Launch New Holiday Traditions Once You Have Moved to Dallas

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a child and the best day ever was when the Sears Wish Book came in the mailbox? Okay, in case you are too young to have that wonderful memory, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, sporting a glorious, delightfully lit tree on the cover, and pages and pages of gadgets, and bikes, and dollhouses--and matching jammies for the family. That catalog cover was an inspiration for a perfect Christmas for countless youngsters who are Amazon-savvy grown people currently, and be honest, you kind of miss the thrill of opening that Wish Book and seeing that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That is the thing concerning traditions--they eventually phase out, and something new takes the place of the old. Often they reach a normal and organic ending--the identical pajamas come to mind--but in other instances, a tradition ceases too abruptly, leaving you stranded in an emotional void. This is a frequent happening when you have moved to Dallas and are facing that first holiday season in a new place, without your "this is what we always do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you did not actually like going to your Great aunt Myrtle's for dry turkey for Thanksgiving? As well as those old neighbors whose notion of decorating was a lawn (and roof) filled with inflatables?? Well, it's time to let go and initiate a few new traditions--ones that you and your family like to do.


This is a millennial event that's caught on throughout generational splits (a number of millennials have youngsters in high school currently), being a group who's on the move therefore 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 feast. You provide the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you're bursting out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everyone provides a vegetable or a dessert. Do not believe you need to invite thousands, ask as few or as many as you want.


There are numerous volunteer choices during the holidays, and you may go it alone, or as a family unit. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments can be a great source of identifying opportunities, covering anything from helping out in a soup kitchen to delivering holiday meals and presents and wrapping gifts for little ones.

Attend an Event

Astonishing as it may be to recognize, there is a lot more to holiday activities than yet another novice performance of the Nutcracker. You can find holiday concerts, tree lightings, plays, and religious gatherings. Lots of little towns host light extravaganzas--find out if there's one near you. A few places in the South set up out of doors ice-skating rinks during the holidays--indeed, you can be dressed in shorts, but do bring mittens since it is a bit cold out there on the ice.

Movie Night

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

Plan A Trip

Should you be simply not feeling the holidays this year, and you could handle it financially, plan a trip. It is not too late to book a vacation somewhere warmer and sunny, however if that is not in the finances head somewhere near by. If you can easily get there, New York reaches its finest throughout the holidays--the big tree at Rockefeller Center goes up before Thanksgiving, and the holiday shop windows around Fifth and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the visit.

Remain Connected

The online world helps it to be so easy to remain in touch with old friends and family when you're moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for certain, however inevitably more sweet than bitter. You can share your activities immediately or possibly scroll through pictures more unhurried later. No matter what, keep optimistic--New Year's is just a week away after which it's all finished until next year.

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