We observe National Grandparents Day on the first Sunday following Labor Day. The date falls on September 11 this year. Our grand-parents are honored for a whole day just like mothers and fathers are. Children and grand-parents share a special bond that has been shown to increase children’s emotional stability and lengthen the lives of grand-parents. Grandparents Day is a chance to cherish that bond and spend some quality time as a family.
National Grandparents Day
When is the Grandparents Day in 2022?
The first Sunday after Labor Day, which falls on September 13 this year, is Grandparents Day.
History of Grandparents Day
Russell Capper, then nine years old, wrote President Nixon in 1969, urging him to designate a day to honor grand-parents. Rose Mary Woods, the President’s personal secretary, replied to his letter on June 12 with the following: “Dear Russell, I appreciate you writing to President Nixon. We appreciate your concept for a Grand-parents Day, but typically the President only proclaims days as special occasions to observe when given permission to do so by a Congressional resolution. With sincere greetings, The President’s personal secretary is Rose Mary Woods. After writing this letter, Marian McQuade received national recognition for founding National Grandparents Day from the U.S. Senate and President Jimmy Carter. McQuade sought to instill in the young people an appreciation for the value of elders and the contributions they have made to society throughout history. She advised the young people to “adopt” grand-parents so they could get to know their lives, difficulties, and aspirations for the future.
With the assistance of other senators, Senator Randolph introduced a joint resolution to the senate in 1977 asking the president to “issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday in September following Labor Day of each year as “National Grandparents’ Day.” The legislation was approved by Congress, designating the first Sunday following Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation on August 3, 1978, and it wasn’t until the following year that it was actually observed.
Traditions of the day
Grandparents shower their grandchildren and their offspring with an abundance of love, presents, and candy that they always seem to have on hand. Grand-parents are now praised and thanked for their resilience, love, nurture, and wisdom in exchange for the favor. Every family has its own unique history and traditions, so therefore, there are many ways to celebrate this day. We are confident you will find something to do together, whether it be looking through photo albums, having grandma bake your favorite dessert, spending time with your grand-parents at the park, or fixing the car in the garage with grandpa. Unfortunately, some grand-parents spend their days alone. The elderly can feel connected and that they are a member of a family by participating in community projects and volunteering at old-age homes.
How to celebrate Grandparents Day?
- Go visit your grandparents. Sometimes we lose sight of the value and uniqueness of our grandparents. We are aware that even a brief visit would make them delighted because they have a lot more free time than we do.
- Dinner with the family: Nowadays, it might be difficult to get family time, but planning a meal with your grandparents, parents, and siblings is a wonderful opportunity to spend time together. Additionally, we get to enjoy some traditional home food!
- Your granny may enjoy painting, whereas your grandfather may enjoy solving puzzles on Sundays. Their day would be brightened by some companionship, and you’ll probably have more fun than you anticipated.
Facts about Grandparents Day
- It Has Its Own Song. “A Song for Grandma and Grandpa” by Johnny Prill is the designated song for Grandparents Day.
- Its personal flower: The “forget-me-not” flower is the recognized flower.
- It’s not really a holiday today. Despite being declared a national holiday, it is more commonly observed than observed as a public holiday.
- 4 million cards were typically sent. It’s the least we can do since people are commemorating their grandparents with cards.
- Highest Day for Nursing Home Visits. There are many occasions when you might want to see your grandparents, but National Grandparents Day typically saw the most visits to nursing homes.
Why do we love Grandparents Day?
We love them, and they love us. Grand-parents are fond of us. They may have strong opinions and be obstinate, but ultimately they only have our best interests at heart. They are wiser than we realize. It’s not unexpected that our grand-parents picked up a few things after living such a full life and seeing so many different things. We should take the time to listen to them since they have so much to teach us. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. Let’s face it, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them. It only seems fair that we pay them back today for raising our parents and taking the time to indulge us when we were young.
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