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5 Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day at a Distance

Amber Brandt  |  September 06, 2020
Do your children’s grandparents live far away? If so, you’ve probably celebrated Grandparents Day from a distance for many years. But if you’re one of the thousands of families practicing social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, this Sunday may be the first time your kids trade in-person Grandparents Day hugs for virtual ones.
By now, you’re well aware of how proper CDC guidelines have adjusted in-person interactions, and it might feel like Zoom calls are getting a little stale. We know these five ideas are no substitute for a real family celebration, but they may help you make this Grandparents Day memorable, fun, (and delicious!) for your whole clan despite the miles.
  1. Cook and eat a meal “together.” Ask Grandma to send one of her favorite family recipes, gather the ingredients you need, and share a video call where both households prepare and enjoy the food in their respective homes. Make sure to jot down any additional advice she gives you along the way that differs from the recipe. Grandmas always have a special touch. 
  2. Share some giggles. Play a few rounds of MadLibs online and read your responses aloud to each other. 
  3. Send snail mail. Drop a care package in the mail for Grandpa to be opened as you watch. Everyone loves to receive unexpected mail, and when it’s a box of thoughtful goodies you love – even better. Send puzzle books or word searches, individually wrapped hard candies, a cozy sweater for fall, slippers, or a favorite box of tea. Don’t forget to include hand-drawn art from the kids for him to hang on his fridge, or print a few digital family photos so he has a hard copy. 
  4. View an old favorite. Make a date to watch a favorite show or movie at the same time and share your reactions. Are your parents super into “Wheel of Fortune” or “Jeopardy”? Maybe they have a classic family movie they love. Plan to tune in together and turn a normal family activity into something fresh.
  5. Conduct an interview. Special occasions and holidays are a great excuse to talk about things that may not come up on a normal day. Sit down with your kids and create a fun list of questions, then have them interview their grandparent. Be sure to include questions that prompt funny memories, favorite family moments, and even personal values and passions they’ve adopted.
Even though the distance can be disheartening at times, it’s important to remember that it’s temporary, and fun times together are still ahead. Let’s keep making special ways to connect in 2020 and let Grandpa and Grandma know just how much they’re loved.