Start 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 kid and the best day ever was when the Sears Wish Book came in the mailbox? Okay, if you are 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 toys, 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 thrill 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 takes the place of the old. At times they arrive at a healthy and organic ending--the matching PJs come to mind--but other times, a tradition stops too suddenly, causing you to be stranded in an emotional vacuum. That's a common happening when you have moved to Wichita Falls and are facing that primary holiday season in a new place, without your "this is what we always do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you hardly actually like visiting your Aunt Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? As well as those former neighbors whose idea of decorating was a yard (and roof) full of inflatables?? Okay, it's time to let it go and commence a few new traditions--ones that you and your family like to do.


This really is a millennial event which has caught on throughout generational splits (numerous millennials have kids in high school now), being a group that is on the move therefore spending the holidays away from their own 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 busting out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everybody provides a vegetable or a dessert. Don't think you have to invite countless, ask as few or as many as you want.


There are numerous volunteer opportunities during the holidays, and you may do it yourself, or as a family. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments are a superb resource for identifying opportunities, covering anything 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. You can find holiday shows, tree lightings, plays, as well as faith based events. A number of small municipalities host light extravaganzas--figure out if there is one in your area. A number of cities in the South have outdoor ice-skating rinks during the holidays--sure, you might wear shorts, nevertheless do bring gloves since it's a little chilly out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Many of us grew up with the Grinch, as well as those great Rankin-Bass movies--who can ever forget about the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Create a regular movie date during the holidays and go back to the old "Miracle on 34th Street" one week, and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or "Christmas With the Kranks" the following.

Take A Trip

Should you be simply not feeling the holidays this year, and you can handle it financially, take a getaway. It's not too late to book a trip someplace hot and exotic, but if that's not in the budget visit someplace close by. If you're able to comfortably make it happen, 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 trip.

Stay Connected

The online world helps it to be so simple to stay plugged in with old close friends and family when you're moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for certain, but ultimately more sweet than bitter. It is easy to share your festivities in real time or browse through photographs more unhurried 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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