I have to admit, like Buddy the Elf, I believe the best way to spread Holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear! So, keep that in mind while reading this post.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...or not if you are at my house. All of my stockings are packed in boxes next to the chimney with care and I hope that St. Nicholas gets my change of address request! Moving is stressful any time, but can be a bigger burden during the most wonderful time of the year. But fear not, there are many ways to ensure you still have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Start with keeping the children happy (because let’s face it, moving is generally hardest on the kids).
Here are four ideas to keep children in the holiday spirit even when the decorations and gifts are packed:
- Combine an Advent and Moving calendar, counting down not only to Christmas, but to your move. Make it something the kids are looking forward to! Here are some tips that have great ideas for DIY advent calendars.
- To keep your children busy and in the holiday spirit, as a family you can participate in a toy drive, purchasing/collecting/wrapping or distributing gifts to deserving families. This site helps find one near you.
- During the packing process, make sure to pack gifts and meaningful holiday items like holiday dishware, wrapping paper and cards etc. as part of your personal items that travel with you or will be marked as the first to be unloaded by the movers. You can also do this with a box of decorations so it can begin to look a lot like Christmas as soon as you arrive at your new home. Make sure to specially mark these boxes (maybe even let the kids decorate them with Christmas stickers) so they can be easily identified.
-During your move check out holiday celebrations or Christmas lights in the towns you travel through. Try to keep some of your normal holiday traditions intact while moving (bring that elf from the shelf with you in the car/plane)! Once you reach your new town, get involved with holiday celebrations, events and parades so that the new town will feel like home in no time!
How do you cope with moving during the holiday season? Please share your experiences and tips to help make the season bright!