I have been perusing the internet looking to see what other folks are saying about hospitality. Here's what Momstheword had to say about the topic.
That is what it is like to make our homes "sing." As homemakers, we have the ability to make our home a place of rest and beauty and welcome, or we can make it a place that people can't wait to get out of...including our own family.
She has lots of other great stuff on the topic as well. Please go check out her post.
One thing I want to touch on here, though, is the last bit of that excerpt..."including our own family".
We may make a fuss over details when we have guests, but what about for those who live in our home? I will admit to you that this is something I struggle with. It is easy to get lost in the mundane activities of day-to-day life. We are doing good to just get a meal on the table, never mind setting the table neatly, putting flowers on the table, or lighting candles.
Last week I did go out and cut lots of greenery and flowers and put all over the house to make it homey for us. We weren't expecting any company, just the four of us. (Now I won't mention that my sweet husband sat in the living room where there were 5 vases of stuff that weren't there the day before for probably an hour and didn't notice the first one!)
Here are a few suggestions for showing your hospitality to your family...making your home a haven...
~fresh flowers on the dinner table
~use cloth napkins
~leave a note or special treat on each person's pillow
~tell your family how much you enjoy their company
What will you do this week to make your family feel special at home?