Be Prepared: Family is Coming

So you have family coming to your house for the holidays.

I feel like I’m in some kind of self-help meeting. So you’ve decided to have family come over. That’s okay! We can help you!

But really, that’s what this post is about. I’m relatively new to having family come to our home for Christmas, but since we moved into our house a couple of years ago, we’ve hosted our families every few months. In just a few days, Josh’s dad, grandma, sister, brother, and brother’s girlfriend will be coming to our house for a week. We’re very excited, but there’s a lot to do to get ready.

If you’re in the same boat, rest assured! I’m here to share my limited wisdom on this topic.

So what’s the first thing you do when you find out that people are coming over? First, you PANIC!

Just kidding. I promise I’m getting to the real info now.


1. Think about their comfort. Do you have enough beds? Do you have a place for everyone to sleep? Do you have plenty of towels and some extra sheets, just in case? I just finished washing our extra blankets to put in our guest rooms: that way, if they’re cold, they have some nice, clean blankets to cuddle up with during their winter visit.

2. Do you have enough stuff? We somehow don’t have a lot of forks. How this happened, nobody knows. It’s like some weird mystery in our house, but whatever. We just bought more so we’ll be ready. This week, I’m going to get more paper towels, laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc. I’m also going to do a pre-visit grocery run to get things to have in the house: cheese, crackers, cereal, veggies, etc. – things to have on hand for people to snack on if they get hungry!

3. Have ingredients on hand for a couple of big meals. I’m making a few of our traditional meals for our family, like green chile enchiladas (you can take the girl out of New Mexico, but you can’t take the New Mexico out of the girl) Recipe Here, red chile roast with beans, and we’re having tamales as well for Christmas Day. Beyond that, I’ll have items in my freezer for a couple of other meals like chicken and rice soup Recipe!, and maybe even chili (with an i, as opposed to my classic New Mexican chile). Both of those recipes make enough for 8-10 people, which will cover us all!

4. Get a housekeeper. So this is not just my advice for company, but really my advice for life. Josh and I both work full time in high pressure jobs. I love my job. I’d much rather let my stress come from my job rather than the baseboards of my house. So Josh and I get a house cleaner to come monthly to help us out with a deep clean. Our housekeeper came this week, right before they arrive, and then we’re getting them an extra time to come again between Josh’s family visit, and before my parents arrive in January (we’re crazy, I know).

5. Prepare to use your rooms wisely. We only have one major living area: our living room, which flows into our dining room. But Josh is cleaning up his man cave, and will use it as a game area for whoever might want to play video games, or whatever. Basically, have ways to allow us not to be climbing over each other.

6. Relax! I’m still working on this. I’m Type A, and I like to have things organized and be prepared for everything. But with 5 people coming to our house, most of whom are adults with their own mind and ideas, I’m going to have to be ready to go with the flow. That’s more difficult for me, but I’m working on it.

Have any tips or things I forgot? Leave them in the comments!

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