Christmas is on it’s way (Hurrah!) and as much as we love spending so much time with our loved ones at this time, it can also prove to be trying. Matt Fletcher from Property Lettings Agent “TheBigDomain” has shared their tips on the do’s and dont’s for festive family gatherings.
Speaking of festive gatherings, Matt said:
“We’re finding that more and more families are choosing to hire a large property to use for their festive celebrations to bring the whole clan together. It certainly takes the weight off of one person in particular to play host and ensures everyone can have a great time. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to explore a new destination – be that in the UK or abroad – and create new memories together while being able to reminisce about times gone by too.”
Matt then goes on to share his top tips for surviving a festive Soiree.
- Include some pre-planned activity – while a full on itinerary for the entire gathering is probably going a little overboard, there’s no better way to make sure there is some structure and that all the key reasons for getting together are covered off than with some touch-in points for specific dinners or activities. It’s also really important to make sure everyone has some downtime so that they can relax or go out and do their own thing
- Make sure everyone feels involved – ensure everyone has the opportunity to be involved by asking people in advance to contribute their ideas for games and potential group outings. Not everyone will want to be involved in everything – if granny would rather have an afternoon nap than play Christmas charades again then she’ll probably be in a better mood for that evening’s dinner
- Something for everyone – with people of all ages and interests getting together you’re never going to please everyone with a one-size-fits-all event. This doesn’t mean having to organise a special tour to indulge one person’s niche interest but a little goes a long way when taking into consideration someone’s allergies or that they have a small baby to keep in a routine, for example
- Be considerate – this is a broad one but one that needs to be front of mind with any large group gathering. This is not to say that everyone should be walking on eggshells for the entire getaway, that’s no fun. Just make sure you’re not hogging all of uncle’s delicious special recipe pudding or being the person that takes forever to get ready and always keeps everyone else waiting
- Be patient – there’s always that one person who manages to push our buttons or say the wrong thing. For the sake of keeping the peace and not ruining the jubilant atmosphere, take a deep breath and think positive thoughts…like beating them at pool in the games room or relaxing in the private hot tub later
With properties that sleep up to 140 people, thebigdomain.com offers a wide range of family gathering options ideal for a Christmas celebration both on UK shores and abroad. Be sure to check their website out for more information.
What are your tips for surviving a festive gathering with your nearest and dearest? Let us know in the comments below or feel free to tweet us @underxmastree