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Staying Merry in Common Holiday Conundrums

Isn't it ironic that what's supposed to be the season of giving, reflecting and general do-gooding is tied up in the most stressful expectations for shopping and hosting? It can be enough to make you want to say bah humbug, but please, don't. Here are some common holiday conundrums, and some advice on how to stay merry.
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Don't Stress About Hosting, Enjoy Your Guests

At some point, I don't know when, I started to plan a bit too much for hosting company. Perhaps I got so caught up that I became fussed, sucking the spontaneity out of what should be fun. Those that profess to enjoy hosting often agree that the trick to keeping it stress free is to be prepared and organized. But don't forget to relax and enjoy your guest's company.
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Nine Ways to Be a Good Cottage Guest

You might be worried about committing a faux pas and ending up on the host's blacklist. You also may be new to the wilderness, which can be an even bigger concern, for different reasons all together. Whether you're a good friend, an acquaintance or a tag-along, following some simple guidelines can ensure that everyone has a great time and that you get invited back.