All of the family is together. We open our presents, watch TV, prepare a traditional dinner, visit, do all of the exciting things that we have been brought up doing. At the end of the day, we enjoy each other, and have many days of extended family togetherness or even comfortable days without extended family.
Now our lives have changed, and I am looking for ways to create new traditions that will fit our life today. All I can think of doing is declaring that I don't want to cook for two days. I want to have a simple dinner, and do something else. But I would like to create new traditions to take us into our next stage of life.
We are not wealthy, and travel is out of the question. But just as I don't want to cook, I want to do something. In my zone gardening is not an option that I can look forward to.
Do any of you have clever interesting things you do during the holidays now that things are not the same as they were when the children were young? Even if they are able to come home, I don't want to relive our old traditions. I want change.
My sister said that many couples are in that situation even if they have grandchildren because often the grandchildren go to the other family's home for the holidays. She enjoys her church where they can get together. They also went to a movie on Thanksgiving Day, and said the early movie was very comfortable.
Maybe I would like to take a hike. Maybe I would like to decorate my house with special gardening ornaments, and have some rosarians visit.
What do you do? I want change. I do not want to live in the past every holiday.