That is really nice, so in keeping with the spirit of the season, and something I love both doing myself and seeing others do. To me, as introverted as I am, when it comes to the holidays, the more the merrier.
Earlier this month, a good friend of mine had a falling out with her crazy sister, with whom she'd been living, and really had nowhere to go. So, we invited her to come stay with us indefinitely. We have the space, and she's been a good friend of mine for several years; we used to work together. (Y'all have not heard about her yet because she's been awesome, so nothing to report.)*
We'd had plans to go out to our best friends' house, Mike and Tracy, for Christmas day. When they found out that "Linda" was staying here, they included her too, and today, Tracy called me to see what kind of gift Linda might like so she'd have something to open. I seriously got all teary-eyed. My friends are amazing, all of them.
* She cleans my house, cooks dinner when I'm running late at work, and takes my child/picks up my child from school when my schedule is crazy. She's collecting unemployment while looking for a job, which I hope for her sake that she finds, but I'll miss having her here to make my life so much easier. The other day, my son came up to me and gave me a hug saying, "Mama, you seem so much happier since Miss Linda has been here. I like seeing you look relaxed and happy when you get home from work, not stressed out." My house has seriously been spotless since she moved in, and she also has a really cool dog who gets along great with both of my own dogs and also the cats.