas and activities include:
1. Attend concert or musical in your community. The memory of shared music is a great way to reminisce.
2. Rekindle the fun of a long-ago activity. Maybe miniature golf was a favorite outing that you shared with your grandparents.
3. Prepare a special meal or dessert. Is Boston Cream Pie or a juicy steak a favorite dish of your grandmother’s? Consider adapting a cherished recipe or visiting a favorite restaurant.
4. Does your grandfather relish the great outdoors? How about a visit to a neighborhood park or nearby state park? If a walk isn’t in the picture, a slow drive down the shady lanes may be just perfect.
5. How about an afternoon spent sharing family lore and funny stories? Every generation can get in on the act of hamming it up with a joke, skit or song about Grandmother!
Do you want to know more about National Grandparents Day? Visit grandparents-day.org
to read more about the Mrs. McQuade and her lifetime passion of serving as an advocate for seniors. Or, visit grandparents.com
for more ideas on how to celebrate your family!