While the holidays are generally a time for rejoicing, they are also a time for travel and enclosed spaces, which can lead to un-joyful grumblings. Fortunately, if you have the task of staying at a family member or friend’s home this season, the situation is under your control. For the second part of my holiday survival guide, here are some tips for being a great house guest.
- Be Over-Prepared—Just as I noted in Part I, you can’t always expect others to provide the obvious. If you have a certain allergy, dietary need, or medication, be sure to bring it, as you can’t assume that your harried host will remember. Also, try not to forget any essential sundries, which can lead to awkward borrowing.
- BE RESPECTFUL—This rule cannot be stressed enough. Between cooking a big dinner, buying presents, and having people staying at their house, your host is sure to be crazed. Make their job as easy as possible by being helpful when you can, and knowing when to give them space. Bring a book or hobby with you so you have something independent to do.
- Bring/Send a Thank-You Gift—Manners never go out of style, so don’t forget to thank your host graciously when you arrive and when you leave. Aside from the words, bring them something nice from your own city, treat them to a meal when you are in town, or send them a thank-you note with some sort of fruit basket after you’ve returned home. You will definitely be invited over next year!
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