Begin New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to Killeen

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a kid 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 memory, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, sporting a stunning, perfectly illuminated tree on the cover, and many more pages of playthings, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and coordinating jammies for the family. That catalog cover was an inspiration for a exceptional Christmas for scores of kids who are Amazon-savvy grownups now, and admit it, you sort 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 regarding traditions--they inevitably phase out, and something new replaces the old. Sometimes they reach a natural and organic conclusion--the coordinating PJs come to mind--but other times, a tradition ceases too unexpectedly, causing you to be trapped in an emotional void. This is a common situation when you have moved to Killeen and are encountering that initial holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we normally do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you did not actually like going to your Auntie Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? And the old neighbors whose idea of decorating was a lawn (and roof) filled with inflatables?? Well, it's time to let it go and start some new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones want to do.


It's a millennial event which has caught on over generational divides (some millennials have teenagers in high school now), being a group that is on the move and thus spending the holidays away from their own home and family. Invite a few new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving dinner. You provide the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are bursting out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everybody makes a side or a dessert. Do not believe you need to invite countless, ask as few or as many as you like.


There are numerous volunteer options over the holidays, and you may go it alone, or as a family. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee boutiques are a great source of finding possibilities, which range from helping out in a soup kitchen to providing holiday meals and presents and wrapping gifts for little ones.

Attend an Event

Astonishing as it can be to grasp, there's far more to holiday entertainment than an additional amateur performance of the Nutcracker. You will discover holiday shows, tree lightings, plays, as well as faith based gatherings. A number of smaller towns host light extravaganzas--find out if there is one close to you. Some cities in the South set up outside ice-skating rinks during the holidays--sure, you may wear shorts, but do bring gloves since it's a tad 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 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 "Christmas With the Kranks" the subsequent.

Plan A Trip

If you are just not feeling the holiday season this year, and you can coordinate it economically, consider a vacation. It is not too late to reserve an excursion someplace hot and exotic, however if that is not in the finances head somewhere near by. If you can conveniently travel there, New York is at its finest throughout the holidays--the big tree at Rockefeller Center goes up before Thanksgiving, and the holiday shop windows along Fifth and Madison Avenues are practically worth the trip.

Remain Connected

The online world can make it so simple to remain plugged in with old close friends and family when you're moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for sure, yet inevitably more sweet than bitter. You can share your activities instantly or even browse through photographs more unhurried later. No matter what, stay upbeat--New Year's is just a week away after which it's all over until next year.

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