Holiday time is upon us and I am already thinking about what I need to do to get my home ready for the guests we will host over the next month or so. As I started looking over my home for ways to spruce it up. It dawned on me…I treat my guests better than I treat my family. Maybe it’s only me, but if I know we are going to have guests I have a tendency to “roll out the red carpet”. While it is important to be hospitable and create a welcoming environment for my guests I don’t want there to be any doubt as to who the most important people in my life are. You should treat your family like the way you treat your guests. Here are a few things you could do to get started!
1. Straighten up the house before you expect them home. You don’t have to scrub base boards, but run the vacuum, wipe down the counters, spruce the sofa cushions, freshen each room with a seasonal scent or light a few candles.
2. Make meals with a purpose. Every meal can’t be a holiday feast, but certainly you can plan a little better. Put a little more time in planning the meals for the week. Research some new (but simple) recipes to prepare in between the holiday feast.
3. Get their input. Usually when I know someone is coming to stay at our home I get their input on what they would like to eat or do during their visit. You aren’t a short order cook or your family’s personal assistant, but getting their input on the meal ideas and family activities will definitely make them feel special.
4. Make time for visiting. During the guests visit to my home I often make time for the visit. I rarely take days off of work for it (I teach and hate missing school) but I clear up the other voluntary obligations I normally have so I can spend time with my guest. Make time to “visit” with your family. Time where you aren’t just “living” together, but you are actually spending time together, talking and sharing your lives.
5. Get excited. When ever my mom comes to visit or a friend I haven’t seen in a while I am so excited to see them. I am certainly not suggesting that you go running out to the curb every time your husband comes home or running to the school bus stop. I’m just saying show the people you love that you are excited to see them, you love them and are happy they made it home safe. You can do this with a smile, a hug, a kiss…go for a triple threat and do all three.
I know we get busy and everyday is NOT a holiday, but you love these people so just show them how much by being intentional. Your family will definitely feel loved!