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's your first Christmas subsequent to moving to Houston, and you can already tell the holiday doldrums will hit harder and faster this season. The professional movers in Houston have just left from unloading your stuff and now, not only do we have to contend with minimal sunlight throughout the holidays, but when you happen to be at a distance from your old buddies, family, as well as traditions, it's like a triple whammy on your emotional well-being. There are some things you're able to do to ease your sadness with not being "home" for the holidays, ranging from small gestures to big travels.

One important thing that can be done to keep the post-moving blues from exploding is to ensure that you get plenty of sunshine and physical activity. Take strolls if you can and obtain ample exercise inside if you're unable to be outside. Research shows that endorphins make us feel good, and physical activity floods your system with those little goodies.

Mail a Newsletter and Change of Address Cards

If you've not mailed change of address cards to your pals, it's time. Take a photo of the family members as well as your new residence and integrate a chatty family newsletter concerning all your "news"--house, area, job, schools. Informing your old buddies about your new life will put a smile on your face--it's bittersweet, inevitably, but can assist you to move forward.

Make sure your kids know that Santa is getting the change of address info, as well. Add a copy of the family newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both of them as a gift.

Get Involved—Volunteer

You can find sufficient opportunities to get involved with your new area through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holiday season is the same. Check out area social media pages for groups which suit you and your family, and organize a Saturday wrapping gifts or an evening in a soup kitchen.

A lot of community groups offer families the ability to provide Christmas for disadvantaged kids and households, and that is a great way to get your young ones involved. Bring them shopping with you--consult their suggestions about styles and colors, games and toys, and permit them to decide on some presents. Some organizations ask that you deliver unwrapped presents. In case you are wrapping the presents, have your children pick gift wrap and gift bags. Remember to tag wrapped presents with names and sizes.

While avoiding getting too cheezy over it, this kind of family task will do miracles in the direction of boosting teen attitudes--yes, your children are undoubtedly feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old pals, but helping other people will go quite a distance in the direction of getting things back into perspective.

Have a Holiday Trip

In England, a holiday is really a vacation. If you cannot get into the spirit of the season in the new area, and you are not able to get back to relatives and friends, go on a holiday--blow all of it off. This plan primarily works in the event that no one is genuinely expecting Santa (although with overnight delivery practically anywhere, why not), or you aren't flying to your vacation--hauling along all the presents results in significant checked baggage costs. Here are some tips on a holiday journey.

· Local resort--a resort of some type is inside of a day's travel of virtually anywhere in the country. These choices include things to do for the children and also grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, grownups not so much), fabulous decorations, wonderful meals, as well as a nice break from your routine. Seek out things such as decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and making sandcastles at the beach--depending on the spot where you travel.

· Island escape--when you take into account the total expenditures over the holidays, a tropical vacay is probably not as excessive as you think. Sure, it's a rather large amount, however when you do the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new apparel for parties, decorations, and anything else, that's commonly a surprising number, also. This can be a better option with older kids, who can entertain themselves whilst you rest.

· Christmas in the city--if you have observed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in New York, make this the year you go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be metropolitan areas that are perfect for the holiday season.

Choosing a break in the standard holiday routines will help you through this transitional year. Should you be still struggling with the doldrums and can't find a way to shake them, acquire some professional support. In some cases moving to Houston has more of a bearing than you expect, and it takes more than a getaway and a shopping trip to get back to feeling like yourself.


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