Not Feeling Festive? Tips for Managing Your First Holiday in a New City
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
One important thing that can be done to keep the post-moving blues under control is to make certain that you get plenty of sunlight and exercise. Take walks if you can and get ample physical activity indoors if you cannot be outside. Research indicates that endorphins make us feel good, and physical activity floods your system with those little goodies.
Send out a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Notes
If you've not forwarded change of address cards to your friends, it's time. Take a photo of your family and your new house and integrate a chatty newsletter regarding all your "news"--residence, town, employment, schools. Telling your old friends regarding your new life can put a grin on your face--it's bittersweet, no doubt, but can help you proceed.
Ensure that your children understand that Santa will get the change of address info, too. Include a copy of your family newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they're older, frame both as a present.
You can find adequate opportunities to get involved with your new area through schools, church, and non-profit organizations, and the holiday season is no exception. Check out local social media pages for groups that appeal to you and your family, and arrange a Sunday wrapping presents or an evening in a soup kitchen.
Numerous neighborhood groups offer people the chance to provide Christmas for disadvantaged youngsters and families, which is a wonderful way of getting your young ones engaged. Bring them shopping with you--consult their guidance on styles and colors, games and toys, and permit them to choose a few items. Various groups request that you bring in unwrapped gifts. In case you are wrapping the gifts, have your children select gift wrap or gift bags. Make sure you label wrapped presents with names and sizes.
Without becoming too cheezy over it, this kind of group exercise will do wonders towards improving teenage attitudes--yes, your young ones are surely feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old pals, however serving other people will go a long way towards getting things back into perspective.
Go on a Holiday Getaway
In England, a holiday really is a vacation. If you cannot dive into the spirit of the season in your new community, and you cannot return to family and friends, take a holiday--blow all of it off. This course only works when nobody is actually expecting Santa (however with overnight delivery practically anywhere, why not), or you're not flying on your vacation--carrying along all the gifts results in hefty checked baggage fees. Here are a few tips on a holiday escape.
· Local resort--a vacation resort of some type is inside of a day's drive of almost any place in the nation. These selections include things to do for the children and also grown-ups (supervised for kids, adults not so much), fabulous decorations, great foods, as well as a nice break from the routine. Look for things like decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and even making sandcastles on the seashore--dependent upon where you visit.
· Island retreat--when you take into account the combined expenses across the holiday season, a tropical vacay is probably not as preposterous as you assume. Without a doubt, it's a rather remarkable sum, but when you carry out the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new apparel for parties, decorations, and everything else, that's often a shocking amount, as well. This is a better choice with older kids, who can amuse themselves while you rest.
· Christmas in the city--if you have watched the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and imagined Christmas in NYC, turn this into the year you are going. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be metropolitan areas that are great for the holiday season.
Choosing a change out of your usual holiday routines just might help you through this transitional year. Should you be still battling the doldrums and are unable to manage to shake them, find some professional assistance. In some cases moving to Denver has more of a bearing than you anticipate, and it takes more than a getaway and a shopping trip to get back to feeling like yourself.
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