Start New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to Denver

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a youngster and the best day ever was when the Sears Wish Book arrived in the mailbox? Okay, if you're too young to have that marvelous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, with a gorgeous, delightfully illuminated tree on the cover, and many more pages of gadgets, and bikes, and dollhouses--and matching jammies for the family. That catalog cover was an inspiration for a flawless Christmas for scores of youngsters who're Amazon-savvy adults now, and be honest, you sort of miss the thrill of cracking open that Wish Book and finding that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That is the thing concerning traditions--they inevitably phase out, and something new swaps with the old. Sometimes they reach a healthy and organic ending--the identical pajamas come to mind--but in other cases, a tradition ceases too abruptly, causing you to be stuck in an emotional void. This is a prevalent happening when you have moved to Denver and are contending with that first holiday season in a new location, without your "this is what we normally do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you hardly genuinely like going to your Aunt Myrtle's for dry turkey for Thanksgiving? And those former neighbors whose notion of decorating was a yard (and roof) packed with inflatables?? Well, it's time to let it go and initiate a few new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones would like to do.


This is a millennial event that has caught on throughout generational splits (a number of millennials have kids in high school currently), being a group who's on the move and so spending the holidays away from their home and family. Invite some 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 makes a vegetable or a dessert. Don't think you have to invite multitudes, ask as few or as many as you want.


There are many volunteer options over the holidays, and you may go it alone, or as a family. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments can be a great source of finding opportunities, covering anything from assisting in a soup kitchen to supplying holiday food items and presents and wrapping gifts for children.

Head to an Event

Astonishing as it can be to grasp, there is a lot more to holiday activities than yet another novice performance of the Nutcracker. You will discover holiday concerts, tree lightings, plays, and religious activities. Lots of little municipalities host light extravaganzas--determine if there's one nearby. A number of towns in the South set up outdoor ice-skating rinks throughout the holidays--sure, you might wear shorts, however do bring gloves since it's a little cold out there on the ice.

Movie Night

We all grew up with the Grinch, as well as those awesome Rankin-Bass movies--who can ever forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Have 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 perhaps "Christmas With the Kranks" the following.

Take A Vacation

Should you be not feeling the holiday season this year, and you can handle it monetarily, take a vacation. It isn't too late to plan a trip someplace toasty and sunny, but if that isn't in the spending plan go somewhere not far away. If you can possibly conveniently travel there, New York is at its finest during the holidays--the big tree at Rockefeller Center goes up before Thanksgiving, and the holiday shop windows around 5th and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the journey.

Stay Connected

The internet makes it so easy to remain connected with old family and friends when you're moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for sure, however inevitably more sweet than bitter. You may share your celebrations instantly or possibly browse through photos more leisurely in the future. In either case, stay positive--New Year's is simply a week away and after that it's all over until next year.

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