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 are too young to have that miraculous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, with 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 perfect Christmas for countless kids who're Amazon-savvy grownups now, and admit it, 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 finish--the identical PJs come to mind--but in other cases, a tradition ends too suddenly, leaving you trapped in an emotional vacuum. That's a frequent situation when you've moved to Austin and are confronting that primary holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we normally do" safety net to traverse the season. Oh, you never genuinely like going to your Auntie 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 new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones like to do.

Friendsgiving

It's a millennial event which has caught on over generational divides (a number of millennials have kids in high school now), as a group that is on the move and thus 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 brings a vegetable or a dessert. Do not feel you need to invite multitudes, ask as few or as many as you wish.

Volunteer

There are numerous volunteer opportunities during the holidays, and you may go it alone, or as a family. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee shops can be a superb resource for locating possibilities, such as assisting in a soup kitchen to supplying holiday meals and gifts and wrapping gifts for youngsters.

Attend an Event

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

Movie Night

We all grew up with the Grinch, as well as those awesome Rankin-Bass movies--who could possibly ever forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Have a regular movie night over 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 subsequent.

Plan A Getaway

If you're just not feeling the holidays this year, and you could coordinate it financially, consider a trip. It's not too late to plan a trip someplace toasty and sunny, however if that is not in the budget visit somewhere not far away. If you can possibly easily get there, New York is at its best during the holidays--the big 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.

Keep in Touch

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

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