There’s nothing quite like the relationship between a grandparent and grandchild. There’s wonder, hope, adoration and, of course, plenty of smiles. Grandchildren learn so much from their grandparents, and in turn, grandparents find joy in spending time with loved ones who remind them that age is just a number.
Sunday, Sept. 11, is Grandparents Day, which is the perfect time to celebrate this special relationship. Here are some ideas for making the day extra special.
Cook a Family Recipe
Families cooking together is a wonderful tradition, and when you add an heirloom recipe into the mix, you bring extra meaning to the occasion. Choose a recipe that has been passed down through the generations and go through it step by step, allowing the grandparents to take the lead. When you’re done, enjoy a special meal or treat together to celebrate your hard work.
Eating outside is always special for kids, so invite the grandparents over for a personalized picnic and everyone can rejoice. Whip up portable foods, grab drinks, pack up snacks and you have the makings of a grand time! Whether you head to the backyard or a local park, it’s a fun way to eat and celebrate. The beautiful alfresco dining will only be topped by the fun you’re sure to have together.
Grandparents Day is the ideal time to celebrate different generations, and you can create a lasting keepsake by scheduling a family photography session at JCPenney Portraits. Everyone can dress up, and the photographer can suggest special poses that highlight the love between family members. Multigenerational photos will be cherished by all for years to come and also make fantastic gifts.
Whether you make a craft as a gift for Grandma and Grandpa or plan an activity everyone can do together, make time for creativity. For example, handprint art is meaningful and easily customizable. Use paint on your child’s hand to create a handprint that, once dry, can be turned into a bookmark. If grandparents are present, place the child’s print in the middle and then add grandparents’ hands surrounding it on the sides for a precious representation of love that can be framed or displayed proudly on the fridge.
Celebrations from Afar
Even if grandparents live far away, you can make time to celebrate this special day. Plan a video chat session, but don’t stop there. Consider drawing pictures that you can show off to grandparents during the video, or practice a short play or puppet show that you can perform for them. For older kids, try playing a virtual board game together. For younger kids, invite Grandma or Grandpa to call back later so they can read a special story during bedtime.
No matter how you decide to mark the occasion, it’s important to recognize grandparents for all they do. Even a simple “thank you” and a big hug can mean the world to them.
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