Not Feeling Festive? Tips for Managing Your First Holiday in a New City

Moving over the holidaysBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

It is your very first Christmas following moving to Colorado Springs, and it is possible to already feel the holiday blues could very well hit stronger and faster this present year. The professional movers in Colorado Springs have barely left from unloading your stuff and now, not only do we have to cope with limited sunlight during the holidays, but if you're away from your old friends, loved ones, and also traditions, it is like a triple whammy to your psychological well-being. There are some things that can be done to alleviate your sorrow with not being "home" for the holidays, ranging from small gestures to significant excursions.

One thing you can do to keep the post-moving blues away is to ensure that you get plenty of sunshine and physical exercise. Take strolls if you're able to and get ample physical exercise inside if you cannot be outside. Research shows that endorphins help to make us feel better, and exercise floods your body with those little goodies.

Send out a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Cards

If you've not forwarded change of address cards to your pals, it's time. Snap a pic of the family along with your new residence and include a chatty newsletter concerning all your "news"--house, city, job, schools. Telling your old pals concerning your new life can put a grin on your face--it is bittersweet, no doubt, but can assist you to move on.

Make sure your children understand that Santa is getting the change of address info, also. Include a copy of your newsletter along with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both as a present.

Get Involved—Volunteer

You'll find ample chances to become involved in your new local community through schools, church, and non-profit organizations, and the holidays are no different. Take a look at community social media pages for organizations that interest you and your family, and plan a Sunday wrapping gifts or an afternoon in a soup kitchen.

Numerous neighborhood groups offer families the ability to give Christmas for disadvantaged children and families, and this is a great way to get your kids involved. Bring them shopping with you--consult their recommendations on styles and colors, toys and games, and let them decide on a few gifts. Various groups ask that you deliver unwrapped presents. If you are wrapping the gifts, let your kids pick out paper and also gift bags. Remember to tag wrapped items with names and sizes.

Without getting too schmaltzy about it, this type of group exercise will do wonders in the direction of boosting teenage attitudes--yes, your children are undoubtedly feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old pals, but serving others will go quite a distance when it comes to putting things back into perspective.

Go on a Holiday Getaway

In England, a holiday really is a vacation. If you cannot get into the spirit of the season as part of your new area, and also you are unable to go back to family and friends, take a holiday--blow the whole thing off. This course only is effective if nobody is really anticipating Santa (however with overnight delivery practically anywhere, why not), or you aren't flying for your vacation--hauling along all that loot results in significant checked baggage charges. Here are some suggestions for a holiday journey.

· Local resort--a vacation resort of some type is within a day's drive of almost any place in the region. These choices integrate activities for your children and also grown-ups (supervised for kids, adults not as much), incredible decorations, wonderful foods, and a nice break from the routine. Try to find things like decorating Christmas cookies, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and building sandcastles on the beach--subject to where you travel.

· Island getaway--when you consider the combined costs over the holiday season, an island vacay might not be as preposterous as you imagine. Without a doubt, it can be a rather remarkable sum, but when you perform the math on trees, presents, hosting a party, new clothes for events, decorations, and everything else, that is commonly a stunning amount, also. This may be a better choice with teens, that will amuse themselves whilst you chill out.

· Christmas in the city--if you have observed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and imagined Christmas in NYC, turn this into the year you go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be places which can be perfect for the holidays.

Having a break in the normal holiday routines just might help you through this transitional year. In case you are still combating the doldrums and are not able to manage to shake them, find some professional help. Sometimes moving to Colorado Springs has more of an effect than you expect, and it requires more than a vacation and a shopping trip to clear your head.


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