Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, Poppa... Whatever you call them I'm sure you have fond memories of your grandparents. Show them how much you care by honoring them on Grandparents Day! Give them a call, make them a card or send them a gift - any token of your love will surely be appreciated. If you no longer have any grandparents, consider visiting or volunteering at a local nursing home.
The movement for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife from West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor 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.
If you're looking to give your grandparents something special, here are a few suggestions.
Photo Book - You can create these at places like snapfish.com.
Gift Baskets - Find one that fits your grandparent's interests like gardening baskets, book gifts and more. Or you can center the gift around their favorite foods like a basket filled with Italian Foods (pasta, sauces, etc), Grilling Helpers (seasonings, grill tools, etc.) or their favorite desserts!
Picture Frame - Place a special photo in a frame for your grandparent or buy a collage frame and include pictures from various years.
Gift Card or Tickets - A gift card to their favorite restaurant or tickets to an event like a movie or play.
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I wish I would have asked my grandparents more questions. I would have loved to hear more about the "simpler" times - when they lived on the farm, how it was having 9 kids in one small house, etc. I've come across some fill-in gift books that ask questions about a grandparent's life. This would make a very special keepsake. If you haven't already done this - don't hesitate! Or you'll be like me and wish you had when it's too late.