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