Start New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to Little Rock

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, in case you are too young to have that miraculous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, with a gorgeous, brilliantly illuminated tree on the cover, and many more pages of playthings, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and matching pj's for the entire family. That catalog cover was a motivation for a exceptional Christmas for countless children who're Amazon-savvy grown people now, and be honest, you sort of miss the fun of cracking open that Wish Book and finding that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing concerning traditions--they inevitably phase out, and something new replaces the old. Sometimes they arrive at a healthy and organic finish--the matching pajamas come to mind--but other times, a tradition ceases too abruptly, leaving you trapped in an emotional vacuum. That's a common situation when you've moved to Little Rock and are contending with that first holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we normally 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 old neighbors whose idea of decorating was a yard (and roof) full of inflatables?? Well, it's time to let go and commence new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones want to do.

Friendsgiving

This is a millennial thing that has caught on throughout generational divides (some millennials have youngsters in high school these days), being a group that is on the move therefore spending the holidays away from their home and relatives. Ask some new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving meal. You provide the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you're breaking out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everyone provides a side or a dessert. Don't think you have to invite thousands, ask as few or as many as you like.

Volunteer

There are many volunteer choices throughout the holidays, and you may do it yourself, or as a family unit. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee shops can be a great source of locating options, such as helping out in a soup kitchen to delivering holiday meals and presents and wrapping gifts for children.

Go to an Event

Surprising as it may be to grasp, there is more to holiday entertainment than yet another novice performance of the Nutcracker. You can find holiday concerts, tree lightings, performances, and religious gatherings. A number of little communities host light extravaganzas--determine if there is one nearby. Some cities in the South have outside ice-skating rinks over the holidays--sure, you may dress in shorts, however do bring gloves since it's a little cold out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Most of us grew up with the Grinch, and those awesome Rankin-Bass movies--who could possibly ever forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Create a regular movie night over the holidays and take another look at the old "Miracle on 34th Street" one week, and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or "Christmas With the Kranks" the following.

Consider taking A Trip

If you're just not feeling the holiday season this year, and you can coordinate it financially, take a getaway. It isn't too late to reserve a vacation somewhere toasty and tropical, however if that's not in the finances head someplace near by. If you can comfortably get there, New York reaches its finest during the holidays--the massive tree at Rockefeller Center goes up prior to Thanksgiving, as well as the holiday shop windows along Fifth and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the journey.

Keep in Touch

The internet can make it so simple to be connected with old family and friends when you are moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, to be sure, yet ultimately more sweet than bitter. You can share your celebrations in real time or browse through pictures more leisurely later. No matter what, remain upbeat--New Year's is only a week away and then it's all finished until next year.

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