Launch New Holiday Traditions After You've Moved to Oklahoma City

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 marvelous memory, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, with a glorious, beautifully illuminated tree on the cover, and pages and pages of toys, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and matching jammies for the family. That catalog cover was a motivation for a flawless Christmas for scores of kids who are Amazon-savvy adults today, and be honest, you sort of miss the fun of opening that Wish Book and seeing that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That is the thing concerning traditions--they inevitably phase out, and something new replaces the old. Sometimes they reach a normal and organic ending--the matching PJs come to mind--but other times, a tradition ceases too unexpectedly, causing you to be stuck in an emotional void. That is a common situation when you've moved to Oklahoma City and are facing that primary holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to traverse the season. Oh, you hardly genuinely like going to your Aunt Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? As well as those old neighbors whose idea of decorating was a yard (and roof) brimming with inflatables?? Okay, it is time to let go and start a few new traditions--ones that you and your household want to do.


This really is a millennial idea that's caught on across generational divides (some millennials have teenagers in high school now), as a group that's on the move therefore 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 feast. You supply the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you're breaking out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everyone makes a side dish or a dessert. Don't feel you must invite thousands, ask as few or as many as you wish.


There are numerous volunteer opportunities during the holidays, and you can go it alone, or as a family group. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee boutiques are a superb source of identifying options, covering anything from assisting in a soup kitchen to supplying holiday meals and presents and wrapping gifts for little ones.

Head to an Event

Astonishing as it may be to comprehend, there is far more to holiday activities than yet another amateur performance of the Nutcracker. You will discover holiday shows, tree lightings, performances, as well as religious events. Lots of smaller municipalities host light extravaganzas--determine if there's one close to you. Some locations in the South have outdoor ice-skating rinks during the holidays--indeed, you might wear shorts, but do bring mittens since it is a tad nippy out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Most of us grew up with the Grinch, and also those awesome Rankin-Bass movies--who can ever forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Create a weekly movie date throughout 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 next.

Plan A Getaway

Should you be not feeling the holiday season this year, and you can manage it economically, consider taking a trip. It isn't too late to reserve a trip somewhere hot and sunny, but if that's not in the spending plan go somewhere near by. If you can possibly comfortably make it happen, New York reaches its best during the holidays--the large tree at Rockefeller Center goes up before Thanksgiving, as well as the holiday shop windows around 5th and Madison Avenues are virtually worth the visit.

Stay Connected

The internet helps it to be so simple to remain plugged in with old close friends and family when you are moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for sure, however inevitably more sweet than bitter. You may share your activities in real time or even browse through photos more unhurried later. In any event, stay optimistic--New Year's is simply a week away after which it's all done until next year.

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