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 from exploding is to make sure that you get a good amount of sunlight 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"--home, area, job, schools. Informing your old friends about your new life will put a smile on your face--it's bittersweet, inevitably, but can assist you to proceed.
Make sure your kids know that Santa is getting the change of address information, too. Include a copy of the family newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both of them as a present.
There are 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 weekend wrapping gifts or an evening in a soup kitchen.
A lot of community groups offer households the ability to provide Christmas for disadvantaged children and households, and that is a great method of getting your young ones involved. Bring them shopping with you--consult their recommendations on styles and colors, games and toys, and permit them to decide on some gifts. Some organizations ask that you bring unwrapped presents. In case you are wrapping the gifts, have your kids pick gift wrap and gift bags. Remember to tag wrapped presents with names and sizes.
While avoiding getting too cheezy over it, this sort of family task does miracles in the direction of boosting teen attitudes--yes, your children are undoubtedly feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old pals, however 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 a vacation. If you can't get into the spirit of the season in the new area, and you cannot return to relatives and friends, go on a holiday--blow all of it off. This plan primarily will work if no one is genuinely expecting Santa (however with overnight shipping practically anywhere, why not), or you aren't flying for your vacation--lugging along all that loot results in hefty 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 selections 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 good 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 seashore--depending on the spot where you travel.
· Island getaway--when you take into account the total expenditures over the holidays, a tropical vacay is probably not as preposterous as you think. Of course, it is a fairly large sum, but when you perform the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new apparel for parties, decorations, and everything else, that's commonly a surprising number, too. This is a better option with older kids, who are able to entertain themselves whilst you take it easy.
· Christmas in the city--if you have observed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in The Big Apple, make this the year you decide to 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 are not able to find a way to shake them, get some professional help. In some cases moving to Killeen has more of a bearing than you expect, and it requires more than a getaway and a shopping trip to get back to feeling like yourself.
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