Not Feeling Festive? Tips for Managing Your First Holiday in a New City
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Something that can be done to keep the post-moving doldrums from exploding is to ensure that you get a good amount of natural light and physical exercise. Take strolls when you can and get a good amount of physical exercise indoors if you're unable to be outside. Studies have shown that endorphins make us feel good, and physical exercise floods your body with those little goodies.
Mail a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Notes
If you haven't forwarded change of address cards to your buddies, it's time. Take a pic of your family members along with your new residence and include a chatty family newsletter about all your "news"--house, area, work, schools. Informing your old friends concerning your new life will put a grin on your face--it is bittersweet, inevitably, but can assist you to proceed.
Make sure your children are aware that Santa is getting the change of address information, too. Put a copy of your newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both as a gift.
There are sufficient possibilities to get involved with your new local community through schools, church, and non-profit organizations, and the holidays are the same. Take a look at local social media pages for organizations that appeal to you and your family, and organize a Saturday wrapping presents or an afternoon in a soup kitchen.
Many neighborhood groups provide people the chance to give Christmas for disadvantaged youngsters and families, and this is an excellent method of getting your kids involved. Take them shopping with you--ask their suggestions about colors and styles, toys and games, and let them select a few presents. Some groups ask that you deliver unwrapped presents. In case you are wrapping the gifts, have your kids choose gift wrap and gift bags. Be sure to tag wrapped presents with names and sizes.
While avoiding getting too schmaltzy over it, this type of family activity will do wonders when it comes to improving adolescent attitudes--of course, your kids are invariably feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, but helping other folks will go quite a distance towards getting things back into perspective.
Take a Holiday Trip
In England, a holiday really is a vacation. If you can't get into the spirit of the season in the new city, and you can't go back to family and friends, have a holiday--blow the whole thing off. This tactic mainly will work if no one is truly anticipating Santa (but with overnight shipping almost anywhere, why not), or you are not flying to your vacation--hauling along all that loot results in hefty checked baggage fees. Here are some suggestions for a holiday getaway.
· Local resort--a resort of some sort is within a day's travel of nearly any place in the country. These possibilities contain things to do for the children and also grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, adults not really), fabulous decorations, wonderful meals, along with a nice break in the routine. Try to find such things as decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and even making sandcastles at the ocean--depending on where you go.
· Island getaway--when you consider the aggregate expenses of the holiday season, a tropical vacay may not be as preposterous as you think. Without a doubt, it can be a rather grand sum, however when you perform the math on trees, presents, hosting a party, new apparel for functions, decorations, and anything else, that's often a stunning amount, too. This may be a better option with older children, who can entertain themselves while you rest.
· Christmas in the city--if you've watched the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in NYC, turn this into the year you decide to go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be cities that are perfect for the holiday season.
Taking a break in the usual holiday routines just might help you through this transitional year. If you're still battling the blues and are not able to seem to shake them, find some professional assistance. In some cases moving to Houston has more of a bearing than you expect, and it requires more than a vacation and a shopping trip to get back to feeling like yourself.
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