Christmas is a season for kindling
the fire for hospitality in the hall,
the genial flame of charity in the heart.
My children love for our home to be full of friends, big and small. Whenever we host a dinner or party, their excitement is overwhelming in those important hours before guests arrive. Instead of being frustrated by their energy level, I have found that delegating a few creative jobs can make that time very pleasant and fun for all of us. Additionally, they are able to share in the blessing of hospitality and learn what it means to honor guests in our home.
Make it personal. For more formal dinners, my daughter loves creating place cards with each guest's name. From basic, folded card stock to names beautifully written on leaves... the possibilities are truly endless. All they need is a list of names and a little inspiration (maybe from Google images - kids handmade place cards). Legos will also hold a place card very nicely....