Did you know that there is an official National Grandparents Day in the United States? It is celebrated on the first Sunday following Labor Day. In 2011, Grandparents Day will fall on September 11, 2011.
The White House, through President Jimmy Carter declared a national holiday to honor the parents of parents. It was hoped that this special day would encourage families to visit the elderly and give meaningful gifts to the previous generation.
What a great excuse for some fun celebrating and honoring the generation before us! This would be a good time to teach your children about their family heritage and ancestors. Find the old photos and journals that have been passed down in your family and explore where you came from.
Here are some great quotes about grandparents…
The old are the precious gems in the center of the household. Chinese
To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root. Chinese
You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. Irish
If nothing is going well, call your grandmother. Italian
A people without history is like wind on the buffalo grass. Siuox
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and the parents are the pride of their children. Traditional
Perfect love sometimes does not come until the first grandchild. Welsh
A great and lasting activity to do on Grandparents Day is to have your child record or video tape the grandparent telling some stories from their own childhood. Grandpa will love bringing up the old memories and your child will have a lasting legacy to cherish in later years and hand down to his own kids someday!
Your family could also consider taping your parents reading a favorite bedtime story or singing a fun song that is important to the family. Grandparents Day is a beautiful reminder to honor the elder generations in our families. Why not have a party and go all out for them?