Christmas is a busy time of the year, with most of us welcoming guests into our home during the festive period. Whether distant cousins, grandparents or children return to the family home, they will all expect to be housed, entertained and fed during their stay.
And before they arrive on your doorstep, there may be a few extra chores to do around the house.
Our biggest piece of advice? Don’t leave it to the last minute! Be organised and start preparing a cosy home for your guests this Christmas. Here are a few tips to help you get started…
Prepare the Guest Room
Most of us have a spare room that can become more of a junk room throughout the year, especially if it isn’t used that often. Now, it’s time to get it ready for action! Firstly, clear out any of your own items including those in a wardrobe or chest of drawers, as your guests may want to hang up their own clothes during their stay. Make sure the radiator is turned on to keep the room warm and remove any musty smells. You should also ventilate the room with fresh air and change the bedding before the guests arrive!
Top Up Your Home Heating Oil
Having extra people stay during the festive period means that more heating and hot water will be used! You should ensure that you top up your home heating oil before they arrive as there’s nothing worse than running out of oil when you need it most. We can provide you with a cheap online quote in minutes and deliver to you as soon as possible – to find out more, click here.
Plan Your Meals & Stock Up on Festive Goodies
Over the festive period, most people want comfort food, so when you’re entertaining this Christmas, make sure to stock up on the good stuff! You may also want to impress them with your culinary skills, however, cooking for large numbers can be stressful so we would recommend planning your menu in advance! You could also make some meals before your guests arrive and freeze them so you can just pop them in the oven when needed. Don’t forget to keep your oven door open once you’ve finished cooking and let the hot air circulate around the house!
Have Some Activities Prepared
Depending on how long your guests are staying, you may need to plan some activities to keep everyone entertained. There is nothing worse than hearing ‘What are we doing today?’ and not having any clue what to do. Dust off the old board games, choose a few festive movies and plan some festive outings to keep everyone happy during their stay.
Make Sure There Is Enough Room for Everyone
Finally, spending Christmas together means you are likely to be sitting down, catching up and watching festive movies, so you need to ensure that you can accommodate the extra family members in the living room. Make sure you have plenty of blankets and pillows to allow everyone to sit together comfortably – you may need to rearrange some furniture to fit everyone in!
Although Christmas can be stressful, being prepared will definitely make things a little bit easier! For more top tips this Christmas from Emo Oil, take a look at our previous blogs.