When Robert Allen and Al Stillman wrote the song (There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays for Perry Como in 1954, they didn’t spend the better part of the holiday week before cleaning up after nieces and nephews, prying the remote out of their uncle’s iron grip and begging in-laws for just five minutes in their own bathroom.
Holiday hosts are acutely aware there’s no place like home for the holidays, if only because their home feels like the one place in America where home-invading, resource-sucking squatters can’t be dragged out in cuffs. A survey by vacation rental Website HomeAway found that 22% of holiday hosts think their guests over stay their welcome after a day or less.
The list of guest-related grievances stretches longer than the scrolls that some of the gift-grubbing younger relatives will be sending to Santa this year. Reluctant hosts say their charges leave stuff strewn all over the house (31%), don’t help with the cooking or cleaning (26%), need to be entertained constantly (21%), rifle through the drawers and cabinets (2%) and hold the television remote hostage for the length of their trip (2%).
The kicker? Some of these little grinches don’t even want to be there. According to travel site TripAdvisor, 59% of all holiday travelers will stay with family and friends this year. Another 14% say they’re going to cut down on stress by paying for other accommodations rather than staying with family.
Yes, because they are the ones who are incredibly put out and not the host who has to wait for the UPS or FedEx truck carrying the online gifts being shipped ahead by 23% of holiday travelers. Not the homeowners who have to find the storage space for pre-bought gifts that 17% of guests are mailing them. Certainly not the homeowners who feel half their holiday budget goes toward detergent and fabric softener for the 17% of guests who do laundry at their hosts’ home.
All of these little inconveniences become a big reason why 29% of hosts have had it with their holiday guests after only a few days. Coupled with the hassle of getting to their temporary holiday home in the first place, the chaos awaiting holiday travelers once they arrive leads to 51% feeling stressed about the whole ordeal.
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