Not Feeling Festive? Tips for Managing Your First Holiday in a New City
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
One important thing you can do to keep the post-moving blues under control is to ensure that you get an abundance of sunshine and physical activity. Take walks when you can and get ample physical activity indoors if you're unable to be outside. Studies have shown that endorphins help to make us feel a lot better, and physical activity floods your system with those little goodies.
Send a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Notes
If you've not sent change of address cards to your buddies, now's the time. Snap a picture of the family as well as your new house and include a chatty newsletter regarding all your "news"--house, city, job, schools. Sharing with your old friends concerning your new life could put a grin on your face--it's bittersweet, no doubt, but will assist you to proceed.
Be sure that your youngsters know that Santa is getting the change of address information, also. Put a copy of the family newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both as a keepsake.
There are sufficient opportunities to become involved in 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 which suit you and your family, and schedule a Saturday wrapping presents or an evening in a soup kitchen.
A lot of neighborhood groups give people the ability to supply Christmas for disadvantaged children and households, which is an excellent way of getting your young ones engaged. Take them shopping with you--consult their recommendations on colors and styles, toys and games, and let them select a couple of gifts. Various groups request that you bring in unwrapped items. If you're wrapping the gifts, let your children pick out gift wrap or gift bags. Don't forget to label wrapped items with names and sizes.
While not becoming too schmaltzy about it, this type of family task will do wonders towards improving adolescent attitudes--of course, your kids are undoubtedly feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, but serving other folks goes quite a distance when it comes to getting things back into perspective.
Take a Holiday Getaway
In England, a holiday really is a vacation. If you're unable to get into the spirit of the season in your new city, and also you can't get back to relatives and friends, have a holiday--blow the entire thing off. This course primarily works in the event that no one is genuinely expecting Santa (however with overnight shipping and delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you aren't flying on your vacation--lugging along all that loot translates into substantial checked baggage charges. Below are some tips on a holiday escape.
· Local resort--a vacation resort of some kind is inside of a day's drive of just about any place in the nation. These possibilities contain recreation for the children and grown-ups (supervised for kids, adults not as much), fabulous decorations, great dinners, along with a nice break in the routine. Try to find such things as decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot chocolate, and building sandcastles on the beach--depending on where you visit.
· Island getaway--when you think about the total expenses across the holidays, a tropical vacay may not be as outrageous as you assume. Without a doubt, it is a relatively large amount, but if you carry out the math on trees, presents, entertaining, new apparel for events, decorations, and everything else, that is often a surprising number, as well. This can be a better option with older kids, that will amuse themselves whilst you take it easy.
· Christmas in the city--if you have viewed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in The Big Apple, turn this into the year you are going. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville are other places which can be ideal for the holidays.
Choosing a break out of your standard holiday routines will help you through this transitional year. Should you be still struggling with the doldrums and can't manage to shake them, acquire some professional assistance. Sometimes moving to Austin has more of an impact than you want, and it requires more than a vacation and a shopping trip to clear your head.
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