This is surprisingly tough for some (maybe tougher than mopping or vacuuming). It's so easy to get caught up in preparing for guests and overlook the point of holiday get-togethers, which is getting together. So once your guests arrive, be sure to welcome them and turn your attention to being a gracious host, allowing yourself to enjoy the occasion, too.
There's no use in scrutinizing what you missed, apologizing for that one last dusty surface, or trying to get in a few more minutes of last-minute cleaning once your guests have arrived. Continuing to clean or nitpicking yourself will make guests feel secondary instead of feeling comfortable and welcomed. Your shindig will most likely be a bigger success if you drop the dusting when guests come through the door and join the party!
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