| Dec 10, 2014
There are countless reasons to schedule a move during the holiday season. You already have time off from work, so there’s no need to dip into your vacation time. The kids are out of school, and starting fresh in the New Year might a good way to introduce them gently into a new routine. No one else will be moving, so you’ll have the movers all to yourself.
Of course, you might also be moving during the busy holiday season because it’s unavoidable. Whatever your situation, expect this transition to be a little more stressful than it would be any other time of the year. With potentially icy roads, more traffic than usual, and the emotional upheaval of the holidays, moving during the holidays can be a bit overwhelming.
> Don’t Pack the Holiday Decorations: You might be tempted to forgo Christmas decorations this year since everything has to be packed up and moved anyway, but try to keep at least a few holiday reminders out for everyone to see. It doesn’t have to be big (a miniature tree with a favorite ornament or two will work fine), but reminders of the holiday season are important in keeping morale high.
> Play Holiday Music: Music is easy. An mp3 player, an iPod, a CD player, even the radio…these rarely take up much space, but the benefits are enormous. Keep holiday music in the background while packing and unpacking, and you’ll be able to hold on to the holiday spirit even when you’re surrounded by boxes.
> Send Christmas Cards/Moving Announcements as One: Save time (and money) by sending moving announcements and Christmas cards together. With clever photos or an annual newsletter, you can really have fun with this.
> Make Holiday Stuff Your “Unpack First” Box: Normally, the first things you want to unpack are kitchen utensils, sheets and bedding, toiletries…the stuff you use every day. In this case, include a holiday box in the mix. You’ll feel a lot better about your new home if there are a few familiar comforts around you (even if the majority of your furniture still hasn’t arrived).
> Have a Party: The last thing you want right now is all the trouble of cooking holiday food, having people over, getting out, and meeting new people. Do it anyway. Being alone on the holidays is tough, and being alone in a new place is even worse. Try your best to surround yourself with those you love, and don’t worry if the house isn’t in perfect shape yet.
> Don’t Expect Moving Discounts: All the tips and tricks tell you to avoid the busy moving season (summer) to save money on a move, but the holidays aren’t much lower in cost overall. Don’t forget—your movers have families, too. Pulling them away to help you move is certainly do-able, but expect to pay for the privilege.
> Take Weather into Account: If you’re moving somewhere that’s a winter wonderland, there may be delays due to the roads or weather, or you might find that your new house’s pipes froze overnight. Expect there to be a few delays before you’re truly settled in—and try to make the most of the transition to a colder climate with a snowball fight or other outdoor activity.
Holiday moves can be difficult, especially if you have kids, but thousands of families do it every year. Plan ahead, do what you can to uphold traditions, and hold on to the holiday spirit however necessary. It might not be a perfect holiday, but it can still be a good one.