As you know we are moving to Alaska February 1st. We have known that was the tentative plan since late September. So, well before the Christmas chaos we knew right after the holidays would be crazy. And, then the middle of December my husband found out that the movers would be coming to get our stuff January 9th.  I legit started laughing out loud.

  1. That’s less than a month away.
  2. That’s almost a whole month before we move.
  3. That’s 15 days after Christmas.

So, if you’re in the same boat as us and you think what in the world are we going to do PCSing with littles around the holidays. Here’s what we’ve done.

PCSing with kids around the holidays. Tips for the big military move. Especially during the crazy holiday season.

Talk about the move early & often.

Moving is a big deal. For everybody. And, can be especially hard and confusing for little ones. So, my first tip to PCSing is talk about the move early and often. Mention it as so soon as you know it’s coming. And, continue to talk about it. So, the littles know it’s coming and that it’s normal and okay!

Keep Christmas small.

This next tip helps keep extra junk at a minimum. Although our goal is to always keep Christmas reasonable. But, especially when we are so close to packing up. It was important that we buy toys that can be kept with when you actually move, fly/ drive.

Wrap up any necessities they’ll need at the new place.

At almost 2 and 4 years old, anything they get to unwrap is the bomb. So, yes you better believe the unwrapped warm coats, hats, and gloves.


Something that should be done around the holidays. And, a move regardless. Purge. Purge. Purge.  Bye, McDonald’s happy meal toys!

Keep new toys most available.

Aside from a few favorites pre-Christmas, keep only the new toys out, so they can get the most use out of them before they’re packed away for a month plus.

Coffee for Mama!

I mean, duh. Always.

Grace for the littles.

In schedules and reactions. Moving is a stressful situation. And, a big change for everybody. I don’t know about you, but when I’m stressed out my kids do not get the best me. So, in this crazy time of PCSing especially around the holidays give your littles extra grace. In your schedule. A little extra screen time is okay. And, in your reactions. Is that thing they just did really that bad, or is your stress talking?

Moving with the military, while cool, all the places you get to go, is stressful! There is so much to take care of. Add in the chaos that comes with the holidays, and forget about it.

But, I’m happy to say we survived! The boys seemed to still love the holidays. And, we’re here. Officially out of our house, more on that to come, and already into the new year.

So, if you find yourself PCSing with littles, especially during the holidays. I hope these tips give you a little bit of piece of mind!