many hands make light work
Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) November 3, 2006
The holidays are fast approaching, which means the arrival of holiday guests can't be far behind. AP9 Todays Escapes, a premier travel and entertainment savings program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, notes that there are a few steps you can take to make sure your guests -- and you -- have an enjoyable holiday stay.
The holiday season is hectic enough, even before you factor in a long visit from your in-laws or a weekend stopover by your long-lost college roommate and his family. From worrying about their comfort and accommodations to wondering how to entertain them, concerns have a tendency to mount as the arrival date gets closer. However, members of AP9 Todays Escapes know that they can save up to 20% on a variety of useful and entertaining items and services, thereby relieving at least some of their holiday-hosting angst.
AP9 TodaysEscapes offers a few suggestions on how to reduce the stress brought on by holiday guests:
-- Prepare for safe landings. Nothing can dampen the holiday cheer quite so quickly as an injury or accident involving a houseguest. If you live in a cold-weather clime, be sure you have an adequate supply of shovels, rock salt and other snow- and ice-removal needs on hand to ensure safe trips to and from the driveway. If your guests include young children, do a full sweep of your home beforehand to make sure any potentially dangerous (or simply valuable but fragile) items are placed out of harm's way.
-- Stock up on … everything. Overnight (or longer) stays don't just mean more mouths to feed. Those mouths are attached to bodies that have other needs as well. From common household items like toiletries, fresh towels and linens to often-overlooked travel essentials like alarm clocks and aspirin, try to anticipate your guests' needs in your pre-arrival shopping.
-- Communicate beforehand. Every family has its own holiday ideas and traditions, e.g., opening presents on Christmas Eve, attending midnight church services, or caroling around the neighborhood. If you have specific traditions, be sure to share them with your guests before they arrive. This will give you both enough lead time to prepare for the event(s) or to find other things for your guests to do while you're otherwise occupied. It will also give you both a chance to firm up or eliminate some ideas on amusing pastimes and other plans.
-- Share tasks -- and decisions. Not only do "many hands make light work," but sharing chores can also make people feel useful -- and wanted. If they ask to do so, let your guests prepare dishes, clear tables, walk dogs and help out in other ways. And be sure to include them in decisions about group activities, particularly entertainment choices, just in case your idea of a rollicking good time turns out to be their idea of a cure for insomnia.
-- Smile, smile, smile. It's the holiday season, after all, a time when goodwill fills the air. A sunny disposition can go a long way toward soothing any ruffled feathers, even your own. And if that fails, remember what your third-grade teacher said about your classmate's book report on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: This too shall pass.
In addition to savings of up to 20% on home interests, books, videos, music and more, members enjoy discounts of up to 20% at popular restaurants across the United States, great deals on movie tickets, and significant savings on airfare, hotels, car rentals and other travel needs – all through AP9 TodaysEscapes.
About AP9 TodaysEscapes
AP9 Todays Escapes is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs such as AP9 Todays Escapes.
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