Begin New Holiday Traditions Once You Have Moved to Wichita Falls

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a child and the greatest day ever was when the Sears Wish Book came in the mailbox? Okay, if you're too young to have that magical remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, sporting a gorgeous, delightfully illuminated tree on the cover, and many more pages of playthings, and bikes, and dollhouses--and matching jammies for the entire family. That catalog cover was an inspiration for a flawless Christmas for countless kids who are Amazon-savvy adults now, and face 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 about traditions--they sooner or later phase out, and something new replaces the old. At times they arrive at a healthy and organic ending--the coordinating PJs come to mind--but in other cases, a tradition stops too abruptly, causing you to be stuck in an emotional vacuum. That's a frequent happening when you have moved to Wichita Falls and are facing that primary holiday season in a new location, without your "this is what we always do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you hardly really like visiting your Auntie Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? As well as those former neighbors whose concept of decorating was a yard (and roof) full of inflatables?? Okay, it's time to let it go and start a few new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones like to do.


This really is a millennial event which has caught on across generational splits (numerous millennials have teenagers in high school currently), being a group that is on the move therefore spending the holidays away from home and family. Invite some 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 breaking out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everybody brings a vegetable or a dessert. Don't believe you need to invite multitudes, ask as few or as many as you like.


There are numerous volunteer opportunities during the holidays, and you may do it yourself, or as a family unit. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments are a superb resource for identifying options, which range from assisting in a soup kitchen to supplying holiday food items and gifts and wrapping gifts for youngsters.

Go to an Event

Shocking as it might be to comprehend, there is far more to holiday activities than an additional novice performance of the Nutcracker. There are holiday shows, tree lightings, plays, as well as faith based activities. A number of little municipalities host light extravaganzas--figure out if there is one in your area. Some cities in the South have outdoor ice-skating rinks over the holidays--sure, you might wear shorts, nevertheless do bring gloves since it's a bit chilly out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Many of us grew up with the Grinch, and those great Rankin-Bass movies--who can ever forget about the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Create a regular movie date 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 following.

Consider taking A Trip

Should you be simply not feeling the holidays this year, and you can manage it financially, take a getaway. It isn't too late to reserve a trip someplace warmer and tropical, but if that isn't in the budget go somewhere close by. If you're able to comfortably get there, New York reaches its finest over the holidays--the massive tree at Rockefeller Center goes up prior to Thanksgiving, and also the holiday shop windows along 5th and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the journey.

Stay Connected

The online world helps it to be so simple to stay connected with old close friends and family 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 instantly or possibly browse through photographs more leisurely in the future. In any event, remain optimistic--New Year's is just a week away and after that it's all done until next year.

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