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holiday favorites: christmases past

Marta My favorite gift of all time? A Casper the friendly ghost doll—that talked—when I was 8. And last year my husband gave a shearling throw.
Judy A guitar and a madly mod outfit when I was 7. A Barbie convertible and playing “Santa” handing out all the gifts on Christmas Eve.
Anna A ‘crimp and curl’ Cabbage Patch kid.
Raymond A James Bond/007 briefcase—with all the spy stuff inside!—when I was 10, a red tricycle when I was 4, my 1st trip to Little Cayman, cards from my mom.
Joyce My sisters and I got a pinball machine to share…”Captain Fantastic Elton John and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”. We played it all night long and wouldn’t go to sleep..tilt city.
Sara I think I was in 4th or 5th grade and I got a teal blue 10-speed bike—a dream come true.
Sandy A dual cassette player so I could record my favorite songs from the radio and make mix tapes for all my friends and family. It was the gift that kept on giving.
Ryan The first Nintendo system ever—don’t remember how old I was, probably like a year ago—Transformers too…and maybe Pong…
Megan My play kitchen and Easy-Bake oven…seriously it’s been down hill since then!
Sandra Getting my ears pierced when I was 12, Christmas music mix tapes and an adopted Polar Bear—Pookie.
April Airline tickets to Amsterdam!
Curtis I remember being so excited about getting a tape recorder and a microphone when I was really little—I was sure pop stardom was in my future.

hints for hosting holiday guests

In the next seven weeks family and friends will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—and New Year’s!

You’ve made the most gracious offer to share your home with holiday visitors for a few days—what greater gift is there? As a guest, most often we’re concerned we’re an inconvenience to our host’s routine and space. Reassure them by saying “Welcome!” with these thoughtful gestures.

cora carafe

1. A simple cora carafe on the nightstand shows you care about their well-being. Adding a slice of fresh cucumber or citrus makes the gesture even sweeter.stainless soap dish

2. To give guests some personal space in the bath, tie a ribbon around a new bar of soap and their own stainless soap dish. Placed on top of folded towels at the foot of their bed, its a luxurious amenity comparable to a 4-star hotel.

3. Make guests most physically comfortable by providing a bed, or a flex convertible sofa, in a spare room. Maybe you’ve been thinking about it and this is just the motivation you need to seal the deal?

4. If your budget for the season will be spent on gifts and an air mattress instead, consider a new set of percale sheets and keep them dedicated to future guests.

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5. A cable throw across the foot of the bed can warm feet at night or at the very least, guests won’t have to ask for an extra blanket if they’re feeling chilled.

6. Offer some reading material that expresses how happy you are they’re spending time with you. “Here’s to You!” is a compendium of inspiring quotes to celebrate the special people in your life.

7. Print some of the photos you’ve been sharing via email and post them around the house using magnetic photo frames. When guests are packing for home, be sure to wrap them safely as a momento of their visit.

Some are small, special touches while others require time, effort and a budget. Those are the long-term investments—gifts for yourself perhaps? In the end, guests will feel welcome, less stressed feeling less of an inconvenience, and more able to fully enjoy holiday festivities.

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