Grandparents Day: Celebrating With Your Heart and Not Your Pocketbook

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Grandparents Day is a wonderful holiday that's celebrated best with the heart, not the pocketbook. Below you'll find some great ways to celebrate Grandparents Day as a grandparent, parent, or grandchild, that really brings out the true reason for this special day.

The Purpose of Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is a day for showing love and strengthening the bond between grandparents and their grandchildren.

It's also a great day to appreciate everyone in your life who has taken on the role of a grandparent.

The First Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day was founded by Marian McQuade of West Virginia and was first celebrated nationally in 1979. For more on the history of Grandparents Day, you can read about the history of Grandparents Day and view the official proclamation. It's an interesting story that makes Grandparents Day even more meaningful to our nation.

When Grandparents Day Is Celebrated

Grandparents Day is celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year Grandparents Day is September 11, 2016.

The Gift of Time

What do grandparents want the most for Grandparents Day? They want to spend time with their grandchildren of course. A visit between a grandparent and their grandchild is a special time for everyone.

Just sitting and talking with a grandparent is enough of a gift for Grandparents Day.

If you want to liven things up a bit, here are some Grandparents Day activities that they can enjoy together. These include crafts, singing, grandparent-grandchild interviews, puzzles, playing, starting traditions, and more.

Gifts From the Heart

Grandparents love getting mail and these Grandparents Day cards are a quick but still meaningful way to let them know how much you love them.

They can all be printed off from a computer and then either mailed or hand delivered to grandma and grandpa.

If you want to give grandparents a gift that they will truly treasure, they'd love to receive something that the grandchild has spent time on and made just for them. These Grandparents Day crafts can all be made with items you all ready have on hand. Grandchildren will love creating something special for their grandparent.

There are also some Grandparents Day coloring pages that you can print out and let the kids color. These make great gifts that can be put in the mail or brought to the grandparents.

It Really Is the Thought That Counts

If you can't visit your grandparents on this special day in honor of them then take a few minutes to call them and tell them how much they mean to you. It will make their day and yours quite a bit brighter. You can read them a Grandparent's Day poem if you need some help finding just the right words.