A warm feeling of welcome starts outside
Welcoming someone to your home starts before they even get in the door. You can make your home and entryway warm and welcome by lighting some outdoor candles. Your front door will look incredibly inviting with just the addition of some terracotta dishes.
Fire-resistant luminarias with a holiday message on them are a perfect front-door decoration. Be sure to put them somewhere dry, though. The effect of them all lined up in a row is really cheerful.