Even though your house is on the market, you still have the option to restrict showings when family and guests are visiting. Consider- Buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than they do during a work week. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you need to be on the market during the Holidays to capture that market!