Launch 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 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 magical memory, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, sporting a glorious, delightfully lit tree on the cover, and pages and pages of playthings, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and matching jammies for the family. That catalog cover was a motivation for a perfect Christmas for millions of children which are Amazon-savvy grownups now, and admit it, you sort of miss the thrill of cracking open that Wish Book and seeing that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing about traditions--they at some point phase out, and something new replaces the old. Often they arrive at a natural and organic conclusion--the matching pajamas come to mind--but in other instances, a tradition ceases too unexpectedly, leaving you stuck in an emotional void. That is a frequent happening when you've moved to Tulsa and are encountering that initial holiday season in a new location, without your "this is what we normally do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you did not actually like going to your Great aunt Myrtle's for dry turkey for Thanksgiving? And the previous neighbors whose notion of decorating was a yard (and roof) brimming with inflatables?? Okay, it is time to let it go and start some new traditions--ones that you and your family would like to do.


This really is a millennial idea which has caught on across generational splits (a number of millennials have teenagers in high school these days), as a group that's on the move and thus spending the holidays away from their home and family. Ask a few new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving meal. You provide the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are bursting out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everybody brings a side dish or a dessert. Don't believe you need to invite countless, ask as few or as many as you wish.


There are lots of volunteer options throughout the holidays, and you can go it alone, or as a family group. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee boutiques can be a superb resource for identifying possibilities, such as assisting in a soup kitchen to providing holiday food items and presents and wrapping gifts for kids.

Go to an Event

Astonishing as it may be to grasp, there's far more to holiday activities than an additional novice performance of the Nutcracker. There are holiday concert events, tree lightings, plays, and spiritual activities. Lots of little municipalities host light extravaganzas--figure out if there is one nearby. A few places in the South have outside ice-skating rinks during the holidays--of course, you might be dressed in shorts, nevertheless do bring gloves because it is a tad cold out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Most of us grew up with the Grinch, as well as those brilliant Rankin-Bass movies--who could ever forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Include a regular movie night 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.

Consider taking A Getaway

If you're just not feeling the holiday season this year, and you can manage it monetarily, plan a vacation. It's not too late to book a trip somewhere toasty and tropical, but if that isn't in the spending plan visit somewhere not far away. If you're able to easily make it happen, New York reaches its finest during the holidays--the big tree at Rockefeller Center goes up before Thanksgiving, as well as the holiday shop windows along 5th and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the trip.

Stay Connected

The internet can make it so simple to be connected with old close friends and family when you are moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for certain, however truly more sweet than bitter. It is easy to share your festivities immediately or possibly scroll through photographs more relaxed in the future. No matter what, keep positive--New Year's is only a week away and after that it's all finished until next year.

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