What Kind of Holiday Host Are You?

Kelli Fox

Do you love hosting the holidays, or do you dread it? Are you the life and soul of the party, or the host hiding in the kitchen watching the clock and waiting for guests to leave? Does your home come alive at the holidays, or is it business as usual, just with added jollity? See if you recognize yourself (and the rest of your family!).

Aries (March 20th - April 19th)

The holidays are not a time of rest, as far as you’re concerned, and you’ll keep your guests busy throughout. If anyone’s going to choose some extreme holiday activities, it will be you, Aries. Everything about your holiday décor is modern and trendy, and you’ll keep your guests entertained with a constant stream of seasonal music and hot and spicy food. You love an element of surprise, and you’ll skillfully create a spontaneous and impulsive “what shall we do now?” kind of atmosphere. Even the kids will be kept busy with plenty of crafts and fun. You certainly make occasions memorable, but don’t be surprised if your guests fall asleep half way through dinner – you don’t leave a lot of room or time for simply chilling out together!

Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)

It’s all about food and luxury when Taurus is holiday host – although you do like to bring the outdoors indoors, so your decorations will be natural and rustic, and probably home made. You’ll spend on lavish treats, great wine and over the top meals – then when everyone is too full to move, you’ll be more than happy to lounge in front of the TV on the pretext of enjoying family togetherness. And why not? A mellow and leisurely holiday spent chez Taurus will leave everyone satisfied and content – but you’re not thrilled about having the responsibility for cleaning up afterwards. If your guests are relaxing, you figure you should be too. Who wants a stressed out host, after all?

Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)

A holiday spent with you, Gemini, is fun and lively, with an emphasis firmly on having a good time. You’ll have a packed house, full of friends, family, and some random person you met and felt sorry for. Shiny, sparkly decorations abound and you’ll have an impressive array of indoor and outdoor lights, just to highlight the fact that you’re home, should any neighbors care to call in. Holiday meals are sure to be informal and perhaps buffet style, so as not to interfere with the socializing and the busy program of games you’ve organized. You do get bored quickly though, so when not exhorting family members to cheer up and enjoy themselves, you’ll be clinging to a bottle of something and anxiously wondering how much longer there is to go.

Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)

As nostalgic as they come, holidays chez Cancer are all about family traditions, and you’ll get pretty upset if your guests just aren’t into these. When not sulking over a sibling’s refusal to play along, however, you’ll do your utmost to make your guests feel comfortable and well looked after, attending to their every need. You’re very family focused, and children are a big part of the holidays as far as you’re concerned – no separate kiddies table for you. Décor wise, you create a homely atmosphere, with home made decorations from your own childhood as well as heirlooms and keepsakes. TV and video games are banned, and the family joins together for board games and charades….whether they like it or not.

Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)

Leo holiday hosts simply have to put on a show. From your immaculate and expensively decorated home to your specially chosen outfits and lavish food, you’ll spend a lot of money, whether you can afford it or not, in a bid to host the perfect holiday. Elegant decorations are understated and chic, and you might hire a professional entertainer to keep children happy. It’s all very poised and perfect, but perhaps lacking something in homespun charm. After a few glasses of something, however, you do let your barriers down a little…only to possibly go too far in the other direction, leaving family and guests to cook for themselves as the hostess with the mostess is too busy having fun.

Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)

You approach the holidays like you approach everything else in life – with meticulous attention to detail and, importantly, with A Plan. You have very firm ideas about what you want and you’re in your element organizing it all. Try not to stress out about the tiniest of issues, though. Remember, your family togetherness is more important than whether the dinner napkins match the tablecloth. You’ll decorate your home with simple, natural greenery and seasonal flowers, but you can’t stand tacky items or over the top jollity. In fact, enforced or faked happiness really isn’t your thing at all. Ordered and refined enjoyment is on the cards for your guests – belly laughs and festive chaos, probably not so much.

Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)

Guests at Libra’s home during the holidays are likely to enjoy a happy and sociable celebration, with lots of opportunity for catching up on the gossip and plenty of time to relax. You’re creative with your festive décor, if a bit on the cluttered side – do you need to display every last decorative item you’ve ever bought? Your normal good taste tends to go out of the window at this time of year. Good food and lots of sweet treats are definitely guaranteed though, as are thoughtful and inspired gifts which haven’t cost a fortune. Your diplomatic nature works hard to keep the peace over the dinner table. Traditional family rows have no place in the Libra household over the holidays, and you’ll make sure of that.

Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)

Dramatic décor and a variety of weird and wonderful holiday activities await guests in the Scorpio home. You love to shock, and you’re not afraid of turning holiday traditions on their heads or even abandoning them altogether. You do love helping children enjoy the season, but you’ll also be keen to pack them off to bed so that the adults can enjoy themselves and lose some inhibitions. Holiday dinner is likely to be bold and unusual, but your sense of humor shows through in unexpected little touches such as dinner table favors which raise an eyebrow or two. You do want to have fun, but for you hosting the holidays is more about the opportunity to make a statement than it is about making sure everyone else is comfortable.

Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)

You’re a bright and breezy soul and you’ll approach holiday hosting with typical zest and enthusiasm. Details aren’t really your strong point, and you won’t care whether the holiday table is set immaculately or whether your decorations are a bit on the wonky side – but you will care deeply that everyone has fun and that your love for one another shines through. Sagittarius doesn’t do timetables, so the holiday period evolves organically, without any formality. An outdoor element to your celebrations is a must, whether your family likes it or not, so bundle them up warm and take them out hiking to work up an appetite. It’s a hale and hearty festive atmosphere, lacking in some refinement but more than making up for that with heart.

Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)

Holidays chez Capricorn are sure to be an expensive but classy affair, and you will have paid meticulous attention to detail in everything from the food to the décor. Your holiday decorations are typically quite plain and minimalist, but very dignified and high quality. The Capricorn home at this time exudes an air of calm expectation. Although guests probably feel that they should be on their best behavior around you, you do lighten up a great deal when you’re with the ones you love, and your dry sense of humor will keep everyone laughing and relaxed. Definitely a traditionalist, however, you won’t want any surprises and will be doing exactly the same things as you’ve always done at this time of year.

Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)

Independent, quirky and as untraditional as they come, you’ll want guests spending the holidays with you to go home with plenty to talk about. It’s not hard for you to come up with a different and unusual twist on the holidays, as you rarely follow traditions in any case – but be prepared for some family members to find your unique take on things a little too weird for their tastes. Your decorations are modern, new and shiny, and probably incorporate digital elements and electronics in some way. Likewise, your food is not the traditional holiday fare, but something lighter and more exotic. For entertainment, you’re likely to share some magic tricks or call upon family members to show off their skills – anything but the dreaded holiday TV.

Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)

If you’re hosting the holidays this year, you’ll want things to be quite traditional but with magical touches, and you’ll go the extra mile to make sure it’s memorable for all concerned. You’re not the most organized of people, but with plenty of lists and lots of reminders, you’ll get there. Any lack of planning on your part is more than made up for by the enchanting atmosphere you’ll always manage to give your home – imaginative decorations and lots and lots of seasonal vibes make the Pisces home a very happy place to be. You’ll fuss a lot over the holiday meal, and over making sure everyone is happy – but don’t forget that the thing which makes the holiday go best of all is a happy host. Don’t frazzle yourself too much.

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