Normally, Christmas is a time for friends and family. It’s a time of appreciation for the blessings we have, a time for celebrations, and if you are away from home, a time for homesickness. Whether you’re hours away at college or have followed your dream job around the world, it is normal to long for the comforts of home, especially during the holidays. As lights and trees go up and snow begins to fall, you find yourself relating just a little too closely to Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis, as she gazes longingly out the window, wishing to be home for Christmas. Jetsetters, students, and those brave and bold who have relocated your life—this one is for you. Homesickness can be a tough pill to swallow, but there are several ways to conquer this pesty feeling so you can still enjoy this joyful time of year.
- Swamp your new place with photos of family and friends. Seeing the familiar faces of those you love can make you feel at home, and you are sure to brighten your mornings by waking up to those great memories.
- Stay true to traditions. If you and your family have certain traditions every Christmas, try your best to preserve them! Cook that special dish that you always look forward to, and watch that movie that you save for this time of year. Even better, invite friends over that are also away from home at the holidays. Who knows, you may even create your own new traditions together.
- Find something you appreciate about where you are now. If you have found a great new restaurant, treat yourself to a nice meal. If you have seen a lovely view, go for a visit.
- Make technology work for you! Don’t hesitate to Skype or Face Time your family and friends. Hearing their voices will lift your spirits and remind you that they’re all only a phone call away.
Likewise, if a loved one can’t make it home for the holidays, a great way to stay connected is to send them a caring gift. It will mean a lot to them to know they are missed and in your thoughts. From great local products to super cool gifts from around the globe, you’ll be able to find something for everyone at PiecesofThere. You can help a loved one add a little décor to their new home with our “Brooklyn Loves You Tea Towel”. And who doesn’t love comfort food? You can send the “PA Snack Attack” to a pal to let them take a bite out of home. Wherever you may be spending this Holiday Season, don’t let homesickness overshadow the happiness that this time of year offers.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!
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