It’s that time of the year again when we celebrate grandparents! Traditionally observed on the first Sunday after Labor Day, this year we celebrate Grandparents Day on September 12th. But why do we observe this day? What does history say about Grandparents Day?
Why Do We Celebrate Grandparents Day?
We all know that grandparents are the best! They’re usually full of wisdom, fun and a sense of humor. Grandparents Day is a day where we honor grandparents and all they have done for us throughout our lives. It’s also a time to show appreciation for all the things they are still doing for us now. This important day is the ideal time to educate others about the importance of seniors and what they’ve contributed throughout history.
What is the History of Grandparents Day?
Many people are unaware that Grandparents Day exists, but in 1978 West Virginian native Marian McQuade campaigned for the U.S. Senate to create a special day to celebrate and honor grandparents across America. That same year, to celebrate and honor the country’s grandparents, President Jimmy Carter signed into law a special day of recognition for grandparents.
As Grandparent’s Day gained more popularity, forget-me-nots were designated the official flower of this day. These flowers represent true love and respect, the perfect symbol for the celebration of grandparents. There’s even an official song for National Grandparents Day called “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill (https://youtu.be/bLOzFrc4ulc).
With an upbeat tempo, Johnny Prill addresses the affectionate relationship he shares with his grandparents in this simple tribute. The song commemorates all grandmothers and grandfathers in a catchy way that kids can sing along.
What are Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day?
Grandparents are known to shower their grandkids with love, support, and gifts, of course. What better way to celebrate their love for the family than with a special day of recognition.
Grandparent’s Day is all about celebrating your grandparents’ sacrifices, their unconditional love and happy memories shared together over time. Show them that you appreciate everything they do by surprising them on this special day!
Here are a few ways to celebrate grandparents:
- Take the time to enjoy a hobby with them
- Cook them breakfast in bed with their favorite dish
- Write letters to them from the kids and read it together
- Send your grandparents on an overnight trip so they can enjoy some time away from home
- Take pictures of them and their grandchildren to share with the family
- Have a family dinner and reminisce about the old days
Grandparent’s Day is not just about celebrating your grandparents; it’s also an opportunity for you to reflect on all of the love they’ve given, time spent together and memories created as a family.