5 Ways to Create Your Own Holiday Traditions as an ESL Learner and Ex-Pat in Houston

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Ex-Pat in Houston

I am not a Texas native. I was born and raised in Missouri, and I’ve always felt a little like a fish out of water here in Texas. But over the years, I’ve learned the importance of putting down roots and starting some traditions of my own. This is especially important for me now that I have a daughter. The holidays are a great time to start traditions that can help you feel more at home here in Houston by making you feel like a part of the community.

Here are some December traditions I have started or plan to explore this year.

1. The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a quintessential Christmastime story. My mom used to take me to the Kansas City Ballet’s version of this tale when I was a kid. So, two years ago, I began the tradition with my own daughter. There are a number of different theaters that put on this performance. I can personally recommend the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theater performance at UHCL. It's so good that even little ones don't fuss too much in their seats!

2. Christmas Fun Run

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