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 is your very first Christmas after moving to Little Rock, and you'll be able to already feel the holiday doldrums could very well hit harder and faster this present year. The professional movers in Little Rock have just departed from unloading your stuff and now, not merely must we cope with minimal sunlight during the holidays, but when you are away from your old friends, family members, and traditions, it is like a triple whammy for your mental well-being. There are some things you can do to ease your sorrow with not being "home" for the holidays, which range from small actions to big travels.

One thing that can be done to keep the post-moving doldrums at bay is to ensure that you get plenty of natural light and physical exercise. Take strolls if you can and obtain a good amount of exercise inside if you can't be outdoors. Research shows that endorphins help to make us feel good, and exercise floods your body with those little goodies.

Mail a Newsletter and Change of Address Cards

If you've not forwarded change of address cards to your buddies, it's time. Take a photo of the family members as well as your new home and include a chatty family newsletter concerning all your "news"--residence, community, work, schools. Sharing with your old pals concerning your new life can put a smile on your face--it is bittersweet, inevitably, but will help you move forward.

Ensure that your kids know that Santa is getting the change of address info, also. Include a copy of your family newsletter along with their letters to Santa, and when they are older, frame the two as a present.

Get Involved—Volunteer

There are ample chances to become involved in your new local community through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holidays are no exception. Have a look at local social media pages for groups that interest you and your family, and schedule a Saturday wrapping gifts or an evening in a soup kitchen.

Many community organizations provide households the chance to give Christmas for disadvantaged children and families, and that is a great method of getting your children involved. Bring them shopping with you--consult their suggestions about colors and styles, toys and games, and allow them to decide on some gifts. Certain organizations ask that you bring unwrapped gifts. If you are wrapping the presents, have your kids choose gift wrap or gift bags. Remember to tag wrapped presents with names and sizes.

While not becoming too schmaltzy about it, this sort of family activity does miracles when it comes to improving teenage attitudes--sure, your children are surely feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old buddies, nevertheless helping others may go quite a distance in the direction of having things back into perspective.

Have a Holiday Getaway

In England, a holiday is a vacation. If you're unable to get into the spirit of the season in the new community, and you can't return to relatives and friends, take a holiday--blow all of it off. This tactic mainly will work if no one is genuinely planning on Santa (although with overnight shipping almost anywhere, why not), or you're not flying to your vacation--carrying along all that loot translates into hefty checked baggage fees. Here are several ideas for a holiday escape.

· Local resort--a resort of some sort is inside of a day's drive of nearly anywhere in the country. These options include recreation for the kids as well as grown-ups (supervised for children, grownups not really), magnificent decorations, wonderful foods, along with a good break from the routine. Seek out things such as decorating Christmas cookies, elf on the shelf hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and even building sandcastles at the ocean--subject to the place you go.

· Island escape--when you consider the combined expenditures across the holiday season, an island vacay might not be as preposterous as you assume. Sure, it is a rather remarkable sum, however when you perform the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new clothes for functions, decorations, and whatever else, that is typically a surprising amount, also. This can be a better option with older kids, who can entertain themselves whilst you chill out.

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

Choosing a break in the standard holiday routines just might help you through this transitional year. In case you are still struggling with the doldrums and are unable to seem to shake them, get some professional help. At times moving to Little Rock has more of an impact than you expect, and it can take more than a holiday retreat and a shopping trip to get back to feeling like yourself.


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