Sunday, September 8 is National Grandparent’s Day!
Grandparent’s Day is a holiday celebrated the first Sunday after Labor Day. Its purpose is to celebrate both maternal and paternal grandparents.
National Grandparent’s Day is what you might call an under publicized holiday. And yet, this year will mark its forty-first year of existence since being signed into law in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter.
So what is the purpose of Grandparent’s Day and how can you celebrate?
The entire point of Grandparent’s Day is to celebrate family. The goal is for grandchildren to honor their grandparents, and for grandparents to spend time with their grandchildren. Any activity that brings extended family together is perfect for the holiday. – For example, playing indoor or outdoor games, going to the zoo, spending time at the beach, enjoying a picnic, sharing a meal or going for a walk or hike.
Gift giving is not an expected part of Grandparent’s Day but it can be. The whole point is to celebrate family. – The only traditions that matter are the ones you create.
For those families separated by distance, you can still connect on Grandparent’s Day. You can send a card, letter, or package. You can plan to spend time together on Skype, FaceTime, or over the phone.
So from all of us to you, Happy Grandparent’s Day!