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Preparation pointers:

How to get your home ready for holiday guests


amily gatherings are synonymous with the holiday season. Even those families who have spread out far and wide often manage to come together at least once at the end of the year. When families include members who don’t live within driving distance of one another, those who aren’t hosting the holiday festivities must plan an overnight stay. Lodging costs can be considerable during the holiday season because hotels can quickly fill to capacity. Holiday hosts who want to go the extra mile can invite guests to forgo hotels and stay overnight at their homes, where guests can spend more time with hosts and won’t have to worry about finding lodging they can afford. Though it’s a nice gesture to host overnight guests during the holiday season, it’s also one that requires a little work on the part of the hosts, who must take time ouf of the often hectic holiday schedule to prepare their homes for guests. The following are a few pointers for hosts who want to ensure everything is ready and accommodating for overnight guests. • Take inventory of household linens. Depending on how many guests you’ll be hosting, you may need to stock up on extra linens. If only one or two

people will be staying overnight, you should be able to make due with what you have. However, if you’ll be hosting a second family for the holidays, whether it’s one night or a full week, then you will likely need to buy more linens, including bedding, pillows and blankets. Take inventory of what you have and make sure you have adequate bedding for each guest, as well as some extra bedding in case of emergency. • Discuss pet allergies. Holiday hosts who have pets should discuss pet allergies with potential overnight guests well in advance of the season. If guests are allergic to your pets, then it might not be comfortable for them to stay overnight at your home. While most families would not want to shelter their pets on a holiday, doing so is an option but one that may not even be worth it. Pet hair and dander around the house might be enough to trigger an allergic attack even when the pet isn’t in or around the home, so sheltering the pet may not be a solution after all. Discuss this issue with prospective guests well in advance of the season so they have time to find affordable lodging in the event that any of them do have a pet allergy.

• Stock up on toiletries. Toiletries are bound to run out if you’re hosting guests for the holidays. Before guests arrive, stock up on these items, including toilet and facial tissue, hand soap, bath soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and extra toothbrushes in case guests forgot to pack their own. These items have no expiration date, so even if you end up buying more than you need you can 2013

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Safely deck the halls this holiday season Keep the area around a fireplace clear to prevent fires.

S GUESTS: Don’t be caught off guard From Page 2 the holidays, you will need all the space you can get, so clear the house of as much clutter as possible. Put all toys away and clear the common areas of items like shoes and clothing that can make a space seem more cramped. In addition, clear the dining room table of any items that aren’t needed at mealtime and choose festive centerpieces that don’t take up much space.

• Don’t be caught off guard by a storm. If guests will be staying multiple nights, it’s safe to assume everyone, hosts and guests included, will want to get out of the house, be it to enjoy local holiday celebrations or simply to avoid cabin fever by getting some fresh air. But the holiday season gets its fair share of inclement weather, including snowstorms. Hosts should not be caught off guard by a snowstorm, stocking up on items like a snow shovel,

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HALLS: Keep children away from fireplaces walls around wood stoves.

From Page 3 remember basic safety precautions when doing so. • Fireplaces can become quite hot no matter which type of fuel they burn. Draperies and other fabric should not be hung too close to fireplaces and stoves. • The glass and screens that cover fireplaces should be used to prevent sparks and embers from entering a room. • Keep children away from fireplaces while they are in use. • Have fireplaces professionally cleaned each year and inspected by a certified chimney specialist. The United States Fire Administration says heating fires account for 36 percent of residential home fires each year. Clearing the chimney of creosote can reduce accidental chimney fires. • Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures so they don’t reach dangerous levels. • Use fire-resistant materials on

• Do not leave fires unattended for long periods of time or allow them to burn overnight.

• Use electric lights on a Christmas tree instead of lit candles.

• Keep Christmas trees far away from fireplaces. Christmas trees can easily ignite, and the heat from the fire can dry them out over time.

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• Do not overload circuits with too many lights strung together. Doing so is a fire hazard and can cause overheating.

Candles used to decorate Christmas trees and the like were once the norm. However, candles can easily tip over and start a fire. Today there are far safer alternatives to providing holiday illumination. • Flameless candles use a twinkling LED light to create the atmosphere of an actual candle. They can be purchased in all different shapes and sizes. • Extinguish all candles before retiring for the night. • When using candles, make sure they are out of the reach of children and/or pets.

Many brands of Christmas lights are UL-listed and tested for safety. But safety precautions are necessary when stringing lights as well.

• Use caution when putting lights outside. Purchase lights that specifically mention outside use. Have a person help you string lights when you must climb a ladder. Spotters can help prevent injuries. • Shut off lights when you go to bed. You will be saving energy and preventing fire risk. • Keep dogs and cats away from Christmas lights. They can become tangled or chew on wires and get

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Decorative table settings are ideal for holiday entertaining.


hether you are hosting family for the holidays or just a few close friends, setting an elaborate table for your meals can help enhance the ambiance. Dining at a beautifully arranged table can set the mood for a wonderful evening. Depending on the overall theme of your holiday decorating, you can incorporate components of similar decorative items into the table settings or go off the beaten path with new ideas. Options abound when arranging a holiday table, but here are a few ideas to get started.

use them for the first time. Fine china can impart a feeling of elegance and make the holiday meal even more special. If you do not have china or prefer something else, invest in dishes and glasses decorated with a holiday theme. These can be used annually for your special dinner. Invest in cloth napkins, which are more ornate and elegant than traditional napkins. Create napkin rings that double as place cards. Make small rings of threaded popcorn, or use mini wreaths to surround the napkins and tie on small tags with guests’ names.

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Don’t be afraid to be elaborate with your holiday table centerpiece. You may prefer to use traditional elements,

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statue or ceramic item that you absolutely love? Show it off front and center. Tall vases filled with pine cones and berries also add some elegance

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Secrets to holiday baking success Certain tips can ensure your holiday baking is successful.


aking is popular come the holiday season, when baked goods are often gifted or shared with family and friends at holiday gatherings. Individuals turn out sweet treats left and right, and these treats are often gobbled up by appreciative holiday revelers. Although some people have mastered baked goods, others can benefit from a few tricks of the trade. Utilize these tips to make holiday baking that much easier. • Overworked cookie dough may result in dry cookies. Try not to handle dough more than is necessary to roll it out to desired thickness. When rolling the dough, put it between two pieces of waxed paper to reduce flour usage on the rolling pin.

sticking. • The same technique can be used when baking cookies. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and bake as directed. The cookies should slide right off when done, and you won’t have messy pans to wash afterward. • Double-check your oven temperature with a reliable thermometer to make sure it is accurate. This will help you bake more efficiently and adjust the time or temperature accordingly. • Many cookie doughs can be refrigerated or even frozen, so you can make a big batch and then spread out your baking as needed throughout the season.

• When baking brownies or other bar-type cookies, line the inside of the pan with greased aluminum foil. This way you can lift out the dessert and cut it neatly instead of risking

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