The festive season approaches, and that means frosted sugar cookies, caroling, turkey, and for many of us a home full of relatives and house guests. Something that can be a huge source of excitement and fun, but can also get a little overwhelming at times, especially for empty nesters that are used to having their homes and their time to themselves. In fact, while it can be joyous to have the kids home and the grandkids running around during the festive season if you don’t approach it in the right way it can go bad, quickly. Luckily, I have put together a comprehensive guide on how to survive and thrive over the family filled festive period. Keep reading to find out more.
In fact, by setting the standards so high that things need to be immaculate for when your guest arrive you are heaping stress upon your own head. Something that will drain your energy and your capacity to relax and enjoy yourself during their stay. With that in mind, it’s an excellent idea to be more flexible with the expectations you set for yourself. Also, remember to start any DIY, deep cleaning, and even festive decorating nice and early, so you have at least some time before you guest descends to relax and center yourself.
Open a clear line of communication
Next, if you are going to survive a holiday season full of Family, it’s crucial to open a clear line of communication with everyone involved. Then no one can claim they have been left out, or not consulted, and you can make your expectations clear in a fair manner.
In fact, doing so will also save you a lot of time and stress as you won’t need to go back and forth on a single issue to multiple people, and you can make it very clear what is happening and what time everyone is expected.
Provide a private space
House guests can be tricky, especially if they are staying for more than just a few days. That is why it’s essential to provide them with some private space. Then your guest will be able to retreat when they are tired, or things are becoming too much from them, and this can often help avoid arguments or offending people unintentionally. It can also improve the time that you do all spend together as a family or group because your guests don’t feel forced to spend every minute of the day in your company.
The best way to provide a house guest with the private space is to assign them their own room for the duration, rather than setting a bed for them on the floor or the couch. This is because the latter means they will always be in the thoroughfare of family life and so won’t be able to get any alone time, even if they want it.
Food is always a big deal when you have houses guests, and the festive season only serves to amplify this as everyone expectations are even higher. Of course, your kids and the grandkids will have been looking forward to your legendary apple pie, and homemade stuffing for the turkey, but you need to watch out for a few issues that food can create.
The first is dietary requirements, something that can change pretty quickly, and can really screw up the whole stay if you don’t know about them beforehand. With that in mind, it’s crucial to check well before their arrival date whether anyone is gluten intolerant, low carb, dairy free or has any other food allergy that means they can eat what you usually serve.
Lastly, if you are to survive a house full of family and guest over the Christmas break it crucial to schedule in some downtime after they have gone. This applies whether you need to go back to work or not because you will need to rest and recuperate after looking after everyone so much.