January is one of the winter months, full of chilly weather and cold snow. There are various methods of warming yourself during long, winter evenings. But two days don’t need any more warmth – and they’re the 21st and 22nd of January. Why? Because they are Grandmothers’ and Grandfather’s Day, respectively.
Contrary to the custom in the United States of America, the holidays in honour of our grandparents aren’t celebrated in September. Furthermore, they’re divided into two different days, so each of the elders can enjoy full attention and as much familial affection as possible.
Young children are usually the most enthusiastic about it, and try to spend the day with the grandparents and shower them with adorable gifts; hand-made trinkets, drawings or greeting cards, mostly made by the kids themselves, are a must. But the parents – who still are children after all – also remember to show appreciation. Most common gifts the elders get from their adult children are flower bouquets and confectionery, be it chocolates or home-made pastry. Some health supplements manufacturers adorn their products with a celebratory design for the occasion.
That last idea was only introduced to Poland around 1965, when some local newspapers imported it from abroad, and it didn’t have much time to propagate. But, as all things in Poland, it evolves fast, and powerfully. Because there is no such thing as too much love, affection, kindness and pampering where grandparents are concerned.