5 Ways to Celebrate National Grandparents Day
Have you been celebrating National Grandparents Day with your loved ones? If not, you may want to make it a new tradition in your family. Celebrated in the United States since 1978, National Grandparents Day is a holiday celebrated all around the world. The U.S. Senate has nationally recognized Marian McQuade, a resident of Oak Hill, West Virginia, as the founder of National Grandparents Day. She encouraged younger generations to honor their grandparents year-round, with special emphasis on one day a year. National Grandparents Day is celebrated in the United States on the first Sunday after Labor Day, which typically falls in early September. Not sure how to honor your grandparents? Check out these 5 suggestions for how you can celebrate with your grandparent or grandparents on their special day.
1. Take your grandparents to a meaningful restaurant. Is there a restaurant where your grandparents used to love taking you when you were young? Or maybe a restaurant where your family celebrated a big milestone? What about a restaurant where your family used to celebrate all special occasions? Taking your grandparents to lunch or dinner at a meaningful restaurant is a great way to relive old memories and make new ones. You can establish a new tradition of visiting this restaurant together each Grandparents Day.
2. Join your grandparents in one of their favorite activities. Joining your grandparents in one of their favorite activities is a great way to bond, learn about their daily lives and express interest in the things they like to do. Whether it’s a short walk around their favorite park, bingo nights, playing cards or baking something in the kitchen, getting involved in their favorite activities is a great way to spend time together on Grandparents Day. You also can assist in tasks that might be difficult for them to do like washing the car, weeding the garden or cleaning hard-to-reach areas around the house.
3. Go through old family photos or show them some of your new photos. Grandparents love revisiting old memories. Celebrate with your grandparents by bringing them a meal from their favorite restaurant or cooking them a meal at their home and then sitting down to go through old photo albums together. This activity is especially great for grandparents who can’t get out of the house easily or who may live in a retirement home or special care facility. You can also show your grandparents some of your newer photos from recent milestones in your life. If they were unable to make it to a graduation, wedding or other special event, going through the photos together will help them feel as if they were there.
4. Get the whole family together and have a party in their honor. If most of your family lives close by, use Grandparents Day as a great excuse to get everyone together to celebrate and honor your grandparents. Pitch-ins, classic barbecues or picnics are a great way to get everyone involved and divide planning, prep and work evenly. Give everyone a chance to say a few words and express their appreciation for the guests of honor. You can also organize video tributes for family who live far away or arrange to have them hop on Skype or Google+ Hangout so they can be a part of the celebration.
5. Express your gratitude, love and support. Even if you can’t be with your grandparents on their special day, take time out of your day to call them and thank them for all they’ve done for you over the years. Remind them that you love them, support them and you’ll always be around to take care of them as they age, just as they once took care of you.
Whatever you decide to do for Grandparents Day, be sure to tell them how much you love and care for them. Taking the time to be together and celebrate is the greatest gift you could give them. Plan ahead as much as possible, be willing to pick them up if they can’t drive and encourage your siblings and cousins to join in or take them out separately. If you don’t have a living grandparent, you can choose a grandparent-like figure in your life and celebrate all they’ve done for you over the years.