Begin New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to San Antonio

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a child and the most excellent day ever was when the Sears Wish Book came in the mailbox? Okay, in case you are too young to have that magical memory, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, which included a stunning, perfectly illuminated tree on the cover, and many more pages of toys, and bikes, and dollhouses--and matching pj's for the family. That catalog cover was a motivation for a perfect Christmas for countless youngsters which are Amazon-savvy grownups currently, and be honest, you sort of miss the fun of cracking open that Wish Book and finding that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing regarding traditions--they sooner or later phase out, and something new replaces the old. At times they arrive at a natural and organic finish--the identical pajamas come to mind--but other times, a tradition ceases too abruptly, causing you to be trapped in an emotional vacuum. This is a common situation when you have moved to San Antonio and are contending with that primary holiday season in a new location, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to traverse the season. Oh, you hardly actually like going to your Aunt Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? And the former neighbors whose notion of decorating was a lawn (and roof) full of inflatables?? Well, it's time to let go and start new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones like to do.


This is a millennial event that has caught on throughout generational splits (numerous millennials have teenagers in high school now), being a group that is on the move and so spending the holidays away from home and family. Invite some 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 bursting 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 want.


There are many volunteer options throughout the holidays, and you can go it alone, or as a family group. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments can be a superb resource for identifying opportunities, which range from assisting in a soup kitchen to supplying holiday dinners and presents and wrapping gifts for children.

Go to an Event

Shocking as it might be to grasp, there is a lot more to holiday entertainment than an additional novice performance of the Nutcracker. You can find holiday concert events, tree lightings, plays, and faith based events. Lots of smaller communities host light extravaganzas--find out if there is one near you. A number of towns in the South set up outside ice-skating rinks over the holidays--indeed, you may dress in shorts, however do bring mittens since it is a little nippy out there on the ice.

Movie Night

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

Consider taking A Getaway

Should you be not feeling the holidays this year, and you could coordinate it financially, consider a trip. It isn't too late to plan a trip someplace toasty and exotic, but if that's not in the spending plan visit someplace near by. If you can easily get there, New York reaches its finest over the holidays--the massive tree at Rockefeller Center goes up before Thanksgiving, as well as the holiday shop windows along 5th and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the visit.

Remain Connected

The online world makes it so simple to stay plugged in with old friends and family when you are moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, to be sure, yet truly more sweet than bitter. It is easy to share your festivities immediately or scroll through pictures more relaxed in the future. In any event, stay upbeat--New Year's is simply a week away and then it is all over until next year.

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