Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives a lot this year, there are still several great ways to celebrate Grandparents Day safely.
Grandparents Day is an annual holiday that gives us all a chance to send some extra love to some of the best people in our lives — grandparents! Celebrated on the Sunday directly after Labor Day each year, this year’s Grandparents Day is today, September 13.
Although Grandparents Day celebrations usually involve family dinners or sweet treats served up at our child’s school, this year’s Grandparents Day looks a little bit different. However, the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t have to completely cancel Grandparents Day. In fact, there are several ways you can still celebrate Grandparents day safely this year.
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Do A Socially-Distanced Visit
Although hugging grandparents and spending time in close quarters with them isn’t fully recommended right now, you can still visit your grandma and grandpa if they live nearby. Experts recommend outdoor visits if at all possible and also stress that wearing masks and maintaining distance is important.
If you want to enjoy a meal with your grandparents during the visit, consider doing a picnic where everyone can bring their own sandwiches or other food items so that you don’t have to share utensils or serve out of the same tray. You can also simply order food to-go from a restaurant and take it to an outdoor area to sit and eat.
Connect Through Technology
If grandparents don’t live close enough to visit today, don’t worry! Thanks to modern technology, it’s easy to connect with loved ones who live anywhere in the world. Thanks to apps like FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, or even Facebook Messenger, you can now easily sit down and hold a video conference with grandparents anywhere, anytime.
If live connection isn’t possible, though, that’s not a problem either! You can use your smartphone or even a web-based app like Loom to make a video for the grandparents so that they can watch it when they’re free. You can simply email the video or even set it up as a private YouTube or Vimeo video that only people with the link can access. The other great thing about having the kids make a video is grandparents can watch it over and over again when they need a quick pick-me-up.
Drop A Care Package With Handwritten Notes
If seeing grandparents in-person or even online isn’t possible because they live in a nursing home that isn’t allowing visitors right now, consider dropping a care package off that includes handwritten notes and pictures. You can include some of the grandparent’s favorite items or fun gifts that remind you of them to bring a smile to their face. Of course, handwritten notes and pictures drawn by the kids will not only make them smile, but they will have a blast showing them off to staff and fellow roommates at the facility.
Learn About Family History
Many grandparents worry that what they have to say is outdated and unimportant, but we all know that isn’t the case! In fact, you can help grandparents feel like their past is important by having the kids host an interview or even just request to hear about some family history on this Grandparents Day. If possible, allow them the time and opportunity to share old pictures, letters, and other memorabilia. Not only will they love showing off little pieces of history, but chances are your kids will find it fascinating to see old black and white photos or handwritten letters from “back in the day.”
Grocery Shop For Them
Sometimes celebrating doesn’t have to include a big party or even some grand gesture. So if you want to keep things simple or express your love in a more practical way, ask the grandparents in your life if you can take care of some of their shopping on this Grandparents Day. You can pick up some needed groceries or even add some new clothes to their wardrobe. If they need specific items, you can call them beforehand or even just ask them to share a digital list with you so that you know exactly what to get. You can even crank this idea up a notch by enlisting children to help pick up items and do the shopping for their grandparents.
Although this Grandparents Day may look a little different, that doesn’t mean you can’t still find some creative ways to show the grandparents in your life that you love them and care about them deeply. By using these suggestions or others, you can show someone just how much you care and make their day. Just don’t forget that Grandparents Day isn’t the only day we should be showing our relatives how much we love them — try to call and catch up with older family members as often as you can.
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