Sunday, September 9, 2012

September 9th :: National Grandparents Day

Happy National Grandparents Day!  Who loves their Grandparents...meeee!  Who loves that their parents are now Grandparents to their kids...meee!  Well, let's celebrate then :)

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

Looking to celebrate this awesome Daily Occasion?  Here are a few super easy ways...

  • 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!

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