Begin New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to Austin

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a kid and the best day ever was when the Sears Wish Book arrived in the mailbox? Okay, if you're too young to have that miraculous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, which included a gorgeous, delightfully lit tree on the cover, and many more pages of playthings, and bikes, and dollhouses--and coordinating pj's for the family. That catalog cover was a motivation for a flawless Christmas for countless kids who are Amazon-savvy grownups now, and be honest, you sort of miss the thrill of opening that Wish Book and seeing that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing concerning traditions--they eventually phase out, and something new replaces the old. Sometimes they arrive at a natural and organic conclusion--the identical PJs come to mind--but other times, a tradition ends too abruptly, leaving you trapped in an emotional vacuum. That's a frequent situation when you've moved to Austin and are contending with that primary holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we normally do" safety net to traverse the season. Oh, you hardly genuinely like going to your Aunt Myrtle's for dry turkey for Thanksgiving? And the former neighbors whose concept of decorating was a yard (and roof) brimming with inflatables?? Okay, it is time to let it go and commence some new traditions--ones that you and your family like to do.


This is a millennial event which has caught on over generational divides (a number of millennials have teenagers in high school now), as a group that's on the move and so spending the holidays away from home and relatives. Invite a few new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving feast. You supply the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are busting out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everybody provides a side or a dessert. Do not feel you need to invite multitudes, ask as few or as many as you wish.


There are numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the holidays, and you may go it alone, or as a family. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee boutiques can be a super resource for locating possibilities, such as assisting in a soup kitchen to providing holiday dinners and gifts and wrapping gifts for youngsters.

Attend an Event

Astonishing as it might be to grasp, there's more to holiday entertainment than an additional amateur performance of the Nutcracker. You will discover holiday concert events, tree lightings, performances, and religious events. Many little communities host light extravaganzas--figure out if there's one close to you. A number of locations in the South have outside ice-skating rinks over the holidays--sure, you might wear shorts, nevertheless do bring gloves because it is a little chilly out there on the ice.

Movie Night

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

Plan A Getaway

If you're just not feeling the holidays this year, and you can coordinate it economically, consider taking a trip. It's not too late to plan a trip someplace toasty and sunny, however if that is not in the budget visit someplace not far away. If you can possibly conveniently make it happen, New York is at its best over the holidays--the large tree at Rockefeller Center goes up ahead of Thanksgiving, and the holiday shop windows around Fifth and Madison Avenues are just about worth the journey.

Stay Connected

The internet makes it so simple to remain in touch with old friends and family when you are moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for certain, however ultimately more sweet than bitter. It is easy to share your celebrations instantly or browse through photos more leisurely later. In either case, remain positive--New Year's is just a week away and then it's all finished until next year.

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