What Traditions Do You Do For the Holidays?
By Natalie Caine, M.A.
NABBW’s Empty Nest Expert

Empty Nesters, Boomers and those in life transitions, share their traditions:

  1. Read a children\’s book Christmas Eve and then add it to the collection for your children when they will be parents
  2. Make candy apples while playing favorite holiday sing along songs
  3. Open one present Christmas Eve
  4. Open the stocking in bed in the morning even when the children are older than 17 or they don\’t get the stocking. Cuddle time is good at any age
  5. Take a hike
  6. Go to the movies
  7. Visit relatives
  8. Make seasoned nuts and put them in jars for gifts with the recipe
  9. Make music together using household utensils
  10. Serve a meal at a soup kitchen or shelter
  11. Donate books and clothes.
  12. Call everyone Christmas day and sing a made up song of cheer
  13. String popcorn garlands.
  14. Look at photos and family videos
  15. Make and decorate gingerbread houses
  16. Serve latkes and sour cream with cinnamon and apple sauce
  17. Get out the family Pictionary game and play a few rounds
  18. Go outside for a family treasure hunt for each to find one present outside…bundle up
  19. Write up a wishes list for next year, fold it up and put it in a drawer after you read it so the world can hear you
  20. Make a toast of remembrance to those who died and aren\’t at the table this year
  21. Rent videos and cook together while watching
  22. Attend a musical event
  23. Go ice-skating
  24. Hold a cookie exchange party
  25. Enjoy wine tasting at a restaurant
  26. Take a day-long road trip
  27. Stop by for holiday cheer at a friend\’s
  28. Eat in bed and watch a movie
  29. Attend holiday parades and drive around looking at holiday lights at night
  30. Pick one new idea for next year at this time and write it down

Whatever you decide this year to celebrate, include the sweetness you are for others and they are for you. We forget smiles are sweet and lift the moment.

Celebrate life.

Natalie

Natalie Caine M.A.
Empty Nest Support Services
Los Angeles, CA
(800) 446-3310 or (818) 763-0188

On the web www.emptynestsupport.com

natalie@emptynestsupport.com

Featured in TIME MAGAZINE, NY TIMES, LIFETIME RADIO FOR WOMEN, LA TIMES, USA TODAY, WASHINGTON POST, BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS

Change is inevitable. Get Ready. Get Support. Life transitions need a hand to hold.

–        Private Telephone Consultations

–        Speaking engagements

–        Online classes

–        Support groups

–        Workshops

–        Free active message board – connect with others

–        Story of the Month

Facebook, Linked In, Twitter

Natalie Caine is the founder of Empty Nest Support Services. When her daughter was a senior in high school, she realized that as a soon-to-be “empty nester,” she would be undergoing a major life shift. Not wanting to confront this transition alone nor have her many friends face this abyss without strong support, she created a support services group, which quickly grew into a new career and an exciting full-time business.