I’m Dreaming of a (very) White Christmas

It’s that time again – the second Wednesday of the month – which has come to mean one thing: The Travel Belles get together Across the Cafe Table and having a bit of a natter. The question we’re answering this month is: If you had to go spend Christmas in another country, which would you choose? You’ll find the other responses here.

I know that it is the norm for those spending Christmas in the chilly Northern Hemisphere to want to escape southwards, but I’d like to do the opposite. Here in England (and I’m saying ‘England’ because the same cannot be said for the northern reaches of Scotland) we get a smattering of snow in the winter months, sometimes enough to grind the country to a halt, but rarely the knee-deep, halfway-up-your-front-door stuff. Getting any snow on Christmas Day is rarer still.

So, I’d like to head North – perhaps to Norway or Sweden –Β  and find a secluded log cabin in a small village. Not one of those holiday villages in Lapland, you understand. Just a little local place that nobody outside of has ever heard of. It would be the type of place where rotund, bearded men shrug off thick animal-skin outerwear as they enter ranch-like pubs, drinking ale from tankards as their cheeks grow ruddy in front of a roaring fire. We would have to wear snow-shoes (and a lot of layers) to go outside and on Christmas Eve, a sleigh being pulled by a team of huskies would take us away from all civilization to see the Northern Lights. There, under the hallucinogenic sky, we would make our Christmas wishes. Then we’d be whisked back to our cabin where we’d put some hot chocolate on the stove and hang out our stockings.

Maybe we’d head South in time for New Year’s Eve, disembarking on Scotland’s Northern shores like Vikings of old, to find a place where the mulled wine is freely flowing and we can join in with the midnight singing of Auld Lang Syne.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas candles

Where would you go for Christmas, if you could go anywhere?




  1. You and I have had a rather similar thought about where we would spend Christmas. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year.

    • Thank you Cathy, I hope you do too – Happy Christmas!

  2. That sounds kind of fabulous, Katie… your own little books one and two of chronicles of narnia! I wonder if one of those bearded dudes would be wearing a red suit. πŸ™‚

    • That’s my only worry – that what I’m imagining in my head exists only in Narnia! But wouldn’t it just be wonderful? Especially if Santa himself turned up! You’re invited, of course πŸ™‚

  3. Sounds like a perfect Christmas to me! Beautiful images Katy, I can picture it all now. It’s making me rethink my sun-worshipping!

    • There’s something to be said for the sun-worshipping as well, but you’d definitely be welcome on my ‘Narnia’ Christmas trip πŸ™‚

  4. This sounds enticing and you’ve *almost* convinced me that winter isn’t so bad after all. πŸ™‚

    • I’m glad that I’ve nearly convinced you, Christina! Sure, the dark, miserable days of winter aren’t fun, but snow, huskies and northern lights? That’s a good kind of winter πŸ™‚ You’re welcome to join me on my festive adventure!


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