Start New Holiday Traditions Once You Have Moved to Tulsa

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a child and the best day ever was when the Sears Wish Book came in the mailbox? Okay, in case you are too young to have that marvelous memory, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, sporting a gorgeous, brilliantly lit tree on the cover, and pages and pages of gadgets, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and matching jammies for the entire family. That catalog cover was a motivation for a perfect Christmas for millions of kids which are Amazon-savvy grown ups now, and face it, you sort of miss the fun of opening that Wish Book and finding that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing about traditions--they eventually phase out, and something new replaces the old. Often they arrive at a natural and organic finish--the matching pajamas come to mind--but other times, a tradition ends too abruptly, leaving you trapped in an emotional void. That's a common occurrence when you've moved to Tulsa and are confronting that initial holiday season in a new place, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to traverse the season. Oh, you hardly genuinely like visiting your Great aunt Myrtle's for dry turkey for Thanksgiving? And those old neighbors whose notion of decorating was a yard (and roof) filled with inflatables?? Well, it's time to let it go and initiate a few new traditions--ones that you and your household like to do.

Friendsgiving

It's a millennial thing which has caught on across generational splits (a number of millennials have kids in high school now), as a group who's on the move and thus spending the holidays away from their own home and family. Ask some new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving meal. You provide the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you're bursting out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everyone provides a vegetable or a dessert. Don't think you have to invite countless, ask as few or as many as you like.

Volunteer

There are numerous volunteer options during the holidays, and you may do it yourself, or as a family group. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee establishments are a great source of identifying options, which range from assisting in a soup kitchen to delivering holiday meals and presents and wrapping gifts for little ones.

Go to an Event

Surprising as it can be to recognize, there's more to holiday activities than an additional novice performance of the Nutcracker. There are holiday concert events, tree lightings, performances, and spiritual gatherings. Lots of small municipalities host light extravaganzas--determine if there's one in your area. A few locations in the South set up outdoor ice-skating rinks during the holidays--indeed, you can wear shorts, however do bring mittens since it's a tad cold out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Many of us grew up with the Grinch, as well as those great Rankin-Bass movies--who can ever forget about the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Have a regular movie date throughout the holidays and go back to the old "Miracle on 34th Street" one week, and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or perhaps "Christmas With the Kranks" the following.

Consider taking A Vacation

If you're simply not feeling the holiday season this year, and you can handle it monetarily, plan a trip. It's not too late to book a vacation somewhere warmer and exotic, but if that's not in the finances go someplace not far away. If you're able to easily make it happen, New York is at its best during the holidays--the large tree at Rockefeller Center goes up ahead of Thanksgiving, and also the holiday shop windows around 5th and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the journey.

Remain Connected

The online world makes it so easy to stay connected with old family and friends when you're moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, to be sure, however ultimately more sweet than bitter. It is easy to share your festivities immediately or possibly scroll through pictures more leisurely in the future. In either case, stay optimistic--New Year's is only a week away and then it's all finished until next year.

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