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 first Christmas following moving to San Antonio, and it is possible to already feel the holiday doldrums will hit stronger and sooner this season. The professional movers in San Antonio have barely left from unloading your stuff and now, not only do we have to contend with reduced sunlight during the holidays, but if you are at a distance from your old friends, family members, as well as traditions, it is like a triple whammy to your emotional well-being. There are some things that can be done to help remedy your sadness with not being "home" for the holidays, which range from smaller actions to big travels.

One thing you can do to keep the post-moving doldrums from exploding is to make sure that you get plenty of natural light and physical activity. Take strolls when you can and obtain ample exercise inside if you cannot be outside. Research shows that endorphins help to make us feel good, and physical exercise floods your system with those little goodies.

Send out a Newsletter and Change of Address Cards

If you've not sent change of address cards to your friends, it's time. Take a pic of the family members as well as your new home and integrate a chatty newsletter regarding all your "news"--house, community, work, schools. Telling your old friends concerning your new life could put a smile on your face--it is bittersweet, inevitably, but can make it easier to move on.

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

Get Involved—Volunteer

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

Numerous neighborhood groups offer households the opportunity to supply Christmas for disadvantaged kids and households, and this is a wonderful way of getting your children engaged. Bring them shopping with you--ask their recommendations on styles and colors, games and toys, and allow them to choose a couple of items. Certain groups request that you bring in unwrapped gifts. If you're wrapping the presents, let your youngsters select gift wrap and also gift bags. Make sure you label wrapped gifts with names and sizes.

Without becoming too schmaltzy about it, this type of group task does wonders when it comes to boosting adolescent attitudes--of course, your children are invariably feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, nevertheless helping other people goes a long way when it comes to getting things back into perspective.

Have a Holiday Getaway

In England, a holiday is a vacation. If you can't get into the spirit of the season in the new community, and also you are unable to get back to relatives and friends, take a holiday--blow all of it off. This tactic primarily is effective when nobody is truly expecting Santa (however with overnight delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you are not flying to your vacation--carrying along all the gifts results in significant checked baggage costs. Here are several suggestions for a holiday escape.

· Local resort--a destination of some kind is within a day's drive of virtually any place in the country. These selections incorporate recreation for your children and grown-ups (supervised for children, adults not as much), incredible decorations, excellent meals, along with a good break from your routine. Look for things such as decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and building sandcastles at the ocean--subject to the place you go.

· Island escape--when you think about the combined expenses over the holidays, an island vacay might not be as unreasonable as you assume. Without a doubt, it can be a fairly grand total, but if you carry out the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new clothes for events, decorations, and whatever else, that is often a surprising amount, as well. This may be a better choice with older kids, who can amuse themselves as you rest.

· Christmas in the city--if you have viewed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed of Christmas in New York, make this the year you go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be places which are ideal for the holiday season.

Having a change from the usual holiday routines just might help you through this transitional year. In case you are still struggling with the blues and are unable to manage to shake them, find some professional support. At times moving to San Antonio has more of an effect than you want, and it requires more than a getaway and a shopping trip to get back to feeling like yourself.


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