Grandparent's Day Guide
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Grandparent’s Day Guide

Grandparent’s Day Guide

Grandparents day is right around the corner and it is time to celebrate your wonderful grandparents that brought up your parents to be the amazing individuals they are today. So let’s spoil our grandparents as they spoil us this upcoming National Grandparent’s Day!

When is Grandparent’s Day?

In 2019 it is on September 8th. Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in September after Labor Day and is the perfect time to spend some quality time together.

Why do we celebrate Grandparents Day?

Marian McQuade began a campaign in 1970 to establish a national day that would honor grandparents. In 1978 President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Each year the current president issues a proclamation to keep the tradition going.

Does Grandparent’s day have an official flower and song?

Yes, it does. The official flower is the forget-me-not and the song is by Johnny Prill’s “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa.” Both were chosen by the National Grandparents Day Council

Fun activities to do:

Most grandparents don’t care what activity they are doing- they just want to spend time with their grandchildren.

  1. Have your grandparents show the children one of there favorite hobbies or places they like to go to.
    1. Examples: Baseball game, out fishing, childhood game(s) (board or cards), car shows, etc.
  2. If your grandparents prefer a calmer approach may be, ask them to show you their favorite movie given that it is hopefully family-friendly or have an enjoyable picnic together.

No matter what the best Grandparent’s day activity involves you and your grandparents together, celebrating your family and each other.

Gift Ideas:

  1. Often grandparents will get a store-bought card and gift card, however, they prefer a homemade card as they are made and created from the heart.
  2. Field trips: If your grandfather loves fishing maybe go fishing together as a family. Another option is if they love sports like baseball, football, or even Nascar take them to a game or race. This is a memory that they will always remember.
  3. Bake some treats: If your grandparents love baking why not bake some special treats with them. A sweet treat for dessert that is made with love not only satisfy our stomach but also your heart. If they love to cook but you are unable to cook with them a new oven mitt that has a handprint on it would be a great way to provide helping hands. (Helping Hands Kitchen Mitt)You could even add a saying or a bow to give it the extra personal touch.

**Warning: Watch out if it involves sprinkles as toddlers like to use too many. **Great Grandpa and JackGrandparents day Guide - Great grandma and Jack

  1. Create some amazing pieces of art:
    1. Decorate a flowerpot:
      1. You can put handprints on it or anything your imagination thinks of.
      2. You can just put grandparents’ names on it or a custom saying for instance, “Grandparents make my heart bloom.”

        Flowerpot decoration
        Photo by Stephanie Ho
    2. Garden ideas:
      1. Garden stepping stone: decorated stepping stone with your name, handprint, footprint, or more. Let your imagination go wild. Personalized Heart Garden Stone
    3. Canvas art:
      1. Spell love with O being a handprint and a V with two little feet.
      2. You are my sunshine with a circle and handprints all around.
      3. A family tree with fingerprints.Handprints Personalized Canvas Tiles
    4. Glass ideas:
      1. Custom plate or mug with grandma’s favorite recipe or saying.
        1. The only thing needed is a white plate or mug and some sharpies.
      2. Sun Catchers.
      3. Mason Jar Vase- Paint a mason jar and put your child’s handprint on it then fill with some amazing wildflowers.
        1. Don’t have wildflowers nearby? You can use coffee filters and pipe cleaners to create your own flowers.

          Flowers in a mason jar
          Photo by Lisa Fotios
    5. Photo Crafts:
      1. Make a garden of pictures: Put pictures of you on different flowers and place them in a pot with some fake grass. (May need some stereophone on the bottom to hold them in place or beads.)
      2. You can take some old puzzle pieces and create a picture frame with a saying at the bottom like, “Love you to pieces.”
  1. Store-bought gifts:
    1. One year we gave a custom photo blanket which is now a staple in my in-laws living room.
    2. An engraved picture frame from Things Remembered or PersonalizationMall with a beautiful family photo inside.
    3. A custom pillow that you can buy or make if you would like to say something like “There is no place like Grandma’s and Grandpa’s.”
    4. A custom mug with pictures of you and your grandparents having a magnificent time.

Grandparents Day Poems:

I have to recommend FamilyFriendlyPoems.com for this as they have some amazing poems that would be absolutely perfect.

My Favorite Grandparents Day Quotes:

A grandma’s heart is a patchwork of love. ~Author unknown

Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things. ~Author unknown

They say genes skip generations. Maybe that’s why grandparents find their grandchildren so likable. ~Joan McIntosh

A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart. ~Author unknown

Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation. ~Lois Wyse

Grandmas never run out of hugs or cookies. ~Author unknown

There’s no place like home… except Grandma’s. ~Author unknown

What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars’ worth of pleasure. ~Gene Perret

Grandmothers are just antique little girls. ~Author unknown

Grandfathers are just antique little boys. ~Author unknown

In Conclusion:

On Grandparents Day it is really about the thought that counts. Just make sure your grandparents know you are thinking of them. I truly hope you enjoy grandparent’s day and all the ones in the future.

Sincerely,

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