Start 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 best day ever was when the Sears Wish Book came in the mailbox? Okay, if you are too young to have that marvelous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, which included a stunning, perfectly illuminated tree on the cover, and many more pages of gadgets, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and matching jammies for the family. That catalog cover was a motivation for a perfect Christmas for scores of children who're Amazon-savvy adults currently, and admit it, you sort of miss the excitement of cracking open that Wish Book and finding 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 finish--the coordinating PJs come to mind--but in other instances, a tradition stops too suddenly, leaving you stranded in an emotional void. This is a frequent occurrence when you have moved to Colorado Springs and are contending with that first holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to traverse the season. Oh, you never really like visiting your Aunt Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? And the previous neighbors whose concept of decorating was a lawn (and roof) filled with inflatables?? Well, it's time to let go and initiate some new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones like to do.

Friendsgiving

It's a millennial idea which has caught on over generational divides (a number of millennials have youngsters in high school these days), 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 meal. You supply the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are breaking out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everyone brings a vegetable or a dessert. Don't believe you need to invite thousands, ask as few or as many as you want.

Volunteer

There are lots of volunteer choices throughout the holidays, and you can do it yourself, or as a family. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments are a great source of finding opportunities, such as helping out in a soup kitchen to supplying holiday meals 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 activities than just one more amateur performance of the Nutcracker. There are holiday shows, tree lightings, performances, and religious activities. A number of little towns host light extravaganzas--find out if there is one close to you. Some towns in the South have outside ice-skating rinks throughout the holidays--sure, you could be dressed in shorts, but do bring gloves because it is a little cold out there on the ice.

Movie Night

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

Plan A Getaway

If you're simply not feeling the holiday season this year, and you can handle it monetarily, consider a vacation. It's not too late to reserve an excursion somewhere hot and exotic, however if that is not in the spending plan go someplace else close by. If you can possibly easily make it happen, New York reaches its best during the holidays--the large tree at Rockefeller Center goes up ahead of Thanksgiving, and also the holiday shop windows down 5th and Madison Avenues are practically worth the journey.

Remain Connected

The online world helps it to be so easy to stay connected with old friends and family when you are moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, to be sure, but ultimately more sweet than bitter. It is easy to share your celebrations in real time or even scroll through photographs more unhurried down the road. In any event, remain positive--New Year's is only a week away and after that it is all finished until next year.

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