Gearing up for the 2020 Holiday Season

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This holiday season is going to look so much different than others, which is why I’ve decided to do a series on How to be a good house guest and host. What to know before the holidays!

Depending on your family I would start having the holiday discussions now. Where are you going to do it? Are you going to divide up the responsibilities? If you have older family members ask your family to quarantine themselves for two weeks before the holiday. It’s a tough conversation, we’ve already had it with our family, but in the long run you have to do what’s best for everyone. You might not have any high risk family members so go ahead and skip that conversation but do start talking about who’s going to host!

If you’ve decided to host start letting your guests know. They may decide to fly or take a road trip to get there but people are starting to think ahead and make reservations. Car rentals, hotels, veterinarian (boarding). Give your guests plenty of time to make the proper arrangements. While we’re talking about making arrangements I was recently watching something on the news and they’re saying this flu season is going to be horrible plus it will be mixed in with Covid-19. They weren’t sure how most places would be doing flu shots. They didn’t expect you’d be able to just walk in and get them like before. If you believe in getting your flu shot I encourage you to go ahead and make an appointment with your doctor now to get it reserved. If you don’t believe in it them more power to you!

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I know the big trend right now is the Covid puppy. People have been adopting animals left and right! YAY!! So great! However, just because you love your four legged friend and want them in your personal space doesn’t necessarily mean your host does. Unless you know everyone that’s going to be there I would really suggest boarding your best friend. People have allergies, dogs get under people’s feet, etc. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE dogs! I’m a dog person but every time I went to my mom’s house she and my stepdad would argue about my dog because she shed and she barked! Now looking back I feel terrible to have put my mom in that position.

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How’s your luggage? Get it out now. Did a wheel break on your last trip, maybe a zipper? Check things out now and start looking around. I’ve been seeing so many great deals on luggage and duffel bags but plan ahead! When you wait until the last minute you never get a good deal. Check out my Hospital Bag checklist here. It’s a great list for packing essentials even if your not on your way to have a baby!! Start buying your travel toiletries now as well as new pajamas, a robe and some slippers. Just because you’re at someone’s home doesn’t mean stroll down to breakfast in your sweats. Put on some matching pajamas and a robe! Petit Plume and BedHead are my favorite pajamas.

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This is something that I’m horrible at remembering but I love. Take a hostess gift! If you have the budget send a nice arrangement for your hosts dining room table two days before everyone’s supposed to arrive. It’s a lovely gesture but it also takes a to do item off of your hosts list! You can also swing by your local Whole Foods or grocer on your way there. Whole Foods surprisingly has BEAUTIFUL flowers! My best friend Kerstin stops there every time she comes over to our house and I love this!!

Last but certainly not least order your thank you cards or Christmas present tags now! I don’t think there’s anything more elegant that personalized stationary. Dogwood Hill formerly Dixie Designs is my absolute favorite. You can find elegant to crazy colorful ones there!

Next week I’m going to be talking about creating a warm and inviting guest room. So be sure to subscribe to get all of the updates!

25 responses to “Gearing up for the 2020 Holiday Season”

  1. Great suggestions! I hear you on making sure our four legged friends are locked away for the guests. I have a car and whenever we have family gatherings I have to put her in a room with her food for a could of hours because some family members are allergic 😩

  2. Sweet ideas here! I especially love the idea of bringing a gift for your hosts or sending flowers a day or two before your arrival. I think this is so classy but often forgotten or minimized in importance in our busy world. Any kindness extended is a kindness returned. Beautiful.

  3. I never would have thought to check luggage, but I just did and sure enough, a strap on my duffel bag is broken! Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. So exciting to think about planning for the holidays! We all need something to look forward to right now, thanks for this!

  5. This reminds me: I have to start planning our family picture for our holiday greeting cards! Thank you for all of the reminders 🙂

    1. Being high risk, this holiday season is definitely going to look differently.

    2. Thank you for this reminder!!! LOL

  6. Ahhhh this makes me soo excited!! Can’t wait for the holidays!

  7. I love to find great little unique items as a hostess gift, that is personal for the hostess but something that is not so pedestrian she will get 20 of them.

  8. Whole Foods definitely has my favorite grocery store flowers. They’re so beautiful and a great price!

  9. Oh, finally holiday season is here. Thanks for these recommendations. I’ll will check them out.

  10. I can’t believe the holiday season is almost here. I always like to bring a gift for the host! It’s a thoughtful way to say thank you!

  11. It will be so interesting to see how holidays will be; will our usual hosts still host guests? Will less family travel? Will kids be meet Santa in a socially distanced way?

    1. I didn’t even think about santa!

  12. It’s indeed the start of Ber months and whether we like it or not Holiday season is just around the corner. Reading this excites me now to do my own preparation for the Holiday season as well.

  13. Great suggestions! It’s definitely hard to believe the holiday season is right around the corner! I’m not complaining though, it’s my favorite time of year, even though it might a little different this year!

    -Madi xo |

  14. It’s such a good idea to go ahead and start thinking about this now, and it didn’t even occur to me until reading your post! Thanks for your thoughtful tips about planning ahead!

  15. Love this detailed post. I haven’t really thought about the holiday celebration as COVID cases are really high in my city. Social visit and family gatherings are highly discouraged so, we might not have guests for the holidays.

    Anyway, thank you for reminding me to get thank you cards as well as christmas cards now to avoid the rush.

    1. We’re in the same boat with our city and we’re a high risk house so I don’t know how we’re going to handle!

  16. Great suggestions! I love the idea of planning ahead now. It will reduce stress during the holidays and make more time to spend making memories with family!

  17. It’s hard to believe it’s almost the holiday season! Now to go order some cards…..!

    1. This is something that I always wait till the last minute on and then have to buy store bought. I’m planning ahead this year!

  18. This year will be interesting for us. We can’t wait and welcome the new holiday season with arms wide open.

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