Begin New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to Colorado Springs

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a youngster and the greatest day ever was when the Sears Wish Book came in the mailbox? Okay, if you are too young to have that miraculous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, which included a stunning, perfectly lit tree on the cover, and many more pages of gadgets, and bikes, and dollhouses--and matching jammies for the family. That catalog cover was a motivation for a perfect Christmas for scores of children who are Amazon-savvy adults currently, and admit it, you sort of miss the excitement of cracking open that Wish Book and seeing that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing regarding traditions--they at some point phase out, and something new replaces the old. At times they arrive at a healthy and organic conclusion--the matching PJs come to mind--but in other instances, a tradition stops too abruptly, leaving you stranded in an emotional void. That's a common happening when you have moved to Colorado Springs and are contending with that initial holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to traverse the season. Oh, you never actually like going to your Aunt Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? And those old neighbors whose concept of decorating was a lawn (and roof) filled with inflatables?? Well, it is time to let go and initiate new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones like to do.


It's a millennial idea which has caught on over generational divides (some millennials have youngsters in high school now), as a group that's on the move and so spending the holidays away from their home and relatives. Ask a few new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving dinner. You supply the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are busting out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everyone brings a vegetable or a dessert. Don't believe you have to invite thousands, ask as few or as many as you like.


There are lots of volunteer choices throughout the holidays, and you can do it yourself, or as a family unit. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments are a great source of locating options, such as helping out in a soup kitchen to supplying holiday dinners and gifts and wrapping gifts for children.

Go to an Event

Astonishing as it can be to grasp, there's a lot more to holiday entertainment than yet another amateur performance of the Nutcracker. There are holiday shows, tree lightings, performances, and religious events. A number of small towns host light extravaganzas--find out if there is one close to you. Some places in the South have outdoor ice-skating rinks throughout the holidays--of course, you could be dressed in shorts, but do bring gloves because it is a bit cold out there on the ice.

Movie Night

We all grew up with the Grinch, and also those awesome Rankin-Bass movies--who could possibly ever forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Include a regular movie night throughout the holidays and revisit the old "Miracle on 34th Street" one week, and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or possibly "Christmas With the Kranks" the following.

Plan A Getaway

If you're simply not feeling the holiday season this year, and you could handle it monetarily, consider a vacation. It isn't too late to book an excursion somewhere hot and tropical, however if that is not in the spending plan go someplace else near by. If you can possibly conveniently get there, New York reaches its best over the holidays--the big tree at Rockefeller Center goes up ahead of Thanksgiving, and the holiday shop windows along 5th and Madison Avenues are practically worth the trip.

Remain Connected

The online world helps it to be so easy to remain plugged in with old friends and family when you're moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for certain, however ultimately more sweet than bitter. It is easy to share your festivities instantly or even scroll through photographs more unhurried down the road. In any event, stay positive--New Year's is just a week away and after that it is all over until next year.

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