Q: This Thanksgiving, my family would like honor our grandparents, who are both over the age of 85. We want to show our gratitude for all they’ve done for us over the years. However, I don’t know where to begin; any ideas on ways we can do this?
A: Honoring your grandparents is a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving, as it will connect you to the things you are thankful for past and present.
To this end, you might want to consider some of these ideas:
•Have the grandchildren recite poems they have written about their grandparents or relate a favorite time with them.
•If anyone plays a musical instrument, this would be a great time to play a favorite song of theirs.
•If there are other special talents within the family, use this time to showcase them in honor of your grandparents.
•Select dinner music that will mean something to the honorees.
•Go around the table at the grace and have each person say something they appreciate about the guests of honor or a memory of time spent with them.
•Allow time for your grandparents to say a few words.
•A photomontage, either with photos on a table or a PowerPoint presentation, is always nice. Or prepare a video to be shown.
•Have a videographer tape each person present saying a few words and give the tape to your grandparents.
Try to get everyone involved in something and be sure to take pictures!
- Answer from Bethany, a Literary Program Director on JustAnswer