Monday, December 25, 2006

And Then There Were Ten

I'm thinking of a particular episode of Seinfeld where Kramer is entertaining some Japanese businessmen. At night he has them sleep in his living room in a large chest of drawers.

Where am I going to put ten people in my little house? Where's everyone going to sleep? Will they mind being hamsters like Steve and the kids and I are on a regular basis? A couple of hotel rooms are not an option since the point is to be together. And we have been for almost 24 hours now. Surprisingly, we have been successful so far at enjoying the peaceful splendor of the holidays.

The keys to hosting a party this size in a house this size are quite clear:
#1 Stagger bathroom trips and showers. In a house with one bathroom, this is a "must."
#2 Serve plenty of food. With everybody eating all the time, no one can complain when their mouths are full.
#3 Take a few "field trips." Getting everyone out and about provides relief from "cabin fever."
#4 Have a few good movies on hand. "Olive the Other Reindeer" is a particular favorite and it spans the generations in its humor.
#5 Make sure you are stocked up on paper further explanation needed.
#6 A full wine rack may come in handy.

All in all, having 10 "good sports" in closed quarters makes for a wonderful, memorable holiday. The chance for all-important family bonding can happen in a variety of ways...some when you least expect it. There is no doubt that Martha Stewart would cringe at this situation and my suggestions but she is more than welcome to c'mon over and join our "cozy" Christmas extravaganza!



At 4:56 PM, Blogger Donna said...

My hats of to you two. 5 months with 4 adults and 3 kids and (3 dogs) with 2 bathrooms was tough enough, Steve just worked A LOT of overtime. But as cramped as it was we wouldn't have had it any other way. Believe it or not I missed my parents when their house was finally done (Okay they only live 3 minutes away) But it was great all being under one roof.


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