Forget-me-nots, the official flower of Grandparents Day.
Grandparents! Where would we be without them?
Traditionally observed on the first Sunday after Labor Day, National Grandparents Day is celebrated this year in the US and Canada on Sunday, September 11, 2016.
Why celebrate Grandparents Day?
There's Mother's Day and Father's Day... but why a special day just for grandparents?
Celebrating grandparents was a fairly new idea when West Virginian native, Marian McQuade, pressed the U.S. Senate to proclaim a special day for grandparents in 1978.
That same year, President Jimmy Carter signed the bill into law proclaiming special recognition for grandparents throughout the land.
Recognizing the importance of the older generation's role in setting the moral tone for the family and for passing on family traditions the President proclaimed: "It is appropriate, therefore, that as individuals and as a nation, that we salute our grandparents for their contribution to our lives."
As the popularity of Grandparents Day caught on, forget-me-nots were designated the official flower of Grandparents Day. Later, "A Song for Grandma and Grandpa" was officially proclaimed the day's official song in 2004. (Give a listen, below.)
Today, Grandparents Day remains a great excuse for family get-togethers -- marked with greeting cards, flower bouquets, special grandparents day gifts, or for treating grandparents to a dinner out or homemade feast in their honor.
"A Song for Grandma & Grandpa" was named the official song of Grandparents Day in 2004.
DID YOU KNOW? Grandparents Day fun facts
Grandparent raised. From top left,
a young Oprah Winfrey, Presidents
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama,
and actor Jack Nicholson.
• In the US and Canada, Grandparents Day is celebrated in September on the first Sunday after Labor Day, but in the UK it is celebrated on the first Sunday in October.
• Grandparents are wonderful caregivers (think about all the experience they have!) with more than 2 million grandparents in the US acting as the head of household.
• Famous people have been raised by their grandparents including Oprah Winfrey, Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, actor Jack Nicholson, singer Willie Nelson, funny lady Carol Burnett, and poet Maya Angelou.
• Grandparents are younger than ever with a median age of 48. More than half the grandparents in the United States are baby boomers and about 10% have tattoos!
• Popular names for grandparents around the world? In the US, it's grandma and grandpa. In Latin America and Spain it's abuela and abuelo. In Germany, oma and opa are traditional names for a grandmother and grandfather.
Around the Web, check out fun activities for the kids, e-cards to send, crafts to create,and family history to
explore - for a complete celebration of Grandparents Day ....
Grandparents Day Activity Kit - Find great ideas for celebrating the day including how to create a family tree, genealogy research, story telling,
scrapbooking and comprehensive links to related sites on grandparenting.
Grandparents Day at School - Here's a complete study guide with fun and educational activities including sample poems, music files, memory books, family trees and more.