The History Of Grandparents Day
Marian McQuade hoped to establish a national day that would honor grandparents, and in 1970 she began a campaign to do so. McQuade raised awareness about senior citizens throughout the 1970s. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Each year, the president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going.
Not Your Average Commercial Holiday
Grandparents day isn’t a “buy a card and some flowers” commercial excuse for a holiday. There are actually three purposes for National Grandparents Day:
To honor grandparents.
To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children.
To help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.
A Family Day
Mrs. McQuade envisioned Grandparents Day to be a family day. It was about families enjoying small, private gatherings or family reunions celebrating your family’s heritage.
National Grandparents Day is the opportunity to publicly affirm the identity and importance of grandparents and the vital role they play in families. While it’s not your typical commercial holiday, it is about giving- sharing hopes, dreams, and values and also setting an example for future generations.
Although it’s not about gift giving, the kids still love to get a present. Here’s some of the ideas for gifts…
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Aprons for Grandma – My mom is a fantastic cook and the kids LOVE to help her in the kitchen.
Aprons for Grandpa– Is your Grandpa a grilling king? I know my Dad is King of the Grill in our family. The kids will tell you…”Papa makes good steaks!”
My kids LOVE to help their Grandparents cook…Cooking Supplies for Grandma & Grandpa
For the Sports Fan Grandparents.
Create a SmugMug album to share with Grandparent, or upload and order photo prints and gifts. What Grandparent wouldn’t love to be able to access up to date photos of the family? Plus, your photos are safe and secure.
Do you visit the Grandparents often? This Box Of Challange is a fun activity for the family to do! We do Tuesday night dinners with my parents, and the kids are over there through out the week as well. This is a fun way to mix things up a bit!