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 at bay is to ensure that you get plenty of sunshine and physical activity. Take strolls when you can and get ample exercise inside if you cannot be outdoors. Studies have shown that endorphins make us feel better, and exercise floods your system with those little goodies.
Send out a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Notes
If you've not mailed change of address cards to your friends, it's time. Snap a photo of your family along with your new home and integrate a chatty newsletter regarding all your "news"--residence, town, work, schools. Sharing with your old pals regarding your new life could put a grin on your face--it's bittersweet, inevitably, but can help you move on.
Ensure that your youngsters know that Santa will get the change of address info, too. Add a copy of the family newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they're older, frame both of them as a keepsake.
You can find sufficient chances to get involved with your new local community through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holidays are no exception. Check out area social media pages for groups that interest you and your family, and schedule a weekend wrapping gifts or an evening in a soup kitchen.
Numerous neighborhood groups provide families the ability to provide Christmas for disadvantaged youngsters and households, and that is an excellent way of getting your children engaged. Bring them shopping with you--consult their advice on styles and colors, games and toys, and allow them to select a couple of items. Certain groups ask that you bring unwrapped presents. In case you are wrapping the presents, let your children choose paper and gift bags. Be sure to tag wrapped gifts with names and sizes.
Without getting too cheezy over it, this kind of family exercise does wonders in the direction of boosting adolescent attitudes--of course, your children are invariably feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old pals, nevertheless serving other folks will go quite a distance in the direction of having things back into perspective.
Have a Holiday Trip
In England, a holiday really is a vacation. If you cannot find yourself in the spirit of the season as part of your new community, and you simply can't go back to relatives and friends, go on a holiday--blow all of it off. This plan mainly will work in the event that no one is truly expecting Santa (although with overnight shipping practically anywhere, why not), or you are not flying for your vacation--lugging along all that loot means hefty checked baggage costs. Below are some tips on a holiday getaway.
· Local resort--a vacation resort of some type is within a day's drive of virtually any place in the country. These selections contain recreation for the children and also grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, grownups not really), incredible decorations, wonderful meals, along with a decent break from the routine. Seek out things like decorating Christmas cookies, elf on the shelf hunts, sleigh rides with hot chocolate, and making sandcastles on the seashore--subject to the place you go.
· Island escape--when you think about the combined costs of the holiday season, an island vacay may not be as preposterous as you think. Without a doubt, it's a rather grand sum, but if you carry out the math on trees, presents, hosting a party, new clothes for functions, decorations, and anything else, this is typically a alarming number, too. This can be a better choice with older kids, that will entertain themselves as you rest.
· Christmas in the city--if you have watched the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in New York, turn this into the year you go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville are other cities which are great for the holidays.
Having a change out of your standard holiday routines just might help you through this transitional year. If you're still battling the blues and are unable to seem to shake them, acquire some professional support. In some cases moving to Oklahoma City has more of an impact than you anticipate, and it requires more than a getaway and a shopping trip to help you feel better.
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