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 year. 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 buddies, family members, and traditions, it is like a triple whammy on your mental well-being. There are certain things that can be done to ease your sorrow with not being "home" for the holidays, covering anything from modest gestures to major excursions.

One thing that can be done to keep the post-moving blues at bay is to ensure that you get a good amount of sunshine and exercise. Take walks when you can and get plenty of physical exercise inside if you can't be outdoors. Studies have shown 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 have not forwarded change of address cards to your friends, now's the time. Take a pic of your family along with your new house and integrate a chatty newsletter regarding all your "news"--home, town, work, schools. Sharing with your old friends about your new life could put a smile on your face--it is bittersweet, inevitably, but can help you move forward.

Make sure your children know that Santa is getting the change of address information, too. Include a copy of your family newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both of them as a present.

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 families the ability to give Christmas for disadvantaged kids and families, which is a great method of getting your young ones involved. Bring them shopping with you--ask their guidance on colors and styles, toys and games, and let them select some items. Some organizations ask that you bring unwrapped presents. In case you are wrapping the items, let your children pick out gift wrap or gift bags. Be sure to label wrapped presents with names and sizes.

While avoiding getting too schmaltzy over it, this sort of family exercise can do miracles towards boosting adolescent attitudes--sure, your children are surely feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, nevertheless serving others may go quite a distance towards putting things back into perspective.

Take a Holiday Vacation

In England, a holiday is really a vacation. If you're unable to get into the spirit of the season in the new community, and also you are unable to return to friends and family, take a holiday--blow the entire thing off. This tactic mainly works when nobody is genuinely expecting Santa (although with overnight shipping and delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you're not flying to your vacation--hauling along all that loot results in hefty checked baggage charges. Here are some suggestions for a holiday journey.

· Local resort--a resort of some kind is within a day's drive of virtually any place in the region. These possibilities incorporate recreation for the children and also grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, adults not so much), magnificent decorations, excellent dinners, as well as a nice break in the routine. Look for things such as decorating Christmas cookies, elf on the shelf hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and even building sandcastles on the seashore--depending on the place you travel.

· Island escape--when you take into account the total costs over the holiday season, a tropical vacay is probably not as unreasonable as you imagine. Sure, it can be a rather remarkable sum, but when you do the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new clothes for celebrations, decorations, and whatever else, that's often a surprising amount, as well. This may be a better choice with teenagers, who are able to amuse themselves while 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 can 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 requires more than a getaway and a shopping trip to help you feel better.


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