istock_000021610444smallThe holidays can look and feel a lot different when you’re retired. After all, your life changes a lot when you step back from your career and raising a family. The great thing is that you have the opportunity to create new traditions. If you are considering choosing a retirement community for your next home, know that there are many exciting things they do to make the holidays special.

With parties, decoration and fun seasonal outings, the community of a senior care facility can be huge for making new holiday traditions and wonderful memories. Though it’s even months away till Thanksgiving much less the rest of the holiday season, now would be a great time to decide where you’d like to be. Your children starting families of their own, the decision to move to a senior living facility, and a change in your days after retirement can all have an impact on your traditions.

Planning ahead for the holidays is key to making the holidays special, yet simplified after retirement. The sooner you start deciding what to include in your celebrations, where they’ll be hosted and other details, the easier it is to plan the season step by step. Talk to friends and family about where to host Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or other special occasions. If you’ll be traveling for the holidays you’ll want to buy your tickets far enough in advance to get the best deals.

You’ll also want to make a budget far in advance, especially if you have air fare, a train ticket, or gas money to factor in. It’s easy to be overly generous during the holidays or get swept up in the special season. Go over your monthly spending well in advance and see if there is anywhere you can cut corners during these end of the year months and how much you can comfortably spend. By starting now, you might even be able to save up a little extra to put toward holiday spending.

Retirement is a wonderful opportunity to turn over a new leaf and make new memories. Get started off on the right foot by planning ahead, and make the holiday season at your new retirement community a magical one full of new friends, new traditions, and special times.