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Dec 24, 2023

Home For the Holidays



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The holidays are fast approaching and I find myself extra excited for my college kids to get home and be under my roof again. Decorating our tree together as a family, watching Elf, starting a cozy fire, and snacking on our favorite holiday treats are some of my favorite pastimes. I am lucky that my children are at an age where they still come home for the holidays. I still have a junior in high school, so our home is still the central gathering place for everyone. However, after watching the interview with Julia Roberts on The Today Show, it struck me that the traditional Norman Rockwell picture of everyone gathered around the same table with a holiday meal is one version of Home, but it’s not the only one. And frankly, in modern times, it’s a little outdated.

Julia was talking about how she was traveling for her new movie at the moment, her husband Randy was home with one of their children, and her two college-aged twins were gone over Thanksgiving break. That’s four different places for six people! And yet she still felt like they were all “Home” together because they gathered over FaceTime, laughed, shared stories, and just had good quality time to connect. They were so happy to be together despite being in different physical places.

In this day and age, it’s a great time to explore the modern concept of “Home” during the holidays, especially for some of you who are Empty Nesters.

Here are some ways to redefine “home” for the holidays:

1. Virtual Gatherings: In this modern world, technology allows families to come together regardless of physical distance. Embracing virtual gatherings through video calls can create a sense of togetherness and celebration.

2. New Traditions: Embrace the opportunity to create new holiday traditions that fit your current family dynamics. Whether it’s a new activity, a special meal, or a unique way of exchanging gifts, forging new traditions can make the holidays feel special and meaningful.

3. Extended Family: For Empty Nesters with children in different states or time zones, consider extending the definition of “family” to include close friends, neighbors, or other loved ones who may not have blood relations but still hold a special place in your heart.

4. Travel and Exploration: Embrace the freedom of being Empty Nesters by considering holiday travel or exploring new places. Whether it’s a cozy cabin in the mountains or a sunny beach getaway, changing the physical location of your holiday celebrations can bring a sense of adventure and new experiences.

5. Giving Back: Consider using the holiday season as an opportunity to give back to your community or support causes that are important to your family. Volunteering together or making charitable donations can create a sense of purpose and connection during the holidays.

By reimagining the concept of home and embracing new possibilities, Empty-Nesters can create holiday experiences that are rich, fulfilling, and deeply connected. It’s all about finding what works best for your family and celebrating the unique qualities that make your holiday season special.

Wherever you are, and however your family Looks, here at The Empty Nester Club, we wish you a very happy holiday season!



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