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 subsequent to moving to Tulsa, and you can already tell the holiday blues are going to hit harder and earlier this season. The professional movers in Tulsa have just left from unloading your things and now, not just must we cope with reduced sunlight throughout the holidays, but if you're away from your old buddies, family members, and also traditions, it is like a triple whammy on your emotional well-being. There are some things you're able to do to help remedy your sadness with not being "home" for the holidays, ranging from small actions to significant travels.

One important thing you're able to do to keep the post-moving doldrums away is to make certain that you get plenty of sunshine and physical activity. Take walks if you're able to and obtain a good amount of exercise inside if you cannot be outside. Research indicates that endorphins make us feel good, and physical activity floods your body with those little goodies.

Mail a Family Newsletter and Change of Address Cards

If you haven't sent change of address cards to your friends, now's the time. Snap a picture of the family along with your new house and integrate a chatty newsletter regarding all your "news"--residence, city, job, schools. Informing your old pals regarding your new life can put a grin on your face--it is bittersweet, certainly, but can make it easier to proceed.

Make sure your youngsters are aware that Santa is getting the change of address information, as well. Put a copy of the newsletter along with their letters to Santa, and when they get older, frame the two as a keepsake.

Get Involved—Volunteer

You can find sufficient possibilities to get involved with your new area through schools, church, and non-profit groups, and the holidays are the same. Check out area social media pages for organizations which interest you and your family, and schedule a Saturday wrapping gifts or an afternoon in a soup kitchen.

A lot of community groups provide families the opportunity to provide Christmas for disadvantaged children and families, which is a wonderful method of getting your young ones engaged. Bring them shopping with you--consult their recommendations on styles and colors, toys and games, and allow them to choose a few gifts. Various organizations ask that you deliver unwrapped items. If you are wrapping the presents, let your youngsters select wrapping paper and also gift bags. Remember to tag wrapped gifts with names and sizes.

Without getting too schmaltzy about it, this type of family activity can do wonders towards improving teenage attitudes--yes, your kids are undoubtedly feeling sorry for themselves, missing their old friends, however helping others goes a long way when it comes to getting things back into perspective.

Take 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 town, and you can't get back to relatives and friends, take a holiday--blow the entire thing off. This tactic only works if nobody is truly planning on Santa (although with overnight shipping and delivery almost anywhere, why not), or you aren't flying for your vacation--hauling along all the gifts results in significant checked baggage costs. Here are several ideas for a holiday journey.

· Local resort--a destination of some kind is inside of a day's drive of nearly anywhere in the region. These options incorporate things to do for your children and also grown-ups (supervised for youngsters, grownups not as much), magnificent decorations, great dinners, along with a decent break from your routine. Seek out such things as decorating gingerbread houses, Yule log hunts, sleigh rides with hot cocoa, and building sandcastles on the ocean--dependent upon where you travel.

· Island escape--when you take into account the aggregate costs across the holiday season, an island vacay may not be as unreasonable as you imagine. Without a doubt, it's a relatively large sum, but if you perform the math on trees, presents, entertaining, new clothes for events, decorations, and anything else, this is usually a astonishing amount, also. This is a better option with older kids, that will amuse themselves while you take it easy.

· Christmas in the city--if you have viewed the Macy's Thanksgiving parade and dreamed about Christmas in NYC, make this the year you go. Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Nashville can also be places which can be perfect for the holidays.

Choosing a break from the standard holiday routines can help you through this transitional year. In case you are still combating the blues and can't find a way to shake them, acquire some professional help. At times moving to Tulsa has more of a bearing than you desire, and it requires more than a getaway and a shopping trip to clear your head.


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