Not Feeling Festive? Tips for Managing Your First Holiday in a New City

Moving over the holidaysBy Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group

It's your very first Christmas subsequent to moving to Wichita Falls, and you'll be able to already tell the holiday doldrums could very well hit stronger and earlier this season. The professional movers in Wichita Falls have hardly departed from unloading your possessions and now, not just must we deal with limited sunlight over the holidays, but when you happen to be away from your old good friends, family members, and traditions, it's like a triple whammy on your mental well-being. There are certain things that can be done to alleviate your sorrow with not being "home" for the holidays, covering anything from small gestures to big excursions.

Something that can be done to keep the post-moving blues at bay is to ensure that you get plenty of sunshine and physical exercise. Take walks when you can and get plenty of physical exercise inside if you cannot be outdoors. Research shows that endorphins help to make us feel a lot better, and physical exercise floods your system with those little goodies.

Send a Newsletter and Change of Address Notes

If you haven't forwarded change of address cards to your buddies, now's the time. Take a pic of your family along with your new home and integrate a chatty newsletter about all your "news"--house, community, work, schools. Sharing with your old buddies regarding your new life could put a smile on your face--it is bittersweet, inevitably, but can assist you to proceed.

Ensure that your children understand that Santa is getting the change of address info, as well. Add a copy of your family newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both of them as a gift.

Get Involved—Volunteer

You'll find sufficient possibilities to get involved with your new area through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holidays are no exception. Take a look at area social media pages for organizations that interest you and your family, and schedule a weekend wrapping presents or an evening in a soup kitchen.

A lot of community organizations offer households the ability to give Christmas for disadvantaged children and families, and this is a great way to get your young ones involved. Bring them shopping with you--ask their guidance on colors and styles, toys and games, and let them decide on some items. Some organizations ask that you bring unwrapped gifts. In case you are wrapping the items, let your children pick out gift wrap or gift bags. Be sure to label wrapped gifts with names and sizes.

While avoiding getting too schmaltzy over it, this sort of family exercise can do miracles in the direction of boosting teenage attitudes--sure, your kids are undoubtedly feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, nevertheless serving other people may go quite a distance towards getting things back into perspective.

Have a Holiday Vacation

In England, a holiday is really a vacation. If you're unable to dive into the spirit of the season in the new town, and also you are unable to return to friends and family, take a holiday--blow the whole thing off. This tactic only works when nobody is truly expecting Santa (however with overnight shipping and delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you're not flying for your vacation--lugging along all that loot results in significant checked baggage fees. Here are some ideas for a holiday journey.

· Local resort--a vacation resort of some kind is within a day's drive of virtually any place in the region. These possibilities integrate recreation for the children and grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, adults not really), magnificent decorations, great dinners, as well as a good break from the routine. Try to find things such as decorating Christmas cookies, elf on the shelf hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and even building sandcastles on the beach--dependent upon the place you travel.

· Island escape--when you take into account the aggregate expenses over the holiday season, a tropical vacay is probably not as unreasonable as you imagine. Of course, it can be a fairly grand sum, but when you perform the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new outfits for celebrations, decorations, and whatever else, that is typically a shocking amount, as well. This may be a better choice with older children, who can amuse themselves as you chill out.

· Christmas in the city--if you've observed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in NYC, make this the year you are going. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be places which can be perfect for the holiday season.

Having a change out of your standard holiday routines will help you through this transitional year. In case you are still combating the doldrums and are not able to seem to shake them, get some professional support. In some cases moving to Wichita Falls has more of an impact than you expect, and it takes more than a getaway and a shopping trip to help you feel better.


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