Given that any plant transplanted in December in your area won't be able to grow roots before the ground freezes, such plants will be susceptible to frost-heaving, which could easily kill it outright. Here's what I would do (assuming that you can legally move the plant).
- Get hold of a large pot - 10 gallon, minimum.
- Using a long-handled shovel, if you have one, dig around the entire shrub, a little wider than the width if the pot. Try to get under the shrub as much as possible (this is why I'm recommending a long-handled shovel–for better reach).
- Gently lever-up the rootball (another reason for the long-handled shovel).
- Place the shrub in the pot and add enough garden soil to fill it. Note that the pot will be heavy, especially after you've watered it, so don't water it yet.
- Place the potted shrub into a garage (unheated is best) and in an area that doesn't get any sun at all. This last bit is incredibly important - NO SUN EVER.
- Water the shrub.
When it's time for the move, move it to your new house's garage or a shed. Check it periodically throughout the winter to make sure that it's not dry. If it does get a bit dry and if you have snow on the ground, cover the top of the pot with a few inches of snow—as it melts it will water the plant. When spring arrives, take it outside and place in the shade and see if it wakes up.
This is roughly how we over-wintered shrubs in various nurseries I've worked in; it has a very good success rate for shrubs that have been in pots all season, but should still work with yours.