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How can I better plan for holidays this year?

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I would like to start celebrating the big American holidays (Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s). As an adult, I’ve tended to let these holidays sneak up on me and end up scrambling, half-assing, or skipping them altogether. Need practical tips of when (and how) to start planning! A bit about my lifestyle: I’m not religious, an introvert so big parties aren’t my thing, in a long term relationship and both of us have tiny families who aren’t into holidays (also, my ladyfriend has chronic illnesses and permanent physical disabilities, so for practical reasons we don’t travel a lot or plan too many things back to back).

I know this is a broad question but all tips are welcome. My parents let holidays slide and I feel like I don’t know things that I should, like how far in advance to book a dinner for Valentine’s Day, or Easter brunch, or how an introvert can enjoy Halloween if costume parties don’t sound fun. When do you acquire decorations and do you decorate for minor holidays? How much time do I need to dedicate to making holidays feel, well, like a holiday? I feel overwhelmed by how to make meaningful traditions fit when I’m often very worn out or broke, but I really would like to make these holidays feel more special instead of feeling wistful at another one gone.

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