The holidays are coming. This means engorged stomachs, festive movies and songs, and, most importantly, some much-needed time spent with family and friends. While this time of year can be amazing, finally catching up with out-of-town loved ones, eating delicious food, it can also be stressful when you have to host house guests. Even your favorite people can become annoying if they are constantly underfoot. Luckily, there are some failsafe suggestions that can insure that this holiday season will be a stress-free one. Also be sure to check Part II, on how to be a great house guest yourself!
- Be Over-Prepared—Travelling can be extremely stressful, and your guests may not remember everything that they need for the weekend. Always have extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, face wash, shampoo, and soap on hand just in case. Also, if there are small children or elderly family members visiting, stock up on some essentials that cater to that demographic.
- Make their Room Feel Homey—The reason family members and friends choose to stay with you over a hotel is for a sense of comfort (okay and maybe also the cost). Make them feel welcome by creating an atmosphere with candles, nice clean bedding, and anything special you know they would enjoy. The more considerate you are, the more likely they are to be respectful of your home.
- Show Off Your Town—This can be anything from taking a tour of a local exhibit to showing off some of the delectable treats from nearby bakeries or restaurants. Travel is expensive, so make it worth their while (and yours) by giving them a real vacation.
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