The festive season. Time for reconnecting with the family, sitting indoors watching the Christmas specials and playing board games, right? Wrong!
Well, wrong for some of us. For some, Christmas means traipsing halfway across the country to see both sides of the family, negotiating personality clashes and being really, really bored of board games. A friend recently told me a story of her household’s infamous ‘Scrabblegate’ which saw all four members of her family in tears one Christmas Day after a minor dispute about the rules escalated into sobs and bitter recriminations.
Increasingly, people are taking control of the holiday season and spending it as far away from the traditional trappings of Christmas as possible. Somewhere warm and pleasant where rampant consumerism and necessity of cleaning up after an enormous meal can’t find you is usually preferable.
Tips for planning a Christmas break
Although Christmas is traditionally a time for – well, tradition – like all traditions it can be worth re-evaluating. If you don’t enjoy something about Christmas – the weather, the sense of obligation, the bad bon-bon jokes or the same old Christmas movies – then try something different! After all, it does come around every year.
Are you planning to go anywhere this Christmas?
Vivienne Egan is a writer for Thomson Local. Find travel agents in the UK with Thomson Local.
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