Make the guest bedroom feel homely
Making the guest bedroom a welcoming place can make all the difference, it’s all about those comforts that make them at home and a place for them to relax when a house full of children gets too much. Little things like a soft throw, some plush cushions and some relaxing bath products can make all the difference to help guests relax an feel at home.
There’s nothing quite like a competitive family game of Monopoly over the festive period but it doesn’t always have to be about the board games, when the littles are tucked up in bed we quite enjoy cracking out some snacks, popping a bottle of something fizzy and laughing until our sides hurt whilst we play Cards Against Humanity. You can pick up a few games to keep the whole family entertained from John Lewis.
Show them your hometown
If you have relatives visiting from out of town, show them around, take them to your local family pub in your village, take them shopping around your towns Christmas Markets and enjoy a Gluhwein or two.
A trip to the Cinema
From as early as 1994 I can remember going to the cinema on Boxing day with my family to watch The Santa Claus and we have been every year since. We even introduced my Nana to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001 and she has come along every year since then. Head on over to your local Cinema like the Odeon at Liverpool: ONE, you can even enjoy a bite to eat afterwards.
Get them involved
Christmas is that time of year when it’s all hustle and bustle, even on Christmas day when you are preparing Christmas dinner in the kitchen and your guests are patiently waiting with some nibbles and a festive tipple (or two) its often easy to forget that your guests need entertaining. On Christmas day we love to get family involved, we make it a group effort, nobody feels as though they are a spare thumb. I’m not saying have poor Nana make the whole dinner for you whilst you put your feet up but she might prefer to help out.
If like me you get fed up of cooking over the holidays, book a table somewhere for you and your guests to enjoy a delicious meal. It doesn’t have to be anywhere fancy or extravagant
Family Christmas Carols
I’m not saying that we should all be sitting around the Christmas tree whilst belting out your favourite carols. Every year on Christmas Eve we attend a Carol Service at our local church, you don’t have to be religious to enjoy it, there’s something comforting about the atmosphere that makes me giddy with Christmas spirit. It’s a lovely way to spend time together as a family.
If you enjoy the outdoors its often nice to pop on the old wellies and head our for a morning walk or post lunch stroll. Our local nature reserve is a lovely place to head out for an hour or two on a crisp frosty morning, our dogs love it. Taking a walk can be quite magical especially if it has been snowing.
So there you have it, plenty of ideas to help your guests fee at home this festive season. Do you have any traditions or ideas to help guests feel at home?