National Grandparents Day is a holiday to pay tribute to the special relationship many have with their grandparents. The origin of this day goes back to 1970, when Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia, launched a campaign to establish a day to honor grandparents. In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation, signed by President Jimmy Carter, proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.
Even though grandchildren and grandparents are generations apart, there are many ways to celebrate together. If you’re unable to celebrate together, there are still plenty of ways grandparents can be honored and appreciated. We’ve compiled some suggestions on how grandparents and grandchildren can celebrate together – near and far – this Grandparents Day.
For Grandparents that are Nearby: If you’re able to celebrate Grandparents Day together this year, then these ideas are ideal activities for participants of all ages.
- Arts and crafts. Younger children might love simple crafts, such as drawing a picture, while older grandchildren may enjoy learning a new craft, such as sewing, from a grandparent.
- Cooking. Whip up a grandparent’s favorite recipe together. No time to cook? Grandparents can still share their favorite recipe and why it’s their favorite.
- Share stories. Sometimes just a simple chat is all you need! Talk about the past and compare it to the present day. Do you remember a time before computers and the internet? Grandchildren may be fascinated with this “historical” time.
- Play board games. Board games can be fun for the whole family! There are so many to choose from that cater to all age groups.
- Volunteer together. Find something you’re both passionate about and volunteer for the day together! You’ll get to bond while doing some good, which sounds like a double win.
For Grandparents Far Away: If you’re unable to spend Grandparents Day together, don’t worry! There are still plenty of ways to celebrate this day.
- Send a Card. The day is about the bond between grandchildren and their grandparents, so both participants can send a card. Homemade cards are always nice, but if you personalize a store bought card with a sweet, personal message, that is great, too.
- Share Stories. You can still have that simple chat! Hop on the phone or computer for a call or video chat.
- Have a “Shared” Meal. Have you always enjoyed a particular meal together? Enjoy it today in the honor of that bond between grandchild and grandparent, even if you can’t actually share the meal.
- Reminisce. You don’t have to be together to look back at old photos and remember good times you’ve shared.
- Talk About Them. Share stories about your grandchild or grandparent with your friends. Show the world how proud you are to have such a great bond between the two of you.
National Grandparents Day isn’t just all about being together; it’s about honoring that relationship between grandchildren and grandparents. Everyone has something to give or share, and this is a great day for families to show guidance and love to one another. Everyone can participate near and far this year!