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 away is to make sure that you get a good amount of sunshine and physical exercise. Take walks if you're able to and get plenty of physical activity indoors if you're unable to be outdoors. Studies have shown that endorphins make us feel a lot better, and physical activity floods your body with those little goodies.
Mail a Newsletter and Change of Address Notes
If you haven't forwarded change of address cards to your friends, it's time. Snap a pic of the family members and your new house and integrate a chatty newsletter concerning all your "news"--residence, town, employment, schools. Telling your old buddies about your new life can put a smile on your face--it is bittersweet, no doubt, but can assist you to proceed.
Make sure your kids understand that Santa will get the change of address info, as well. Add a copy of your newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they're older, frame both as a present.
You can find adequate possibilities to get involved with your new area through schools, church, and non-profit organizations, and the holidays are no different. Take a look at area social media pages for groups which interest you and your family, and schedule a Sunday wrapping gifts or an afternoon in a soup kitchen.
Numerous community groups give families the chance to supply Christmas for disadvantaged youngsters and households, which is a wonderful way to get your kids engaged. Bring them shopping with you--consult their advice on styles and colors, toys and games, and let them select a couple of items. Various groups ask that you deliver unwrapped presents. In case you are wrapping the presents, let your kids choose gift wrap and also gift bags. Make sure you tag wrapped items with names and sizes.
Without getting too schmaltzy about it, this kind of group exercise will do miracles when it comes to improving teen attitudes--of course, your young ones are surely feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, however helping other people goes a long way in the direction of getting things back into perspective.
Take a Holiday Vacation
In England, a holiday is a vacation. If you can't dive into the spirit of the season in your new city, and also you cannot go back to family and friends, go on a holiday--blow the whole thing off. This course only is effective in the event that nobody is truly anticipating Santa (however with overnight shipping and delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you are not flying on your vacation--carrying along all the presents translates into significant checked baggage costs. Here are a few suggestions for a holiday escape.
· Local resort--a destination of some kind is within a day's drive of almost anywhere in the nation. These selections contain activities for the kids and also grown-ups (supervised for kids, grownups not so much), incredible decorations, great meals, and a good break from your routine. Seek out things like decorating Christmas cookies, elf on the shelf hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and even building sandcastles at the beach--depending on the spot where you visit.
· Island getaway--when you consider the total expenditures of the holiday season, an island vacay may not be as excessive as you imagine. Without a doubt, it is a relatively grand sum, but if you perform the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new clothes for celebrations, decorations, and everything else, this is often a alarming number, also. This may be a better option with older children, that will entertain themselves whilst you chill out.
· Christmas in the city--if you've viewed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in New York, turn this into the year you are going. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville are also metropolitan areas which can be perfect for the holidays.
Taking a change in the standard holiday routines can help you through this transitional year. In case you are still battling the doldrums and are unable to find a way to shake them, acquire some professional assistance. At times moving to Little Rock has more of an effect than you anticipate, and it takes more than a getaway and a shopping trip to help you feel better.
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