We’ve finally booked for New Zealand, leaving beginning of January. It got mucked around a bit, which meant we decided to wait til the kids had finished school for the year, and we would have Christmas with the family before leaving. As we’re still here at Christmas instead of the warmth of the Pacific, I got to thinking which I prefer for Christmas, is there a better choice out of wintry Northern Hemisphere and the sunny south for actual Christmas day.
For me I reckon the North has it best, the real traditions of Christmas demand cold weather – drinking mulled wine, eating rich food and watching rubbish telly. But ,if I was to go away there are some obvious choices to meet the Christmas spirit. No 1, I think has to be the Ice Hotel , there are several of these in the world now, built from scratch every year with individual themes but the Swedish one has always caught my eye. Also a trip to Germany to visit the traditional Weihnachtsmarkts would surely get you into the festive spirit.
For those with children a more practical choice would be a trip to Lapland – several big companies offer packages now, including reindeer sleigh rides, visits to Santa, a once in a lifetime opportunity for kids big and small.If you pick the right time and package you may even get to see the Northern Lights – the best Christmas lights of all.