Home for the Holidays

Stark, NH during Christmas

With the onslaught of the holidays, guest start arriving and family time begins.  If your family is like mine, we all descend upon our parents’ house in the rural parts of Texas.  Our family started out medium-sized and since has grown.  Thanks to marriage and dating, seven people will be added to the family nucleus for the holiday.  This means there will be a total of thirteen people in a four bedroom, two bath house for several days.  So how does this all work? Below are some suggestions for having a pleasant holiday in a full house:

  1. Plan visits with friends to get out of the house.  While spending time with family is paramount during the holidays, it’s okay and quite beneficial to get out of the house for a few hours.
  2. Drink plenty of water and eat your veggies.  Constipation only makes a full house feel even worse.
  3. Make sure there’s plenty of toilet paper and air freshener in the house.  Seriously.
  4. Practice tolerance and patience.  Lots of people in the house can lead to lots of conflict.
  5. Learn how to sleep in any situation.  With so many people in the house, sleeping situations can be complicated.  I have had to share a room with one of my sisters and a niece and nephew.  I’ve also had to share a room with one of my sisters, two birds, two cats and two dogs.  Sleeping, while difficult, can be done.
  6. Keep your sense of humor.  Sometimes the best cure for a tense situation is for someone to laugh about it.
  7. Take your vitamins.  Don’t bring your illness to the house.  Nobody wants to go home with an extra gift.
  8. Check the ego and diva attitude at the door.  Pitch in and help with cooking and cleaning.
  9. Play games, watch movies, go for walks, read books to little ones, bake cookies, play dress up, write skits to perform for the rest of the family, have a game tournament of some sort—just some things to do with family while visiting with them.
  10. And sometimes it’s worth the money to stay in a hotel.  It all depends on your family.

Wishing everyone a blessed and happy Christmas this year!