Hi Chutz: Great subject!
I'm certainly not an expert--these are just a few things I've done that seem to work.
First, if there's a lot of cleaning to be done--I cheat and "stash" things in an extra bedroom.
I've also been known to put my sewing, etc. projects under the couch. Sneaky, huh?? I no longer "deep clean" any room. I use a spray carpet cleaner a few days before company comes, then spray a (mild) air freshener the day they come. I spot clean the kitchen floor and countertops. Mostly, the bathroom gets all the attention!
As far as food, I like to make veggie trays and start cutting those up a couple days ahead. I buy dip or make the sour cream/onion soup store-bought type.
I'm always glad when people volunteer to bring food as I tend to overdo, otherwise.
We're going to have baked ham, sliced for sandwiches, summer sausage, little smokies in sauce, the veggies, and crackers/chips. Maybe an easy fruit salad with a few drained cans of fruit mixed with a little instant vanilla pudding. And some Christmas
cookies. This year is my first gluten-free Christmas, so it'll be a challenge. I did make some GF brownies that turned out well so I froze those--they'll be my dessert (well, one or two!).
I may put together an easy punch recipe--that seems to go over well.
Maybe for the kiddies coming to your house, you could have a board game or two ready for them. Or even materials for a super simple Christmas craft? Stores like Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann's likely have something like that and there are lots of sales going on at stores like that. You could always put them to work and give them little jobs, too.
I recruit family help when I can. Sometimes that's easier said than done, though.
You sound very organized and I love the menu you chose! My husband likes the store-bought dinner rolls, so that's easy for me.
Hope all goes well and you have a wonderful Christmas season!
Pray, hope, and don't worry." St. Padre Pio
"The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful, to make the most of what we have, to be happy with simple pleasures and have courage when things go wrong." Laura Ingalls Wilder
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