It used to be that every summer my mom would take my sister and I to the movies to see Disney’s latest animated feature. It was always a fun girl’s afternoon, and something I looked forward to when previews for the new movie started coming out. But then we get older, and there weren’t as many releases in the summer, and the tradition sort of halted.
When multiple job changes forced us to switch up another holiday tradition (going to New York City on Black Friday every year), we revived the Disney movie tradition and expanded it too. Instead of seeing a Broadway show or shopping around the department stores, we started seeing the new releases (now coming out Turkey Day weekend) as our holiday trip.
Only this time, my dad joined in the fun (and, of course, so did my husband).
In 2010, we all hung out and saw Tangled. (Even my dad admitted to crying during the lantern scene.)
In 2011, we saw The Muppets. (I am absolutely lucky my parents put up with my crazy excited and later sobbing behavior because I was over-the-moon insane that evening.)
Thing about going to the movies is that it’s not cheap. For a family of 5, you have to be prepared to spend $60 alone on tickets (before the tax) and we normally don’t even grab snacks or drinks. But it is a nice way to spend the evening, even if it’s become more of a “once in awhile” thing instead of every Friday. (I swear I used to go to the movies so much when I was a kid.) You can’t deny it’s a better deal than dropping the minimum of $30 a ticket for a Broadway show (which is pretty unlikely during a busy holiday weekend like Thanksgiving).
Movie time it is!
I bet you can guess one of the things on my to-do list for the upcoming weekend. Heading over to the movie theater and seeing Frozen with the family, of course. (I’m definitely looking forward to meeting Olaf the Snowman. He’s so cute!) After an unexpectedly rough Thanksgiving last year, I think we are all going to appreciate embracing our relatively new tradition and let Disney take us away for a little while.
In the past few years, I’ve realized it’s so difficult for me to rework traditions. I value them so much. It’s part of what makes some holidays so special for me and it’s hard to give up something you’ve been doing for SO long. But when you get married and life happens, there has to be a certain amount of flexibility there and making new traditions is part of that. I’ve been more and more okay with trying new things out. In the end, it’s about spending time together, no matter what you do.
I think, especially on the even of Thanksgiving Day, it’s important to remember that.
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend spending time with family and friends, celebrating traditions old and new.