Not Feeling Festive? Tips for Managing Your First Holiday in a New City
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
One thing that can be done to keep the post-moving doldrums under control is to make sure that you get plenty of sunshine and exercise. Take walks if you can and obtain ample physical activity indoors if you can't be outside. Studies have shown that endorphins make us feel a lot better, and physical activity floods your system with those little goodies.
Mail a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Notes
If you've not mailed change of address cards to your buddies, now's the time. Take a pic of your family members and your new residence and include a chatty newsletter about all your "news"--house, area, employment, schools. Informing your old pals concerning your new life could put a grin on your face--it is bittersweet, inevitably, but can assist you to move on.
Be sure that your children understand that Santa will get the change of address details, as well. Put a copy of your newsletter together with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both as a gift.
There are adequate chances to become involved in your new area through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holiday season is no different. Take a look at community social media pages for organizations which suit you and your family, and arrange a weekend wrapping presents or an afternoon in a soup kitchen.
Many community organizations give households the opportunity to supply Christmas for disadvantaged children and families, which is a great way to get your young ones involved. Take them shopping with you--request their recommendations on styles and colors, toys and games, and permit them to decide on a couple of gifts. Various organizations request that you deliver unwrapped gifts. If you are wrapping the items, let your youngsters choose wrapping paper or gift bags. Be sure to label wrapped presents with names and sizes.
While not becoming too schmaltzy over it, this type of group activity does wonders when it comes to boosting teen attitudes--of course, your kids are surely feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old pals, however serving others will go a long way towards having things back into perspective.
Take a Holiday Vacation
In England, a holiday really is a vacation. If you cannot find yourself in the spirit of the season in your new city, and you cannot go back to friends and family, have a holiday--blow the whole thing off. This tactic primarily works in the event that nobody is really anticipating Santa (however with overnight delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you are not flying on your vacation--lugging along all the presents translates into substantial checked baggage fees. Below are some tips on a holiday getaway.
· Local resort--a destination of some type is within a day's travel of nearly any place in the nation. These selections include things to do for your children and also grown-ups (supervised for children, adults not so much), magnificent decorations, wonderful meals, and a good break from the routine. Try to find things like decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot chocolate, and even making sandcastles on the seashore--dependent upon the place you travel.
· Island retreat--when you consider the total costs of the holiday season, a tropical vacay is probably not as preposterous as you assume. Of course, it can be a fairly remarkable amount, but if you do the math on trees, presents, hosting a party, new apparel for functions, decorations, and whatever else, that is often a astonishing number, also. This is a better choice with older children, who can amuse themselves as you chill out.
· Christmas in the city--if you've watched the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed of Christmas in NYC, make this the year you go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville are other cities which are ideal for the holidays.
Taking a change out of your standard holiday routines will help you through this transitional year. Should you be still struggling with the doldrums and are not able to find a way to shake them, get some professional assistance. In some cases moving to Colorado Springs has more of an effect than you want, and it can take more than a getaway and a shopping trip to clear your head.
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