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 landed in the mailbox? Okay, if you're too young to have that miraculous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, which included 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 perfect Christmas for scores of youngsters who're Amazon-savvy adults today, and admit it, you sort of miss the excitement 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 at some point phase out, and something new swaps with the old. At times they reach a healthy and organic ending--the identical pajamas come to mind--but in other cases, a tradition ceases too suddenly, causing you to be stranded in an emotional void. That's a prevalent happening when you have moved to Denver and are contending with that initial holiday season in a new place, without your "this is what we normally do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you never genuinely like going to your Auntie 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 family would like to do.


This is a millennial event that's caught on across generational splits (some 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 side or a dessert. Don't think you have to invite countless, ask as few or as many as you want.


There are lots of volunteer options over the holidays, and you may go it alone, or as a family unit. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments can be a great source of finding opportunities, which range from assisting in a soup kitchen to providing 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 just one more novice performance of the Nutcracker. You will discover holiday concerts, tree lightings, plays, and spiritual activities. Lots of small municipalities host light extravaganzas--determine if there's one in your area. Some places in the South set up outside ice-skating rinks throughout the holidays--of course, you might wear shorts, but do bring gloves because it is a bit cold out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Most of us grew up with the Grinch, and those great Rankin-Bass movies--who could ever forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Have a weekly movie date during the holidays and revisit 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 could handle it monetarily, take a getaway. It isn't too late to plan a vacation someplace toasty and sunny, but if that isn't in the spending plan visit someplace not far away. If you can possibly conveniently travel there, New York is at its finest over 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.

Keep in Touch

The internet makes it so easy to remain plugged in with old family and friends when you're moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for sure, but ultimately more sweet than bitter. You can share your festivities instantly or browse through photos more unhurried later. In any event, stay positive--New Year's is simply a week away and after that it's all over until next year.

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