1. Clean Your Own House Like Whoa: Many people say they entertain just to keep their house clean, that it helps force them into making things spic and span. If you never really entertain you might be missing that bit of pressure to really get a deep down clean on things.
2. Give Great Gifts: It can be easy to forget a host or hostess gift if the meal you're eating is pot luck or assigned dishes. If you're not hosting and didn't spend hours making sure everything was spic and span and dishes were clean and tables were set — then you bring a gift. Everyone loves a nod to their hard work and being appreciative and thankful that it wasn't you who had to do it is always a good thing.
3. Bring What You Can: Although some parties don't involve you bringing a dish, many times during holiday celebrations, families bring their favorite side or dessert. If you're not hosting, try bringing something extra, even if you don't cook, just to help put forth a little extra effort. If you're really (really) not into cooking or baking, ask if you can bring games or even a movie to watch together.
4. Assess Why You Don't Host: For some events it's tradition to go to Grandma's house or maybe Aunt Sally's place is the only one big enough to get everyone together. Even if you're not hosting the large family get together, check to see what you could need to start collecting in order to throw even a small dinner party at your own place. Chairs? Plates? Napkins? Make a list and check it twice!
5. Give Of Your Time: Although service is never a requirement, it can do amazing things for your spirit. If you live alone and don't travel to see family this time of year or have a pint sized apartment, get out, meet folks who are less fortunate than you and volunteer your time at a community event or location.
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