National Grandparents Day, the first Sunday after Labor Day, is the perfect time to connect with Grandma and Grandpa whether they are close to home or far away.
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter created National Grandparents Day as a day for our nation to pause and reflect on the influence our grandparents have had on our lives.
So this year, honor your grandparents with a hug and a kiss, a family dinner or a special phone call.
5 Great Ways to Celebrate
Call them up or set up a video chat date
- It’s always nice to hear the familiar voice of a loved one, especially on a day when they know they’ll be receiving extra attention. Pick up the phone and sing them the National Grandparents Day Song or show them your special Grandparents Day dance over Skype or Google+ to express how much you appreciate them.
- One famous grandparent, former President George H. W. Bush, celebrated his 85th birthday by skydiving from 10,500 feet above the coast of Maine. If your grandparents aren’t into jumping out of planes, you can spend a day at the zoo or have dinner at their favorite restaurant. Whether it’s a trip out of town or a flight to a tropical island, you’re bound to create unforgettable moments together.
Have a mini family gathering
- Sometimes, the simplicity of having family around is all they need. Gather the grandkids to help cook dinner for the night, or flip through old photos or watch videos of Grandma’s first swim meet and Grandpa’s high school graduation.
Join in on their hobbies
- You’re much more likely to see grandparents working out than sitting in rocking chairs these days-today’s grandparents tend to be much more active than prior generations. This year, try introducing them to a dancing class or just ask them to show you a few gardening tips. Spending time doing something active is a surefire way to have a great Grandparent’s Day.
Prepare their specialty
- Think about that joy you get when your grandparents cook those empanadas you’re always craving or when they bake their famous lemon squares. This time, save them a trip to the kitchen by trying your hand at one of their secret recipes. While you’re at it, stop by the grocery store and stock up on supplies for them. Of course, your attempts may not live up to the origianal chefs, but they’ll appreciate the effort. *****Thank You to the American Red Cross for this information