The history of National Grandparent's Day and ideas for grandparent celebrations #Being Parents#extended family#grandparents#holidays#lil kids#relationships#teens September 5 | Offbeat Editors offbeatbride By: Jay Gorman – CC BY 2.0 If you live in the United States you know how we just looooooove to make holidays for everyone, and September 8 is yet another: it's National Grandparent's Day! I'm a big fan of celebrating just about anything and anyone, so I'm totally on the Grandparent's Day train. While looking around for cute ideas for stuff my kid could do for his long-distance grandparents, I realized I don't know ANYTHING about the origins of the day. Anyone up for a history lesson/craft party? Let's do it. What Grandparent's Day is all about The idea for Grandparent's Day was originated by Marian McQuade from West Virginia. Originally, she was scheming a way for lonely elderly in nursing homes and retirement communities to have a nice day, and thought the day could double as a way for grandchildren to make a special point to sit with their grandparents and exchange ideas, memories, and general familial heritage. President Jimmy Carter declared the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparent's Day in 1978, and boom: a holiday was born. Ideas for celebrations There are actually a lot of resources for those looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Grandparent's Day. Here are a few that I especially liked: Compile your grandparent's life story This website has a free template you can download to help put together the life story of an individual. You could spin this a lot of ways: homeschooling families could incorporate constructing a life story in conjunction with a history lesson. The template could be modified to be preschooler-friendly and young kids could ask their grandparents their own questions. Kids in elementary, middle and high school could use this as a way to find out stuff about their grandparents that they might never have thought to ask about — and adults can use this as a gentle and easy way to connect with aging parents. Guys, the potential emotions! Volunteer in the Forget-Me-Not program I'm always a champion of volunteering, and the Forget-Me-Not program asks youth groups (Girl/Boy Scouts, synagogue groups, churches, junior high school groups, etc) to "adopt" a nearby facility. The kiddos visit the elderly and aging residents — time is an invaluable gift. Volunteers can also be nominated for awards. Color Grandpa and Grandma (or Grandma and Grandma, and so on) You can print out these templates and have your kiddos color Grandpa and Grandma. They're not the most non-white-family-friendly images, but with the right crayons you can probably make it work! How are you celebrating Grandparent's Day next week? Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo PREVIOUS A mid-life, post-cancer surprise baby and home birth NEXT Celebrate 42: Throw this Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy birthday party Show/Hide comments [ 1 ] My family is having a family potluck picnic at Silver Falls with my grandparents and all of their kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids who live in the state. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via emailGet only replies to your comment, the best of the rest, as well as a daily recap of all comments on this post. No more than a few emails daily, which you can reply to/unsubscribe from directly from your inbox. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.