Days of Christmas

On the 8th day of Christmas…

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Christmas Traditions as a Young Adult

If you don’t already know, I’m a young adult. Aka I’m a college graduate in my early twenties, who no longer lives with their parents and may not have the time to visit them during the holidays. As a result, many of the traditions and activities that once were a large piece of my Christmas season are… null and void. -.-

  • I can’t go pick out a Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.
  • I can’t help hang stockings by the fire while my mom decorates the tree, TransSiberian Orchestra-style Christmas music blaring all over the house.
  • I can’t steal pieces of food while my parents do the real work making Christmas dinner.
  • I can’t help set the fine china on the dining room table before we eat.
  • I can’t have my parents help me bake cookies and set them by the fire for Santa(or burn a few so only my mom will eat them. >.> Classic that one.)

There are so many small, minor, barely traditional activities that I used to do when I lived with my parents. Yet, now I can’t. Partly because I don’t live with them and partly because they broke my hopes and dreams by telling me Santa wasn’t real. -.- Thanks for that one, mom and dad.

However, the biggest struggle as a young adult when it comes to the holidays is trying to figure out what to do. What traditions can I keep from when I lived at home? What traditions are still affordable now that I live alone? How much time do I have to bake those batches of cookies? How big of a turkey do I really need to make for myself (and perhaps some friends)? More importantly, how do I cook it?

Alright. So, maybe I can’t do the things that I used to be able to, but that just means I can make traditions of my own. I want to watch twelve movies to celebrate the twelve days of Christmas. I want to build a Gingerbread House every year and leave it until it’s hard as rock and can’t eat it. :p I want to set out a Christmas puzzle after Thanksgiving and put a couple pieces in every time I walk by. (It’ll be done by Christmas, right? New Years at the latest. :p) I want to see The Nutcracker Ballet every year at a concert hall.

I might not be a kid. I might have to finally accept that I’m an adult, at least during this time of year, but that’s not so bad when it means I can make traditions of my own. Even then, I can keep some of the old ones. I will work on that puzzle. I’ll bake them cookies and just pretend I’m both Santa eating them and the little kid surprised on Christmas day (because I’m just that awesome! :p) It’s just another step on the road to adulthood (which looks uncannily like the yellow brick road… huh.)

Movies To Watch
1) The Santa Claus
2) Unaccompanied Minor
3) How the Grinch Stole Christmas
4) Scrooged
5) Love Actually
6) Home Alone
7) Home Alone 2
8) Nothing Like the Holidays
9) The Holiday
10) Rise of The Guardians
11) Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer
12) Frosty, The Snowman
Activities To Do
1) Decorate the Tree
2) Make Cookies
3) Build a Gingerbread House
4) Visit Christkindlmarkt
5) Ice Skating
6) Hot Cocoa by the Fireplace
7) Build a Snowman
8) Snowball Fight
9) Complete Holiday Puzzle
10) Read ‘A Christmas Carol’
11) Christmas Party
12) Participate in Secret Santa

As a young adult, how do you celebrate Christmas? Do you have a hard time sticking to old traditions? Or do you make new ones?

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