Grandparents Day 2017

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National Grandparents Day is annually observed on the first Sunday after the Labor Day in United States in order to honor grandparents and senior citizens. . The purpose of observing this day is to strengthen the bond between the older and younger generation and make the latter aware of the guidance that the former can offer. 


Facts about Grandparents Day

Below you will find details on the origin of this event, when it is to be celebrated in 2017 and the official flower and song for this occasion.

Origin of National Grandparents Day

  • Grandparents Day observance was actually the idea of Marian McQuade, a West Virginia homemaker. She was a national leader in senior issues and had campaigned to establish a special day of observance for the senior citizens.

  • Marian McQuade’s campaign was successful in 1978 when the U.S. President, Jimmy Carter officially proclaimed the Sunday after the Labor Day as National Grandparents Day.

  • This was followed by the first observance of this occasion on Sunday, September 9, 1979.
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National Grandparents Day 2017

  • Grandparents Day 2017 is to be celebrated on the 10th of September. The reason behind choosing the month of September is to indicate that the grandparents are in the autumn years of their lives.
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Grandparents Day Flower and Song

  • The forget-me-not is considered as the official flower for this occasion. This flower serves as the symbol of lasting memories between grandparents and the young generation.


The Grandparents Day song is "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa," by Johnny Prill. 



Chorus:
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you
I love all those little things that you say and do
A walk through the park, a trip to the zoo
Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you

Verse One:
Going to a ball game, fishing on the lake
Eating Grandma's cookies, boy they sure taste great
Going to the circus when it comes to town
Eating cotton candy and laughing at the clowns

Chorus:
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you
I love all those little things that you say and do
A hug and a kiss, a ride home from school
Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you

Verse Two:
Spending time together, talking on the phone
Happy birthday presents, chocolate ice cream cones
Photographs and memories, picnics and parades
Saying that you love me in so many ways

Chorus:
Oh Grandma, Grandpa, you know that I love you
I love all those little things that you say and do
The stories you tell, things I never knew
Oh Grandma, Grandpa I love you

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Celebrations for this Event

  • This event is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. On this day, people visit their older friends and relatives and do things to show respect to the seniors in their family. 
  • National Grandparents Day Council organized by the descendents of Marian McQuade promotes activities and events to encourage young people to take care of seniors.
  • They have state representatives to organize songwriting, essay writing, art and poetry contests on Grandparents Day for better interaction between seniors and their children.
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National Grandparents Day Activities

Below is a list of activities that help establish a sense of togetherness between grandparents and children on this day.

    Hiking:

  • People prefer to explore trails with their grandchildren on National Grandparents Day. They take advantage of packages offered by companies which organize hiking, motorcycling and kayaking. Some people prefer to go hiking on their own, as they have plans to turn the hike into a treasure hunt. What they basically do is engage the children in finding out the pictures of flowers, insects, and items hidden in the hiking trails. This is how they make the young minds active and intelligent. Hiking helps the young people discover new varieties of plants and insects, and explore nature at its splendid best.
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    Fishing or an aquatic experience:

  • Some grandparents love to go for a fishing excursion with their children on National Grandparents Day. This fun activity not only helps them spend great time with each other but also gives them an opportunity for serious bonding.

  • Apart from fishing,people love to have an aquatic experience like participating in scuba diving. In such activities, they encourage their children to enjoy an encounter with a variety of aquatic animals like sharks and fishes. So, if you’d like to engage your children in fun activities on Grandparents Day 2017, you may choose fishing or scuba diving. 
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    Going on a family outing:

  • This is one of the best ways to let the young and old family members connect better. So, with food, fun and games, a family outing often turns out to be a great opportunity for bonding.
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Starting a tradition:

On National Grandparents Day, people encourage their young ones to start a tradition in their family. For example, they make the young people go on a fishing trip every year on this day. In some families, there’s the tradition of cooking new recipes or visiting seniors in a nursing home on this occasion. There are families where children are encouraged to write Grandparents Day poems and recite them to their seniors. You too may encourage your children to write such poems on Grandparents Day 2017.


