We sometimes take our grandparents for granted; forgetting to visit, call or even text them (they are getting more and more savvy tech these days!) But our grandparents are partially responsible for giving us life, so shouldn’t we recognize these important people that much more?
The woman who founded Grandparents Day, Marian McQuade, thought so, and then some! According to Grandparents-Day.com, her goal for starting Grandparents Day was to “persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide (2014).
McQuade started her campaign to make Grandparents Day a National Holiday in 1970, and in 1978, she made it happen. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Grandparents Day was to be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
McQuade herself had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grand child. She envisioned Grandparents Day as a time for family “enjoying small, private gatherings, perhaps even a family reunion, or participating in community events” (2014). Since its inception, McQuade has been firm in her view that the holiday “should not become overly commercialized, and that young and old remember its fundamental spirit” (2014).
In order to celebrate Grandparents Day, here are some ideas to make the day even more special for the older adults in our lives.
- Make them a heart warming gift.
- Host a dinner party or go out to their favorite restaurant.
- Call/Skype/Text or just hangout with them if they live nearby!
Here are some more ideas thanks to ListDen.com— Top 10 Perfect Gifts for Your Grandparents.
Whether you plan on spending time with your grandparents, parents, siblings or friends this weekend, make sure to laugh, have fun, and cherish every minute you have with each other.
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