Hey reader, it’s almost Christmas. Everybody knows, right? (By the way, our Christmas decor post should be up by next week). During the holidays, some of us expect to have house guests of either family or friends or sometimes people we are just meeting for the first time. The thing is hospitality comes highly recommended (see Romans 12: 13 and Hebrews 13:2) and has a way of adding joy and purpose to our lives. But let’s not pretend that hosting is easy to pull off. It requires thinking, planning and provisioning for in order to avoid unwanted stress. In this post, we look at simple steps that should ease hosting this Christmas and beyond. Hopefully, your guests will also feel right at home.
Whether a sofa or a mattress to be placed on the floor or a traditional guestroom, I believe your guest will be happy to accept whichever you have to offer. I imagine Joseph and Mary were also happy to accept from the animals and their owners the stable and the manger (or at least relieved) when they could find no room at the inns for the birth of Jesus. So remember to pplan ahead for the sleeping space for your guest. Meanwhile, now is the time to air, dry, clean and tidy the areas to be used for the guests. And in case you need an extra bed, this article – 9 Inventive Ways to Build an Extra Bed should be useful.
Stocking up on food items and treats is a no-brainer for most households at this time of the year, as well as creating the menu for the holidays. Additionally, having house guest essentials is a necessity. Personally, I prefer to keep what my guests will need from bathroom slippers to bedsheets, toothbrushes, soaps, toothpaste, towels, toilet paper and so on in a separate corner. There are baskets that you could find in convenience stores for arranging the items in cute ways. And while creating your shopping checklist – try asking what you could forget or have ever forgotten while travelling. Here’s to hoping you don’t forget anything that your guest would forget.🥂
My guess is that your guests will be super grateful to have somewhere to place their heads and something to eat. Then imagine their excitement, if there is icing on top of your hosting cake in the form of a thoughtful gift (that is if you can afford one – no pressure here). I would be ecstatic! So I guess it’s an idea to try. In some climes, guests welcome baskets are popular and they also contain souvenirs that guests can take home.
This probably doesn’t sound exciting but I think it would help ease stress for you. While you may not be in a position to force your home schedule on your guest, maintaining your regular waking, cleanup, cooking and eating times for the rest of household is important (of course, being a little laidback since it’s the holidays). Your guest may adopt or adapt to your schedule. The utility of maintaining your schedule includes time and energy saving for holiday activities or else you might just find yourself whirling away time for making memories. It will also help you get back into the swing of regular life after the holidays.
From us at Delightful by Chinyere, we wish you happy hosting this holiday. Don’t forget to share how it goes or other things you have done before to make a wonderful experience for your guests in the comment section.