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 subsequent to moving to Tulsa, and you'll be able to already feel the holiday blues are going to hit harder and sooner this present year. The professional movers in Tulsa have barely departed from unloading your possessions and now, not only must we deal with reduced sunlight throughout the holidays, but when you happen to be apart from your old buddies, family, and traditions, it can be like a triple whammy on your psychological well-being. There are certain things you're able to do to ease your sadness with not being "home" for the holidays, which range from small actions to big trips.

One thing you can do to keep the post-moving doldrums away is to ensure that you get a good amount of sunlight and physical activity. Take strolls if you're able to and obtain ample physical activity indoors if you're unable to be outdoors. Research indicates that endorphins make us feel better, and exercise floods your body with those little goodies.

Send a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Cards

If you've not mailed change of address cards to your pals, it's time. Snap a pic of your family members along with your new house and integrate a chatty family newsletter about all your "news"--house, city, employment, schools. Informing your old buddies concerning your new life might put a smile on your face--it is bittersweet, certainly, but will make it easier to move forward.

Ensure that your children are aware that Santa is getting the change of address info, as well. Include a copy of the newsletter with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame both as a keepsake.

Get Involved—Volunteer

You'll find sufficient chances to become involved in your new area through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holidays are no exception. Have a look at local social media pages for groups which interest you and your family, and plan a Sunday wrapping presents or an afternoon in a soup kitchen.

Many community groups offer families the opportunity to provide Christmas for disadvantaged children and households, and that is a wonderful way to get your young ones involved. Take them shopping with you--request their advice on colors and styles, games and toys, and let them decide on a couple of gifts. Some organizations request that you bring unwrapped items. If you are wrapping the items, have your children pick gift wrap and gift bags. Be sure to label wrapped items with names and sizes.

While avoiding becoming too schmaltzy over it, this kind of group exercise does wonders in the direction of boosting teenage attitudes--of course, your kids are undoubtedly feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old buddies, nevertheless serving other people goes quite a distance in the direction of putting things back into perspective.

Have a Holiday Trip

In England, a holiday is really a vacation. If you can't dive into the spirit of the season in your new area, and you are not able to go back to friends and family, have a holiday--blow the entire thing off. This plan mainly is effective in the event that no one is really expecting Santa (although with overnight shipping almost anywhere, why not), or you are not flying to your vacation--hauling along all that loot results in significant checked baggage costs. Below are some ideas for a holiday escape.

· Local resort--a resort of some kind is inside of a day's drive of just about anywhere in the country. These possibilities incorporate things to do for your children and also grown-ups (supervised for kids, grownups not so much), fabulous decorations, wonderful foods, as well as a nice break in the routine. Seek out things such as decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot chocolate, and even making sandcastles on the seashore--dependent upon where you visit.

· Island retreat--when you consider the aggregate expenses of the holidays, a tropical vacay may not be as excessive as you assume. Sure, it is a fairly large total, but when you do the math on trees, presents, hosting a party, new apparel for events, decorations, and whatever else, this is typically a stunning amount, also. This can be a better option with older kids, who can entertain themselves while you take it easy.

· Christmas in the city--if you have observed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and imagined Christmas in The Big Apple, turn this into the year you decide to go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville are other cities that are perfect for the holidays.

Having a break from the standard holiday routines will help you through this transitional year. Should you be still combating the blues and can't seem to shake them, find some professional support. At times moving to Tulsa has more of an impact than you want, and it can take more than a getaway and a shopping trip to help you feel better.

 

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