Christmas Breaks with Kids: Why, How and Where
Few could resist the lure of a relaxing Christmas in a welcoming country house atmosphere, sipping mulled wine and hot chocolate with marshmallows around the fireplace while listening for the tinkle of sleigh bells out in the crisp winter’s night…
But children can often be surprisingly resistant to spending certain special times of year, especially Christmas, away from home. Older kids might think they’re missing out on social events, while younger ones might be anxious that Santa won’t know where to bring their presents.
Of course, once you’re in your destination, whether it’s Granny’s house or a Luxury Family Hotel, all of those worries will evaporate as the children explore their new surroundings and the spirit of Christmas takes hold. But there are ways to get them used to the idea of being away for the festive period.
• Build up the excitement by looking at pictures of your hotel and talking about all the things you can do there as a family with Mum and Dad exonerated from domestic duties. Swimming on Christmas morning anyone? Not a problem…
• Look up special events in your destination, from sparkly Christmas markets and ice rinks to local traditions, pantomimes and shows, carol concerts and Santa’s grottos.
• Have the kids write letters to Father Christmas to let him know where you’ll be. If you have restricted room for presents while travelling, pack the smallest ones and ask the kids to let Santa know to leave the large ones at your house for your return.
• Decorate your house as normal to both get them in a Christmassy mood and keep it alive when you get back.
• Schedule in Skype/FaceTime calls so you and the kids can chat with family and friends.
• Check out what your hotel has lined up for the Christmas period. All Luxury Family Hotels enter fully into the festive spirit.
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