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 sooner 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 throughout the holidays, but if you're apart from your old friends, family, and also traditions, it's like a triple whammy to your psychological well-being. There are some things that can be done to ease your sorrow with not being "home" for the holidays, which range from modest gestures to significant excursions.

Something that can be done to keep the post-moving blues away is to make sure that you get a good amount of sunlight and exercise. Take strolls if you can and get ample physical exercise inside if you can't be outside. Research shows that endorphins help to make us feel good, and physical activity floods your body with those little goodies.

Send 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 help you move on.

Make sure your children know that Santa is getting the change of address information, also. Add a copy of your newsletter along with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both as a gift.

Get Involved—Volunteer

You'll find sufficient chances to become involved in your new community through schools, church, and non-profit organizations, and the holidays are no different. Take a look at local 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, which is a great method of getting your kids involved. Bring them shopping with you--consult their recommendations on styles and colors, toys and games, and allow them to select some gifts. Various groups ask that you deliver unwrapped gifts. If you are wrapping the gifts, let your children pick out wrapping paper and gift bags. Be sure 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 kids are surely feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old pals, however serving other people will go quite a distance when it comes to putting things back into perspective.

Go on a Holiday Vacation

In England, a holiday really is a vacation. If you can't dive into the spirit of the season in your new area, and you are unable to go back to friends and family, go on a holiday--blow the entire thing off. This course mainly is effective if nobody is really expecting Santa (although with overnight delivery practically anywhere, why not), or you aren't flying to your vacation--lugging along all that loot results in hefty checked baggage fees. 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 incorporate activities for your children and grown-ups (supervised for children, adults not as much), incredible decorations, wonderful foods, and a nice break in the routine. Look for things like decorating Christmas cookies, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and building sandcastles on the seashore--subject to the place you travel.

· Island escape--when you consider the combined costs over the holiday season, an island vacay may not be as excessive as you imagine. Without a doubt, it can be a fairly remarkable sum, however when you do the math on trees, presents, hosting a party, new clothes for functions, decorations, and everything else, that is commonly a stunning amount, too. 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 dreamed of Christmas in NYC, turn this into the year you decide to go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be places which can be perfect for the holidays.

Taking 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 takes more than a getaway and a shopping trip to clear your head.


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