Moving with children is stressful. Moving with children around the holidays can be close to impossible. Holidays are steeped in family and cultural traditions; traditions that threaten to throw the entire universe out of balance when you can’t find the box that has that ONE thing that is the ONLY thing that will make the holiday possible. A little over-dramatic? Probably. But anyone who has moved with children during the holidays can attest that drama often plays a starring role.
If at all possible (and often it is not), avoiding moving close to a holiday is preferable to reduce the drama and anxiety of everyone involved. If it is unavoidable, think about taking a vacation from your typical holiday traditions and try something new, and ideally a little less stressful.
While adding “one more new thing” to your children’s lives can send them over the edge to Scroogeville, it also can help push the reset button on their angst and provide a little transition time to adjust to the new location.
You might be moving from a warmer, non-snowy climate to a location where you will be experiencing a frostier holiday. You could plan some time for winter sports (sledding anyone?) or simply build a snowman in the yard. If it is the opposite, pull out the spring/summer wardrobe and spend some time by the pool. Sitting in your shorts sipping lemonade in November or December can certainly cause a shift in perspective.
If cuisine is more your thing, prepare a few dishes for the holiday meal that are traditional to the region you have moved to (click here to see a sample of holiday food traditions across the United States). Just make sure you don’t eliminate any of those must-have morsels.
“New” is seldom comfortable but it can be a bit more fun with an open spirit and a little support. To find out more about support and essential resources for moving families, go to www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com to get connected with a Trusted Advisor to help see you through.