'Tis the Season: Share Your Tips on Hosting Longer Term Holiday House Guests

We've all been there. It's a fact of life that sometimes we must open our homes to more guests than we'd prefer or for longer stretches of time than we'd like. As the holiday season kicks into high gear, we want to know: how do you make it through the holiday hosting madness?

I can't help but picture the scene in Christmas Vacation where the Griswolds' doorbell rings… the camera slowly pans in on the door as the doorbell rings again, slower, more ominously — admit it; we've all felt a little like that! Part of being in a marriage, a relationship, or in a family involves sacrificing a little comfort and routine for the sake of others, whether it's your family or your partner's.

I like to take a few tips from Clark (before the whole jelly-of-the-month club debacle): keep a sense of humor, keep it all in perspective, and try your best to go with the flow. Maybe try to get away from the crowd for a while with a hobby or task (although be careful if your job is to put up the outdoor Christmas lights!)

So speak out: what are your holiday hosting tips? How do you stay sane when your floor is covered in air mattresses and your tables with luggage? What do you do when visits creep past the 3 or 4 day mark? We'd love to hear your tips on being a polite, gracious host while maintaining your sanity this holiday season.

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(Image: Chris & Erin's Farmhouse Add-On House Tour)

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