Launch New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to El Paso

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a youngster and the greatest day ever was when the Sears Wish Book landed in the mailbox? Okay, if you're too young to have that miraculous memory, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, which included a glorious, delightfully illuminated tree on the cover, and pages and pages of gadgets, and bikes, and dollhouses--and matching pj's for the entire family. That catalog cover was an inspiration for a exceptional Christmas for countless children who're Amazon-savvy adults currently, and admit it, you kind of miss the excitement of opening that Wish Book and seeing that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing concerning traditions--they sooner or later phase out, and something new replaces the old. At times they arrive at a normal and organic conclusion--the identical pajamas come to mind--but in other instances, a tradition stops too abruptly, leaving you stranded in an emotional vacuum. That is a prevalent occurrence when you have moved to El Paso and are contending with that first holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you hardly really like going to your Great aunt Myrtle's for dry turkey for Thanksgiving? And the former neighbors whose idea of decorating was a lawn (and roof) brimming with inflatables?? Well, it's time to let go and start a few new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones want to do.


It's a millennial event that has caught on over generational splits (some millennials have teenagers in high school currently), as a group who's on the move and so spending the holidays away from their home and relatives. Ask a few new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving meal. You provide the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are breaking out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everyone brings a side dish or a dessert. Don't think you must invite thousands, ask as few or as many as you like.


There are lots of volunteer choices during the holidays, and you can do it yourself, or as a family group. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee boutiques can be a super resource for identifying options, which range from helping out in a soup kitchen to delivering holiday food items and presents and wrapping gifts for youngsters.

Attend an Event

Surprising as it can be to recognize, there is a lot more to holiday activities than yet another novice performance of the Nutcracker. You will discover holiday shows, tree lightings, performances, as well as spiritual events. Many little municipalities host light extravaganzas--determine if there is one nearby. A few towns in the South set up outdoor ice-skating rinks throughout the holidays--indeed, you might be dressed in shorts, nevertheless do bring mittens since it is a bit chilly out there on the ice.

Movie Night

We all grew up with the Grinch, and also those brilliant Rankin-Bass movies--who could ever forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Have a regular movie night throughout 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 Vacation

If you're simply not feeling the holidays this year, and you might handle it financially, consider taking a trip. It is not too late to book a trip someplace warm and sunny, however if that's not in the spending plan head someplace else near by. If you're able to conveniently travel there, New York reaches its finest throughout the holidays--the massive tree at Rockefeller Center goes up prior to Thanksgiving, and the holiday shop windows down Fifth and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the journey.

Remain Connected

The internet makes it so easy to stay in touch with old family and friends when you find yourself moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for sure, but truly more sweet than bitter. It is easy to share your festivities instantly or scroll through pictures more relaxed in the future. In any event, stay upbeat--New Year's is only a week away and after that it is all done until next year.

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