Grand Parents Day Messages

Grandpa your words are my strength and your stories of success in life are my inspiration. Thank you for your love, care and support.
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Your wisdom guides me always.. grandpa you are indispensable to my life!
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There's no one like you who gives so much is such a loving way. In this whole world there is no one like you and no one who loves you more than we do.
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Grandma and grandpa, I am sending you hugs and kisses from your favorite grandchild to spoil.
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A grandparent is a special part of all that's cherished in the heart.
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Every year you just get sweeter, nicer, wiser, too. Happy Grandparents Day.
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Great-Granddad, I could hug you forever. You're just so huggable! Happy Grandparents Day!
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You make my life more wonderful. You're my own special ray of sunshine! Happy Grandparents Day!

Grandparents Day Gift Ideas

Below you will find details on the origin of this event, when it is to be celebrated in 2015 and the official flower and song for this occasion.

Fill-a-Wish Jar: 

  • You can write down 10 to 20 wishes that you'd like to fulfill for your grandparents.
  • Use strips of colored paper to put your thoughts depending upon the age of your seniors.
  • Your grandparents will feel happy to find that you have shown your interest toward fulfilling their wishes.
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A Collection of Classic Movies on DVD:

  • There are a wide variety of classic movies and TV shows available on DVDs. Just try to find out what your grandparents prefer and choose the ones that can interest them.
  • It'll be one of the ideal Grandparents Day gift ideas for your seniors.
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Personalized Keepsakes:

  • One of the stunning Grandparents Day gift ideas is to look for online gifts like personalized keepsakes that are available in the form of stylish flower vases.
  • These vases are made of sparkling glass which provides an eye-catching display of the flowers inside them. Such vases can be personalized by having your grandparents' names engraved on them. 
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Healthy Gift Baskets:

  • You'll find gift baskets that come with a variety of healthy snacks and food items that seniors will relish.
  • You can gift such a present to your grandparents on Grandparents Day. Some of the items you may find in such baskets are banana chips, biscuits made of almond, pretzels, wheat crackers, dried cranberries, and blueberry spread (with no sugar). 
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Personalized Photo Mugs

  • Whether your grandparents love a cup of hot coffee or they prefer tea, let them enjoy it in a personalized photo mug
  • The best thing about such a mug is that you can add any photo you prefer to make the mug an exciting gift for your grandparents. 
  • You may choose a photo of your grandparents with you. Alternatively, you may select a photo that reminds your grandparents of a memory they cherish in their hearts.
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Grandparents' Journal: 

  • One of the best Grandparents Day gift ideas is to present a special journal where your grandparents can pen down their memories and share exciting stories of their lives with their dear ones.
  • You may look for journals available online. This will help you personalize such a gift by adding photos of your choice on the cover of the journal. 
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Customized Aprons:

  • If your granny loves cooking and spending long hours at the kitchen, why not gift her a personalized apron? What's special about such aprons is that you can add your own photos reflecting special memories with your granny. Just make sure you choose good quality aprons which will make that perfect gift for your favorite cook! 
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A Piece of Stylish Pendant:

  • A polished sterling silver pendant that comes with a silver chain can best describe your love and warmth toward your grandmother
  • This is indeed one of the most beautiful Grandparents Day gifts that can make your grandmother smile on this special day.
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Personalized Tote Bag:

  • One of the most interesting Grandparents Day gift ideas is to look for a personalized tote bag for your grandmother. This is one gift that will surely fill your grandmother's heart with joy. 
  • The best thing about such bags is that you can customize them by adding photos of a beautiful landscape that would add to the look of the bag. 
  • An interesting idea for the tote bag is to decorate it by adding photos of the cartoon characters of your family members. It'll be one of the funniest Grandparents Day gift ideas which are sure to excite your grandmother. 
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A Special Chess Board:

  •  One of the most exciting Grandparents Day gifts is to offer a chess board made of premium quality wood.
  • Your grandfather is sure to appreciate such a loving gift with which he can spend hours in his retirement years. 
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Tealight Candle Holder:

  • You may go for a cute tealight candle holder which can serve as one of the exciting Grandparents Day gift ideas for your seniors.
  • Such a gift can be personalized by having your grandparents' names engraved on the wooden base of the candle holder.
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Gardening Kits:

  • One of the most interesting Grandparents Day gifts is a gardening kit that comes with stylish 3-4 ceramic containers having different herbs.
  • In addition, such a kit may have a tray with some seeds and soil. There's also a booklet with instructions and tips on gardening. 
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Last Updated: 31st August, 2017