Moving during the holidays can make the transition of moving with your family a little more challenging and intense. In general, change and transition are difficult under the best of circumstances. However change and transition during the holiday season adds a little bit more “spice” than “sugar.”
Every family has special holiday traditions that are entrenched in memories past. They can be a source of comfort during a move as they provide a bit of familiarity during the transition. They can also be a source of pain and sadness if that tradition gets interrupted or is no longer viable due to the move.
Comfort or pain, moving during the holidays can provide an opportunity to try something new. It could be a twist on an old tradition or something completely different. It is a way to involve your children in something they have control over and get those feel-good hormones flowing through the positivity of creative thinking.
If you are moving from snow weather to a warmer climate, your snow-based tradition may not be possible in your new neighborhood. However, a favorite outdoor family activity might be. Try decorating bicycles and having your very own Holiday Parade through the neighborhood. Invite your neighbors to join in and you have the opportunity to introduce your kids to new school mates as well as building community connections that can support you and your family during the rougher patches of transition and change.
And for more ideas on new holiday traditions, check out a blast from our blog past here.
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