While there are things a person can do to be a good host over the holidays, it’s also important for visitors to be on their best behavior.

Here are a few ways to be a good guest:

1. Don’t ask to bring pets. It puts the host in the awkward position of saying no when he or she wants to be as gracious as possible. If your host offers to let you bring Rover, then fine.

2. You should offer to strip your bed, but if your host asks you not to, then don’t. Most people can deal with only a certain amount of laundry at one time, so it’s easier if you just leave it unmade and let your host get to it when she can. Wet towels should not be left on the bathroom floor. Pile them in the bathtub or, better yet, put them in the laundry room hamper.

3. Remove all glasses, coffee mugs or other items that migrated into the guest room during your stay and return them to their rightful place.

4. Don’t take anything! (Are you reading this, guest of mine who now has a nice new fluffy robe?). And if you stain or break something, tell your host. Much better to be upfront about your accident and to offer to clean, fix or replace it than to say nothing.

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