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Celebrating Christmas Away From Home

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There are a lot of people who will spend Christmas away from home. Some will be away because of their work, and some simply because of distance. Then of course, we all may have slightly different definitions of the word “home” which can complicate the issue.

There are parents who have adult children living far away. Those children may not be able to make it “home.” Maybe you are traveling for business during the holidays and can’t make it home. Some people will be away from their home to share the holiday with others in another town. Here are some helpful tips that you can adapt to your specific situation that may make the holidays less stressful and more enjoyable. Use the ones that apply to help make your Christmas special.

  1. Don’t be afraid to start new traditions or go someplace you’ve never been. Perhaps it is time for that 7 day cruise or time to spend that Christmas in NH in the mountains you’ve always dreamed about. Spread your wings!
  2. Decide who you are getting gifts for in advance and pre-wrap your gifts to relieve stress. Gift buying and wrapping is one of the most stressful duties of the holiday, but once it is out of the way, you will feel fabulous.
  3. If you decide to travel away on your own, bring a small tree and decorations. If packing decorations or a small tree isn’t practical, plan on buying some when you get to your destination. It doesn’t take much to create that Christmas spirit wherever you are.
  4. Do an internet search of local events you may want to enjoy. This is a chance to see and do new things. Embrace that thought and get involved.
  5. Volunteer at a non-profit event wherever you are traveling to. Volunteering at a food pantry, fundraiser or dinner for the needy can be very rewarding. It is also in the true spirit of the season.
  6. Make time to take advantage of pre and post-Christmas sales. Just because you are away from home, don’t let that put a damper on your inner shopper. Go for it!
  7. Find a local church service you may feel comfortable taking part in. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services are often spectacular.
  8. Embrace the changes going on in your life. Don’t spend so much thinking about what could have or what should have been. Don’t focus as much on the past as the present.
  9. Be grateful. Being grateful is one of the world’s best stress relievers. When we are grateful for the things in our lives, we are less worrisome. Take the time to appreciate the positive things in your life and you are more likely to enjoy the season.

No matter where you are spending Christmas, you can make the most of it by not procrastinating. Take time to enjoy what life has given you and embrace the changes life brings. It may not always be that perfect Christmas in New Hampshire but it can be something to work towards.

Happy Holidays from your home away from home, your Stonehurst Manor Family!

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