Hey Everyone! Todays Post is by Kate Loves Travel! Here we go! I know that for many people Christmas is a time to be at home with their family… and generally I would agree. But several times in my life so far, I’ve wanted to escape the trappings of Christmas and do something different…
The first time was when I was on my year out from university. I had spent the first semester in Mexico and was due to return home just before Christmas… but the thought of a few more weeks in the sun was just too tempting, so I delayed my flight home.
Instead of heading back to cold, miserable England, I decided to head to the laid-back beach resort of Zipolite with a few friends. Our accommodation was a thatched hut on the beach, where we could lay in our hammocks and watch the sunset. There was absolutely no sign of Christmas anywhere… no tree, no decorations, nothing! Christmas dinner was pizza and beers at a restaurant on the beach – we all wished each other a happy Christmas but that was it. In fact, we never left the beach all week – it was as if Christmas had never even happened!
The second time I missed Christmas at home was some years later when my now husband and I made a conscious decision to go away for Christmas. We chose The Gambia as we had not visited Africa before. Our lovely hotel on the beach had quite a few British guests and so an effort had been made to make it feel Christmassy: there was a tree, decorations and a Christmas dinner (of sorts). Christmas Day arrived and we headed to the pool to chill out. Suddenly, mid-morning, we were disturbed by the sound of bells tinkling! There followed a few moments of confusion as everyone sat up and looked around to see where the noise was coming from. Then we spotted it… Santa was on the roof of the hotel, looking down over the pool area where most of the guests were congregated! This led to much excitement amongst the younger guests. It was a lovely touch!
Christmas dinner was an unusual affair… we sat at a table full of people we had only just met and ate what could only be described as an African take on a British Christmas dinner… but it was close enough and the food was pretty good (the wine was not so good, but you can’t have everything)! This was followed by some traditional Gambian entertainment which, sadly, was not to most people’s taste! But, unlike my Christmas in Mexico, it did still feel Christmassy – even if it was hot and sunny outside!
And my only other holiday at Christmas-time was to Center Parcs in the Lake District with my immediate family. As we were in the UK, it still felt very much like Christmas… we even woke up to a covering of snow on Christmas Day morning. It looked quite magical covering the treetops and the lake. Christmas dinner involved the usual food, not to mention crackers, but it didn’t quite live up to my Mum’s Christmas dinner of course!
So, would I recommend going away for Christmas? Hmmm, it’s a difficult one. I had an amazing time on all my holidays at Christmas but now I have a daughter, I feel more inclined to stay at home and do traditional Christmas stuff… but we will definitely go away for Christmas again when she’s older.
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What did you think of this post, would you travel there? Would you ever escape christmas or any other holiday? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^
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