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With vacation days, visiting family and countless engagements with friends over this month, don’t let the pressure ruin the fun.

 

Communication

Be very clear on when guests are leaving and arriving. If they are taking a flight, how will the airport run be coordinated? If it’s a dinner party, are children invited? Communication can go a long way to solving issues before they arrive. If in doubt, call to check-in.

 

Food

Do not be shy about asking guests to contribute to the menu. Christmas dinner can easily be made into a potluck and ask closer friends to bring sides, desserts or drinks. Don’t forget to check about any allergies or dietary restrictions before meal planning.

 

Children

If you are having several guests with children over, consider hiring a babysitter for the evening to keep the children entertained. The children will enjoy the evening more and parents will appreciate the break!

 

Arrivals

If your guests are arriving by car, make sure there is enough parking space. If necessary, move your car down the road so they can have easier access.  Have a place to drop shoes and jackets near the entrance so there is no scramble at the doorstep. If it’s chilly out, a freshly made pot of tea or eggnog will be welcomed.

 

Overnight guests

Think about the things you need when you stay at a hotel and use that as guidelines for preparing the room for your guest – put out clean towels, a water bottle and make sure the room is not cluttered. And it’s always a good idea to have a spare toothbrush lying around, just in case someone forgets one.

 

Asking for help

Most guests are eager to help wherever they can but don’t know what to do. Let them help you. Guide them towards what they can do to give a hand – can they dry dishes or lay the table? Including guests in the preparation can often make everyone feel more at ease.

 

Relax

At the end of the day, don’t lose sight of what is important – enjoying the time with your guests. The house doesn’t have to spotless, the meal doesn’t have to be perfect and the activities don’t have to be seamless. Do the best you can and then sit back, relax and enjoy. 

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Zoominescence (Dec. 1 – 31)
A month long festival of lights, held at the zoo.

 

Celebrate the Season (Dec. 7 – 23)
Free event of music and colourful lights, held in front of Alberta’s Legislature Building during the evenings.

 

Choir! Choir! Choir! (Dec. 11)
International singing phenomenon that showcases the best of collaboration and choir.

 

A Christmas Peril Food Bank Benefit (Dec. 15)
Trio of locally based experimental musicians. All proceeds go to Edmonton’s Food Bank and, for those who donate non-perishable goods, entry is free.

 

Glow-in-the-dark Axe Throwing (Dec. 23 – Jan. 7)
Not your typical holiday activity but one-of-a-kind fun for the whole family.

 

Shumka’s Nutcracker (Dec. 29 – 30)
A new twist on a holiday classic, this local production features both ballet and folk dance.

 

Salute to Vienna (Dec. 30)
Highly romantic and spirited, the beauty of this ballet waltz will bring you to the heart of Europe.

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IMMACULATE well kept family home in the desirable Carter Crest is sure to impress! With almost 3000 sq ft of executive living space, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 17 ft vaulted ceilings in Living & Dining Rooms, Gorgeous Hardwood Floors and the list goes on! The kitchen boasts ample OAK cabinetry and a large dinette overlooking the private south facing yard and family room. Upstairs the Massive Master bedroom features a 5pc DOUBLE JACUZZI en-suite with his and hers sinks, walk in closet and a spacious seating area with a view of the beautiful backyard ensuring parents have a quiet space to relax. The fully developed basement has a wide open concept for entertaining and a nanny suite with 3 pc bath and walk-in closet. Enjoy the sunny south facing private yard with stamped concrete patio. Freshly painted top to bottom, 2 HE furnaces, H2O Tank, water softener. Steps to walking paths & parks, Terwillegar rec center, close to shopping, multiple schools, public transportation, Whitemud & Anthony Henday.
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I have listed a new property at 324 1520 HAMMOND GATE in Edmonton.
This is a great find in The Hamptons! 2 bedroom, 2 FULL BATH condo and a titled HEATED underground parking stall!! The open concept kitchen is finished with STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES and an easy to clean tile backsplash, facing the living room with huge windows that make for a bright atmosphere and a deck that faces downtown! 2 great sized bedrooms, the Master bedroom has a WALK-IN CLOSET and 4 piece EN-SUITE. IN-SUITE LAUNDRY with wire racks and plenty of room for storage. This unit is meticulously cared for and very clean! The building has a SECURITY system, elevator, and visitor parking. Titled parking stall is close to elevator access. Handy to major grocery, banks, schools, transit and more!
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