Hospitality:Preparing For Guests
I'm never happier than when we are hosting family or friends. It's a joy to care for people when they are in our home, and we've got a lot of guests coming in the next few weeks.
We are having sweet friends, who've become family, coming for dinner on Saturday night, Tim's sister and her husband are coming to stay overnight on their way to New York for Thanksgiving and hunting, then other friends who are family - do you have friends like this? Aren't they the best kind? - will be here that next day to stay for four days on their way to New England for Thanksgiving. Then the day after they leave, Emma, Vinnie and Isla will be coming up for Thanksgiving. I'm not certain whether they'll be staying here or at Lindsay and Joseph's yet. Its up to them.
So the cottage will be hopping with comings and goings and I'm so excited!
An Ornament to a House
are the Guests
who frequent it
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love this quote, don't you?
We don't have a guest room, but we do have a very nice space that we set up downstairs when we are having guests. We have comfy beds and a warm woodstove for keeping people comfy. Its a really nice space to sleep in.
I'll be stocking up some special treats, and making sure there are plenty of nice things to drink, too. This time of year its fun to have hot cider, eggnog, special teas, and hot cocoa on hand. I always check for any food allergies, or preferences.
I'll likely have some small gifts, because we won't see most of our guests at Christmas. Ornaments, small pillows, local made candies, or candles make wonderful gifts.