How to Help Your Holiday Guests Feel at Home
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
"Lists of lists" is what I say. There will be inevitable mishaps and items forgotten, but life is so much better when you can casually run to the store for extra butter instead of 30 items on a list the day before Christmas dinner.
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- Amazon is a great place to start. Many regions have grocery and or/wine delivery. Cheers! Amazon Prime gets everyday items like paper towels and cleaning supplies to your door in no time.
- Tap your local grocery store or big chains like Walmart for at-home grocery delivery or easy pickup after ordering on their app.
2) Share the Tricks of Your House
If you want your guests to feel at home, then you must provide the firsthand knowledge that only homeowners have. Give them the heads-up to avoid embarrassment, but allow them the freedom to live in your home unencumbered.
- 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 up someone’s AC because you're a sweaty mess.
- To understand what guests experience in their dedicated space, sleep a night in the guest room and use the guest bathroom before they arrive. You might not realize the hot water is actually scalding.
- Provide the WiFi password. Preemptively change it if is something personal like "myhusbandissohot1234." Ew. Embarrassing for all.
3) Consider Special Accommodations
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Lots of clichés sum up how to be a great host or how to be a gracious guest over the holidays. Here are 10, just for fun.
- 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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