Celebrating the Holidays: 5 Tips for Immigrants and Their Families

Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 3:40PM

Happy holidays from all of us here at The Law Offices of Diego Handel! With the holiday season upon us, you can expect to enjoy lots of food, gifts and family time in the coming months.

If you are a new immigrant to the United States, however, you may be feeling a mix of emotions this holiday season, especially if you are away from loved ones in your home country.

In today’s blog, we will be sharing five tips for immigrants and their families for celebrating the holidays. We hope that these tips are helpful for you, whether you want to feel connected to family this season or simply are interested in finding new ways to celebrate.

Stay in touch with family

One of the best ways to celebrate the holiday season is to stay in touch with family, especially those who might not be able to celebrate with you at home. A great, classic way to do this is to share holiday greeting cards and family photos through the mail—but you don’t have to stop there! In today’s modern age, there are more ways than ever to talk with family and friends in real time. In addition to sharing calls, texts or emails, try a family video chat session to really feel each other’s presence this holiday season.

Volunteer

During the holidays, people can sometimes feel alone despite all of the warmth and togetherness of the season, especially if they are separated from family or friends during the season. A fantastic, meaningful way to combat this is to get out and volunteer. You can donate food, assemble gift baskets for needy families, or serve dinner at a local kitchen—whatever you do, you are sure to feel good about doing it while making someone else’s holiday a little brighter.

Embrace traditions from home…

The holidays are celebrated in different ways around the world—so hold on to those traditions! Whether you celebrate Christmas with freshly baked Stollen or ring in the New Year with 12 lucky uvas, carrying these traditions with you as you settle into your new home can help you feel more connected with your family and culture.

…and begin new ones

In addition to your traditions from home, don’t be afraid to start new ones, too! Whether you enjoy holiday movies with family or work on a tasty gingerbread house, there are plenty of new activities to try in your new home. Mix them in with your traditional celebration for a holiday that’s uniquely yours.

Enjoy the little things

Above all, remember to enjoy the little things that make the holiday season so special. With a long list of gifts to buy and dinners to plan, we know that the holidays can sometimes be overwhelming—but by keeping things in perspective and savoring every little moment, you will be able to build meaningful memories that last forever.

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