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 first Christmas following moving to El Paso, and you can already tell the holiday doldrums will hit stronger and earlier this season. The professional movers in El Paso have barely departed from unloading your things and now, not merely do we have to cope with minimal sunlight during the holidays, but if you're apart from your old buddies, loved ones, and traditions, it's like a triple whammy for your emotional well-being. There are certain things that can be done to alleviate your gloominess with not being "home" for the holidays, ranging from smaller actions to significant excursions.

One thing that can be done to keep the post-moving doldrums at bay is to make certain that you get an abundance of sunlight and physical activity. Take strolls if you can and obtain ample exercise inside if you can't be outside. Research indicates that endorphins make us feel good, and physical exercise floods your body with those little goodies.

Send a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Cards

If you haven't sent change of address cards to your friends, it's time. Take a photo of the family members as well as your new residence and integrate a chatty family newsletter regarding all your "news"--home, area, employment, schools. Telling your old pals about your new life might put a grin on your face--it's bittersweet, inevitably, but can help you move forward.

Make sure your youngsters are aware that Santa will get the change of address details, also. Include a copy of your family newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both of them as a keepsake.

Get Involved—Volunteer

You can find ample opportunities to get involved with your new area through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holidays are the same. Have a look at area social media pages for groups that appeal to you and your family, and schedule a Sunday wrapping gifts or an evening in a soup kitchen.

Numerous neighborhood groups give people the ability to give Christmas for disadvantaged children and families, and this is an excellent method of getting your young ones engaged. Bring them shopping with you--ask their advice on styles and colors, games and toys, and let them pick a couple of gifts. Various organizations request that you bring in unwrapped presents. In case you are wrapping the gifts, let your youngsters pick out gift wrap and gift bags. Remember to tag wrapped items with names and sizes.

While avoiding becoming too schmaltzy over it, this kind of group exercise will do miracles in the direction of boosting teenage attitudes--of course, your young ones are undoubtedly feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, nevertheless helping other folks will go quite a distance when it comes to having things back into perspective.

Go on a Holiday Getaway

In England, a holiday is really a vacation. If you cannot find yourself in the spirit of the season as part of your new community, and you simply cannot return to family and friends, go on a holiday--blow all of it off. This tactic mainly is effective in the event that no one is really expecting Santa (but with overnight shipping almost anywhere, why not), or you are not flying on your vacation--lugging along all the gifts results in significant checked baggage charges. Below are some tips on a holiday escape.

· Local resort--a destination of some kind is inside of a day's drive of virtually anywhere in the region. These choices integrate recreation for the children as well as grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, adults not as much), incredible decorations, great foods, along with a nice break from your routine. Try to find such things as decorating gingerbread houses, elf on the shelf hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and even building sandcastles at the beach--dependent upon the spot where you travel.

· Island escape--when you consider the aggregate expenditures over the holiday season, an island vacay may not be as preposterous as you think. Sure, it is a relatively remarkable sum, but when you carry out the math on trees, gifts, hosting a party, new apparel for parties, decorations, and everything else, this is commonly a surprising amount, too. This can be a better choice with teens, that will entertain themselves while you relax.

· Christmas in the city--if you have observed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in NYC, make this the year you decide to go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be cities that are perfect for the holidays.

Having a change in the normal holiday routines can help you through this transitional year. Should you be still struggling with the blues and are not able to find a way to shake them, get some professional assistance. At times moving to El Paso has more of an effect than you expect, and it requires more than a getaway and a shopping trip to help you feel better.


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