A Southerner knows the importance of entertaining and hospitality. We've always got a pitcher of tea in the fridge or a frozen casserole in the freezer just in case a few extra guests show up. We're ready to host – and, we love doing it. In the last few months of the year, our homes are filled to the brim with unexpected visitors, dinner party guests, and extended family. We've pulled together tips from our editors, Southern decorators, and entertainers to simplify your holiday hosting this Christmas season. With small gestures – like hotel 'Do Not Disturb' signs and good reads – you can warmly welcome guests into your home.

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