3 Tips to Help Your Holiday Guests Feel at Home
My daughter has a children’s book that we read before every major gathering of our family, typically over the holidays. It’s a brilliant kid’s snapshot of the chaos that holiday entertaining can be.
In the story, eccentric family members say funny things, bring strange dishes to share, and gobs of kids tear through the house. The main family meal finally arrives, and everyone is grateful the family is together and healthy, which is the overall message, of course, ringing in the true meaning of the holidays.
1) Prepare and Then Prepare Some More
- Amazon is a great place to start. Many regions have grocery and or/wine delivery. Cheers! Amazon Prime Pantry gets everyday items like paper towels and cleaning supplies to your door in no time.
- Tap your local grocery store, even big chains like Walmart, for at-home grocery delivery or easy pickup after ordering online on app.
2) Share the Tricks of Your House
- Wonky toilet that has to be flushed at the precise moment? Let them know so they don’t flood your bathroom.
- Give them the alarm code or disable it so they don’t get caught taking a midnight smoke break.
- Use diplomatic negotiation for heating or air temperatures. It feels bad to have to sneak to bump someone’s AC because you are a sweaty mess.
- To understand what guests experience in their dedicated space, sleep a night in their room and use their bathroom facilities. You might not realize the hot water is actually scalding.
- Have the WiFI password available. Preemptively change it if is something personal like "myhusbandissohot1234." Ew. Embarrassing for all.
3) Consider Special Accommodations
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Beggars can't be choosers.
- Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
- If you can't beat ‘em, join ‘em.
- Count your blessings.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
- A place for everything and everything in its place.
- There's no place like home.
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