Begin New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to Atlanta

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 came in the mailbox? Okay, if you're too young to have that marvelous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, sporting a glorious, brilliantly lit tree on the cover, and pages and pages of toys, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and matching pj's for the family. That catalog cover was an inspiration for a flawless Christmas for millions of children which are Amazon-savvy adults today, and be honest, you kind of miss the excitement of opening that Wish Book and finding that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing concerning traditions--they at some point phase out, and something new replaces the old. Often they arrive at a normal and organic ending--the coordinating pajamas come to mind--but in other instances, a tradition stops too suddenly, causing you to be stuck in an emotional vacuum. That's a frequent happening when you've moved to Atlanta and are contending with that primary holiday season in a new location, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you hardly actually like visiting your Aunt Myrtle's for dry turkey for Thanksgiving? And those old neighbors whose notion of decorating was a yard (and roof) filled with inflatables?? Okay, it's time to let go and start some new traditions--ones that you and your household want to do.

Friendsgiving

This really is a millennial idea which has caught on throughout generational splits (some millennials have kids in high school these days), being a group that's on the move therefore spending the holidays away from their home and family. Invite a few new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving feast. You supply the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are busting out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everybody provides a side dish or a dessert. Do not think you have to invite multitudes, ask as few or as many as you like.

Volunteer

There are numerous volunteer opportunities during the holidays, and you can go it alone, or as a family group. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee shops are a great resource for locating options, covering anything from assisting in a soup kitchen to supplying holiday food items and presents and wrapping gifts for youngsters.

Attend an Event

Shocking as it might be to grasp, there is more to holiday activities than just one more amateur performance of the Nutcracker. You can find holiday shows, tree lightings, performances, as well as religious gatherings. Lots of smaller communities host light extravaganzas--find out if there is one in your area. A few places in the South set up outside ice-skating rinks during the holidays--indeed, you could wear shorts, nevertheless do bring gloves because it is a bit chilly out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Most of us grew up with the Grinch, and also those awesome Rankin-Bass movies--who could possibly ever forget about the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Include a regular 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 perhaps "Christmas With the Kranks" the next.

Consider taking A Vacation

If you are just not feeling the holiday season this year, and you might handle it economically, take a trip. It isn't too late to plan an excursion somewhere warmer and sunny, but if that is not in the finances head someplace not far away. If you can possibly easily travel there, New York reaches its finest throughout the holidays--the large tree at Rockefeller Center goes up ahead of Thanksgiving, as well as the holiday shop windows down 5th and Madison Avenues are virtually worth the trip.

Stay Connected

The online world helps it to be so simple to remain connected with old friends and family when you are moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, to be sure, but ultimately more sweet than bitter. You can share your celebrations immediately or even scroll through photos more leisurely down the road. No matter what, keep positive--New Year's is simply a week away after which it is all done until next year.

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