Last year at this time my parents and in-laws were brand new grandparents and I was still recovering from childbirth, so I didn’t even think about it being their first Grandparents Day. I want to give a big thanks to my Grandparents for being such wonderful, Christian examples to me and for all they have done for me over the years. I am sure my husband’s parents and my parents will be awesome grandparents to our sweet baby Anneliese as she grows up.
Why is Grandparents Day important anyway? Well, let me give you a little history along with some interesting facts about grandparents and this holiday. By the way, this year Grandparents Day falls on Patriot Day, in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, so don’t forget to take a moment and remember those who lost their lives a decade ago.
Grandparents Day History
Founder- In 1970 Marion McQuade campaigned for a Grandparents Day in the hope that it would spur more support for Senior Citizens as well as encourage people to honor their Grandparents.
In 1978 President Jimmy Carter officially made Grandparents Day the second Sunday in September.
Why September? It’s symbolic for senior citizens being in the autumnal years of their lives.
September 9, 1979- the first celebrated Grandparents Day in America.
Forget-Me-Nots became the official flower of Grandparents Day in 1999 to encourage lasting memories with Grandparents.
“A Song For Grandma and Grandpa” written by Johnny Prill, became the official song for Grandparents Day in 2004.
Grandparents Day Facts
80 Million- number of Grandparents in the U.S. in 2010.
47- average age of first time Grandparents.
7.5 Million- Grandchildren lived with a Grandparent in 2010.
4 Million- Approximate number of greeting cards that will be given out for Grandparents Day.
75% of the wealth in America is controlled by Grandparents.
62% have provided financial support to their adult children and grandchildren in the past year.
72% of Grandparents think that being a Grandparent is the most important and satisfying thing in their life.
Fun with Grandparents
Grandparents: Joke-able and Quotable
A grandfather was telling his little grandson what his own childhood was like:
“We used to ice skate outside on a frozen pond. I had a swing made from a tire that hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony around the yard. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.”
The little boy was wide-eyed, taking all this in. At last he said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner, Grandpa!”
What is a Grandparent, according to a small child?
“Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no children of their own. They like other people’s.”
“Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old, they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the store and have lots of quarters for us.”
How do you say Grandma and Grandpa around the world?
- Poland – Babcia and Dziadek
- Germany – Oma and Opa
- India – Nana-ji and Nani-ji
- Korea – Halmonee and Halabujee
- Greece – Ya-ya and Pa-pu
- Japan – Oba-chan and Oji-chan
- China – Popo and Gong-gong
- Italy – Nonna and Nonno
- Israel – Savta and Saba
- Cuba – Abuelita and Abuelito
Want some more name ideas from here in the United States?
Grandma – Gammi, Mima, Grams, Momsy, Nanoo, Snuggums, Gigi, Ganny, Nana, Grammy, Mamaw
Grandpa – Gumpa, Paps, Peepaw, Pawpaw, Banpa, Papa, Pappi, Gramps, Umpapa, Granddaddy