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September 07, 2020 2 min read

In the current modern days, society often assumed that Grandparents Day resulted from lobbying by florists, greeting card companies, and other similar businesses. This idea could not be farther from the actual truth. Grandparents Day is a day for celebrating the connections between the generations, and its origin was decidedly noncommercial. The holiday has remained fairly true to its roots till this very day.

The Origins of Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day is a national holiday, celebrated each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.The roots of Grandparents Day go back to the year 1956 when a West Virginia mother named Marian McQuade was helping to organize a community celebration for those over 80, became aware of the many nursing home residents who were forgotten by their own families. She wanted a holiday to bring attention to these forgotten individuals and to honor all grandparents. In 1973, West Virginia became the first state to have such a day. Marian McQuade and others then shifted their efforts to the national level and achieved success in 1978.

There are three purposes for National Grandparents Day:

  1. To honor grandparents.
  2. To give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children.
  3. To help children become aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.

Celebrate Grandparents Day

Not sure how to celebrate Grandparents’ day? Here are some ideas!

  1. Make time to visit your grandparents and have a simple meal with them! This would usually please most grandparents.
  2. Go on a family outing. For example, a visit to the park or museum.
  3. Spend quality time with them at home with board games, card games, or puzzles. They are simple but are low-key amusements. 
  4. Send them a sweet surprise! Flowers are always a good idea when it comes to expressing your heartfelt appreciation.

Send fresh flower arrangements and extend your gratitude to your beloved grandparents today! Here at Flower Chimp, we have flowers so all occasions! With our services, make your grandparents feel loved and appreciated while a wide smile is plastered on their faces. Surprises are always sweet, especially when it comes from those you keep close to your heart.