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If you love your grandparents, then you’ll probably love today. Every year, the Sunday after Labor Day is designated as National Grandparents Day. Think of today as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day but for both your grandparents – what a treat!
Excitement aside, loving your grandparents and fully celebrating the myriad ways they contribute to your well-being can be two different things. For National Grandparents Day, make them one and the same with any of these five special ways to celebrate the occasion.
1. A phone call
It’s totally possible you don’t live anywhere close to your grandparents. If that’s the case, a phone call to your grandparents is sure to please them just as much as an in-person visit. Give your grandparents a ring late in the morning, wish them a happy National Grandparents Day, and tell them how much you love them. Stay on the phone with them a while and ask them how they are, what they’ve been up to, and whether they have any other fun stories to share. They might even regale you a tale from your earliest years that you were far too young to remember!
2. A surprise visit
If you live close enough to your grandparents to pull off a surprise visit, hop in your car and get going! Your grandparents will be delighted to find that the person knocking at their door or ringing their doorbell is their beloved grandchild. Make sure to arrive with an adorable, useful gift – a framed picture, a decorative pillow, or a houseplant will do the trick – and a thoughtful, meaningful card telling your grandparents how much they mean to you. (As a bonus, you can grab some things you might’ve accidentally left behind at their house).
3. A homecooked meal
If you can reach your grandparents, make a plan to go to their house for National Grandparents Day and prepare them a decadent holiday meal. You can make something you’ve been dying to try or ask your grandparents to teach you any recipes that have been shared in your family for decades. Not only will you get a wholesome moment with your grandparents, but you’ll also get some of the tastiest food you’ll have all month. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out these special peach, chocolate, chicken, and lasagna recipes.
4. A walk in the park
Nice day out? Take your grandparents to the park. A leisurely stroll is a great way to get in some light exercise for the whole family while enjoying all that the outside world has to offer. Any park in your area will do, but bonus points if you trek out to a larger state park two or three hours away. Just don’t turn a park trip into a hike too intense for the grandparents to handle.
5. A big family gathering
Just because it’s National Grandparents Day doesn’t mean your parents or kids should be left out! Reserve a big table at a nearby restaurant for the whole family, or invite everyone to your home for a massive feast. Your celebration of your grandparents can double as your parents celebrating their parents (or your kids celebrating their great-grandparents).
How do you celebrate National Grandparents Day? Share your ideas in the comments!