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Have a plan for the holidays

Geschreven door Heidi Los

Have a plan….and relieve yourself of last minute pressure!

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Having a plan is the key!

 

 

Most likely you will be traveling or hosting families during the holiday. Having a plan ahead will help things go more smoothly. That way you will be more relaxed during the actual holiday. So, have a plan!

 

Are you hosting? Have a plan…

  • Prepare the guestroom at least two weeks in advance
  • On the day of arrival, add a bottle of water and a flower in the room of your guests
  • Ask your guests what they want to do while you’re the host
  • Think about the personal space you need for yourself while hosting guests and communicate this with them
  • Ask your children what they need while having guests
  • Think ahead about what dinner you want to serve on the day of arrival. Make it easy for yourself and don’t forget that guests will be tired from traveling.
  • Stand out with your dinner on the second or third day of the stay; the impact will be bigger. But use familiar recipes! They help keep it simple because you already know them and are guaranteed to succeed.
  • Start decorating your home and garden now so you can enjoy it yourself, too.
  • Make your home feel festive and warm. Your visitors will feel welcome and will be better guests when they feel spoiled.
  • Be aware of an open communication – ask and tell what you both need.
  • Tell your visitors that they have to do the highlights by themselves. Together you can go to a place that is new to both of you. That way you, too, will explore more of the place where you live. You can give your top tips to help them explore by themselves. That gives you more time to be together with your family. You all need that.

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Decorate your garden in time!

Are you traveling? Have a plan…

  • Check all passports now!
  • Book your tickets
  • Book ahead who you want to visit and what you want to do
  • Ask your children what they want to do during the holiday
  • Think about the restaurants you want to visit
  • Book your pet sitter
  • Book your house sitter
  • Inform the police officer of your neighborhood that you will be away during the holiday
  • Think about your booklist. Review them in the weeks before your actual trip to be certain they are of interest to you.
  • Make sure you have time for yourself. A day for just you is rare if you are an Expat Partner. Take advantage of your partner being around and available for your children. They will both LOVE it. So will you 😉 and you deserve it!

Are you visiting family and friends back home? Have a plan…

  • Check all passports now!
  • Inform your friends that you are coming, when and how long you will stay there
  • Book your tickets
  • Start buying gifts as of today! Try to buy online if you have a lack of time.
  • Think about the best place to stay over night. You need time for yourself as well, never forget it is your limited time off from work and you need rest.
  • Communicate about your plans to family and friends about your calendar ahead
  • Book ahead who you want to visit and what you want to do
  • Ask your children who they want to meet
  • Think about the restaurants you want to visit
  • Book your pet sitter
  • Book your house sitter
  • Inform the police officer of your neighborhood that you will be away during the holiday
  • Be aware of an open communication – ask and tell what you both need.

Use familiar recipes!img_7752

You have to do it all? Definitely have a plan…

I know this sounds ridiculous to someone who never lived as an Expat before, but it is the reality of many expats! Read and do all of the above, plus:

  • Don’t forget to breathe in and out!
  • At some point, you really liked the idea of having friends over, travel and visiting families all in one holiday. Forgive yourself for doing this. Just enjoy it and don’t be harsh on yourself when you feel tired. That is human. You asked yourself and your family to be super-human, which cost a lot of energy. Just have fun and think about it twice the next time….

Good luck with your holiday plan and happy holidays to you all!

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