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're able to do to keep the post-moving doldrums away is to make certain that you get plenty of sunlight and physical activity. Take walks if you're able to and obtain a good amount of physical activity inside if you can't be outside. Research indicates that endorphins make us feel good, and exercise floods your body with those little goodies.
Mail a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Cards
If you have not sent change of address cards to your friends, now's the time. Snap a photo of the family along with your new home and integrate a chatty newsletter regarding all your "news"--residence, city, work, schools. Informing your old pals regarding your new life can put a grin on your face--it is bittersweet, no doubt, but can make it easier to move forward.
Ensure that your youngsters are aware that Santa is getting the change of address info, too. Put a copy of the newsletter along with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame the two as a keepsake.
There are ample opportunities to get involved with your new area through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holidays are the same. Take a look at area social media pages for organizations which interest you and your family, and schedule a weekend wrapping gifts or an afternoon in a soup kitchen.
A lot of community groups give households the chance to provide Christmas for disadvantaged children and families, and this is an excellent method of getting your young ones engaged. Bring them shopping with you--consult their recommendations on styles and colors, toys and games, and allow them to choose some presents. Various organizations ask that you bring unwrapped items. If you're wrapping the presents, let your youngsters select paper and gift bags. Be sure to tag wrapped presents with names and sizes.
Without getting too schmaltzy about it, this type of family exercise can do wonders towards improving adolescent attitudes--sure, your kids are surely feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, however helping other people goes a long way when it comes to putting things back into perspective.
Take a Holiday Trip
In England, a holiday is a vacation. If you cannot dive into the spirit of the season as part of your new community, and also you can't return to relatives and friends, go on a holiday--blow the whole thing off. This tactic mainly will work in the event that nobody is genuinely planning on Santa (although with overnight shipping and delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you're not flying for your vacation--hauling along all the gifts results in hefty checked baggage costs. Here are several suggestions for a holiday journey.
· Local resort--a destination of some kind is inside of a day's drive of nearly anywhere in the region. These options incorporate activities for your children and also grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, grownups not as much), fantastic decorations, excellent dinners, along with a decent break from your routine. Seek out such things as decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and building sandcastles on the ocean--dependent upon where you travel.
· Island escape--when you take into account the aggregate costs across the holiday season, an island vacay may not be as unreasonable as you imagine. Without a doubt, it is a relatively large sum, but if you do the math on trees, presents, entertaining, new clothes for events, decorations, and everything else, this is usually a stunning amount, too. This can be a better option with older kids, that will amuse themselves as you take it easy.
· Christmas in the city--if you have watched the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in NYC, make this the year you go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be places which can be perfect for the holidays.
Choosing a break in the standard holiday routines will help you through this transitional year. In case you are still combating the blues and are not able to find a way to shake them, get some professional support. At times moving to Wichita Falls has more of a bearing than you desire, and it requires more than a getaway and a shopping trip to clear your head.
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