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Love or loathe Christmas, you have to admit that it is a frantic time of year. There is the never ending shopping, meal preparation, visiting of relatives and then there is the entertaining of all and sundry at your house.  It can be great fun but in some cases overwhelming too and extremely exhausting. By that stage we have only just recovered from the sugar high that of Halloween and then we galloping head first into Christmas.

If you aren’t ready to brave the Christmas crowds yet, or perhaps this year you don’t want to spend Christmas Day fighting over the television remote with Aunty Eunice, I’ve have some suggestions for how you can escape the Christmas mayhem. Whether it’s a short break before you prepare yourself for stuffing that turkey or if you dream of escaping the cold UK for somewhere warmer this Christmas, there is something for everyone.


If you are feeling decidedly bah humbug, Thailand is the perfect remedy for those festive blues. December is the best time to visit Thailand. You will soon forget those cold, dark nights when you are basking on the beach under glorious sunshine. This is a “cracker” of a destination that will have you feeling revitalised and ready to pull some actual Christmas crackers when you get back home.

St Petersburg

If you have already eaten too many mince pies (well they have been in the shops since September) and as a result the thought of Christmas Day itself makes you feel like you need to “Dasher” away, then St Petersburg, Russia, is for you. A gloriously beautiful city that will make your heart sing. You can also rest assured that you won’t be forced to take part in any Christmas Day shenanigans as Christmas falls on the 7th January. However, I have heard that Russia isn’t the easiest of place to visit. Their border control is less tinsel and baubles and more iron curtain. Be warned you will need need visas but not to worry you can find more information on the visas you will need here.

Northern India

If you want to escape the Christmas consumerism and immerse yourself in some spirituality then India is the perfect destination for escaping those jingle bells (or should that be ringing checkouts as you buy another present). India is the perfect place to visit if you want to nourish your soul and it’s far warmer too!!!

Where To Find Some Good Last Minute Deals For Winter Sun

You can find Thomas Cook deals with Voucher Codes Pro and best of all you won’t need to sell your reindeer to be to afford an amazing holiday.

Fancy Staying In The UK?

Perhaps you are happy to celebrate Christmas Day but you can’t face having everyone stay in your house booking a self-catering cottage could be the answer. Find somewhere big enough for the whole family where everyone has space to relax. Coastal Cottages has some fantastic properties. I plan to sign up to their newsletter to receive exclusive deals.  I’ve been trying to convince hubby that we should skip Christmas with the extended family and just go it alone just the 5 of us, it’s a work in progress.  I might be better off just booking it and telling him a week before lol.

Where will you be celebrating Christmas this year?

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20 thoughts on “Escaping the Christmas Madness”

  1. I’d actually love to run away somewhere at Christmas time! The amount of stress and hassle for one day is so wrong!

  2. What great idea’s I have to admit though I love all the hustle and bustle of Christmas especially now the kids are a little older and get really excited by all the Christmas lights and visiting the Christmas markets! x

  3. I love the idea of going away for Christmas, but this year I’ll be at my aunt’s. Maybe next year I can be in Thailand! x

  4. I’ve never been away from home at Christmas time but would love to one year. I’m spending it in the UK with my family.

  5. I’ve never actually gone away for Christmas and it seems like such a nice thing to do but for me it would have to be somewhere with snow just so that it still feels cosy and has the atmosphere of Christmas!

  6. I would definitely love to spend Christmas in Thailand or St Petersburg. This was a truly inspiring and motivating post!

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