Take the Stress Out of Hosting Holiday Guests
It's that time of year, when holiday guests appear. Although I love having family and friends over, I do tend to get a little stressed and nervous about fitting everyone into my house and keeping them entertained and fed. Then there is the cleaning frenzy I engage in before they show up which leaves me with hardly any energy by the time they get here. (It's how I show I care.)
This year, I've been trying to keep a perspective on what really matters, which I know is keeping the holiday spirit alive and actually spending quality time with guests. Afterall, having a perfectly clean house is no guarantee that guests will feel welcome, especially if it comes with a grouchy hostess. With that in mind, here are some tips I plan to be following:
1) Engage in minimal cleaning.
2) Don't fuss over food. Put it to a vote and choose something simple that kids and grown-ups both enjoy.
3) Head outdoors to take part in fun activities. See Carolina Parent'sCalendar or Weekly Events listings for daily fun. See our Winter Holidays Guide for more ideas. Walk around your neighborhood to see the holiday lights. Head to a park to play games or walk the dog.
4) If your house is small, have a plan about where everyone will sleep and tell everyone ahead of time so there are no surprises. If your kids are bunking up with their cousins, make sure everyone knows and likes where they are sleeping.
5) Ask your out-of-town guests what they'd like to do and if they'd like to explore the Triangle. We've got some great museum exhibits and shows going on right now. See Carolina Parent's Long-Running Events for a great monthly round-up of what's being offered.
6) Remember to treasure the moment. Being together can be the greatest gift of all.