I posted this over on 1.0 but with the holiday season here I thought I would pull it out of the back of th APSense closet, dust it off and update it for the season.
Holidays have almost always meant stress for me. I worked harder on my day "off" than I would have at work. The reason? Company is coming. Get the house cleaned up. Get in the kitchen and cook.
While I always enjoyed visiting with family and friends on these days and the fellowship was great, the work was a killer.
Cleaning the house
Doing the cooking
Cleaning up afterward
It's nice to be invited to celebrate the holiday at someone else's home but a little consideration, please. You host has gone through a lot of work before you arrive take the initiative to reduce the work you create for them.
Keep your children under control.
If you are have children or elderly visiting with you, serve them yourself. Don't make your host do it for you.
Pick up and dispose of your own trash. Don't wait for the host to go around picking up your empty cans or used plates. Ask for a trash bag and pick up the trash for them.
Help with the dishes. Bring them to the kitchen and help wash them or load the dishwasher.
Bring something with you. A covered dish, soda a dessert will all be appreciated.
Leave your host's home in the same condition is was when you arrived.
All of these things will be appreciated by your host and help reduce the stress they experience. The less stress you host experiences the better. A relaxed host will better enjoy themselves and not think twice about inviting you over again.
So this holiday season if you are going to be visiting friends and family, remember that they put a lot of work and effort into to and show your appreciation by reducing the added stress! It's the best gift you can give.