You’re getting ready for your quiet Christmas, and then you find out that unexpected guests will be arriving! With all of the stress you are already feeling over the season, the last thing you may want, is to be entertaining extra people, but if you don’t have a choice, keep calm and try these tips:
- A little planning can go a long way. The next time you’re at the supermarket, pick up some cheap snacks like biscuits that you can put out at a moment’s notice.
- Don’t feel pressure to prepare a meal. If people are dropping by unexpectedly and you’re on a budget, don’t feel like you have to feed them dinner. You can politely explain that you don’t have enough food for everyone, and if they are good friends, they will understand.
- Create atmosphere. Maybe the house is messy, and you don’t have extra food, but they’ve come to see you, so don’t panic. Just switch on some music to create a festive atmosphere.
- Welcome your guests. Even though you weren’t expecting them, welcome them with warmth.
- Don’t overthink it. If you can handle extra guests for a meal, then do so. Squeeze chairs around the dining table, divide smaller portions, make do with what you have, and keep the food simple.
Being around people this time of year can be joyful, so relax and have fun.
If you’re having a difficult time this season, our SuicideLine Victoria counsellors are here to help. Call us on 1300 651 251 anytime.