Here are a few fun facts about National Grandparents Day:
- Grandparents Day was founded by a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia - Marian McQuade. (We housewives just think of the best ideas!)
- Marian and her husband, Joe, have 15 children and 40 grand children. I bet they go ALL OUT with this celebration!
- Marian was a great advocate for nursing home elderly, wanting to recognize and visit with them throughout the entire year, not just Christmas. (This is such a good reminder for me!)
- In 1978, President Jimmy Carter declared that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Here is the founder, Marian McQuade
- Call you Grandparents and say "Happy Grandparents Day"...duh! This one is mostly for me. Sometime I get too caught up in the details (crafts we could make, food we could bring, flowers we could order) when just recognizing someone is really the best detail of all!
- Make a copy of your Grandparents wedding picture and frame it.
- Go over to their house for a visit and ask about their love story. Speaking of love stories... Ironically enough I just borrowed this book, The Wedding, from my Grandma :) It was a follow-up from The Notebook and soo good!
- Visit a nursing home other than Christmastime!
- AND..for the best celebration of all...if you happen to live in New Mexico and want to celebrate with Marian's own children (and who wouldn't?!) here is a link to their own party details :)
Happy Grandparents Day!
PS - visit the actual Grandparents Day site for all the details you can handle!