Four Tips for Making the Best of a Holiday Move to Dallas
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Set Up A Tree. Or Two.
Your house is a wreck with moving materials in any case, so why not set up a tree and hang stockings by the fire and a wreath on your entrance? If you end up with a live tree, so what about dropped needles? You are moving anyway. Get the youngsters participating in decorating and go all the way --leave no branch undecorated. In the event that you have not shopped at this point, wrap empty boxes with the previous year's excess paper and take a lot of photos. Come up with a playlist of everybody's treasured Christmas songs and crank it as you deck the halls.
For those who have youngsters, wrap a few of their items and set them under the early tree as a surprise. Older kids and spouses will appreciate this gesture likewise.
Bonus--you'll find out which bulbs work when you get to your new home.
Hold a Friendsgiving
When your Thanksgiving resembles an anonymous meal at a truck stop on the road, have an early celebration. Friendsgiving is a current trend in which you commemorate along with friends and neighbors, so how about a goodbye meal prior to leaving? Ask a close pal to host for you and cook the dinner together--this is a great possibility to share dishes. Don't miss any traditions--play cards, watch a sporting event on TV (almost always there is on demand, if needed) go ice skating, or even go shopping at midnight--there are plenty of 24-hour big box shops to continue the tradition, and you will be less likely to get trampled.
Again, there's a bonus--the silver's already polished.
Make Embellishing Your New House A Priority
After arriving to your new house in Dallas, don't pass "Go" with the decorating boxes and bins--have the moving company crew place them in the family room where you will be setting up your tree. After that, get to it--trim the tree, display the stockings, and light up the night--you will be able to hang pictures any time. You've already created that holiday playlist, use it and sing it out--it provides a good transition from your old house to your new one.
Start New Traditions to Keep the Magic Alive for Youngsters
Moving to Dallas is challenging for your family, but it can take a toll on youngsters more than grownups. You have had familiarity with new places, and most youngsters have not. You'll want to maintain as many traditions as you can, but in addition to begin a couple of new ones. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
· Take advantage of new weather conditions --hike, ski, swim, or drive to the seaside. Show your kids some great benefits of their new locale by incorporating new activities.
· Via Google, determine where the best Santa Claus is, the neatest light displays, and other area traditions, are and make a night of it.
· Additionally, via social media, look for special happenings--shows, plays, live Nativity displays, parades, and New Year's Eve gatherings. Quite a few communities coordinate family-friendly block parties for New Year's, where the ball drops close to nine o'clock and there are lots of activities for your kids.
· Welcome your inner goofy--if you have always gone right past the blow-up sleighs and Frostys, no matter how hard your youngsters beg, this might be the year to let it go and buy whatever lawn ornaments your children want. If that means light-up candy canes along with a sleigh as well as the Grinch, get out your pump and spotlights and stop trying to be Martha Stewart this holiday season. Here's a secret--several years from now you may be sad when those blow-up figures wear out.
Managing a holiday move to Dallas doesn't need to be the toughest thing ever; focus on your loved ones, the season and your traditions--it will be a certain way to help you fake it until you make it.
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