As exciting as it may be to start the retirement chapter of your life in a new state and a new home, we understand how houses can hold so many precious memories. Around the holiday season in retirement, it may be difficult to get into the Christmas spirit in a home that wasn’t the family home you lived in before. Family traditions, seeing your children grow up, and memorable holiday gatherings are moments you’ll never forget, but in this new chapter, you’ll be able to reinvent your favorite traditions and create new memories. Here are some of the ways you can make the most out of the holiday season in retirement.

Host Family

Hosting your family in your new home and showing them your new home is the easiest way to get all of the benefits of the holiday season in retirement. The holidays are a time for friends and family, so there’s no better time to join together and create new memories by having everyone under one roof. No matter where your family is visiting from, they’re sure to enjoy all of the amenities that our featured communities have to offer. Though there may not be snow or ice for sledding or ice skating, you can create new annual holiday activities like a family pickleball tournament or simply enjoy mild Charleston temperatures on the front porch.

Use This Time to Meet New People

You can make the most out of the holiday season in retirement by embracing the social calendar and gathering hosted in your very own community. In Carnes Crossroad, events are held at the Green Barn, an open-air gathering place, and in Nexton, a covered pavilion is perfect for socializing. Many of our communities have an on-staff events director, so you don’t even have to worry about the trouble of planning a party. The holidays are a time to come together, so use this time of cheers to meet new people and create lasting friendships.

Make New Traditions

Making new traditions is one of the best parts of moving into a new home. Not only can you find new holiday events to attend in the Charleston area, but you can also use this time to speak with your children and grandchildren about what traditions they’d like to have. Adapting and evolving with the needs and interests of your family won’t only make for an enjoyable holiday season in retirement, but it can also allow opportunities for your family to grow closer. 


While the holidays are a time for togetherness, they are also a time to appreciate all you have and give back to those less fortunate. To truly achieve the meaning of the holiday season in retirement, spend some of your free time volunteering at a charity or organization that means something to you. There are many volunteer opportunities in the Charleston area, from the Lowcountry Food Bank to The Charleston Animal Society and so much more. If you have friends or family visiting, volunteering together is a great way to come together over the holiday season. Ultimately, giving back at any point in the year is a great way to meet people, get to know your community, and do good.

Contact The Martin Freeman Group

No matter what you celebrate this month, we know that living in Charleston will help you make the most out of the holiday season in retirement. If you’re interested in the Lowcountry becoming your new home, reach out to the Martin Freeman Group today. Whether you have a specific idea in mind or don’t even know where to start, we are here to listen, research, and over-deliver on all of your home requirements.

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